largest in Korea, Lydia Ko (26), Korean-American from New Zealand, ranked 9th in the world, and 2021 Rookie of the Year Patty Tawatanakit (24, Thailand). Star players active on the LPGA Tour meet Korean fans. The stage is the Korea Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour Hana Financial Group Championship held at Bears Best Cheongna (par 72, 6,712 yards) in Incheon on the 21st.
This tournament has a total prize money of 1.5 billion won, making it the second largest prize money after the Hanwha Classic held in August (total prize money of 1.7 billion won). In particular, it will be held as part of the Ladies Asian Tour series organized by the Asia Golf Leaders Forum. Because of this, a large number of foreign players expressed their candidacy. Among them, Lee Min-ji and Lydia Go, who are sponsored by Hana Financial Group, are the most notable. Lee Min-ji, who has a total of 9 wins, is considered a favorite to win this tournament because her shot feels good enough to win the previous tournament, the Kroger Queen City Championship. Lee Min-ji’s main weapon is an accurate, ruler-like iron shot, and she is in first place with a green hit rate of 74.17%.안전놀이터
Lydia Ko, the former world number one with a total of 19 wins, appears to have slowed down a bit this year. After tying for 6th place in Honda Thailand in February, he missed the cut 4 times in 14 competitions and is suffering from a lack of top 10 results. However, as she showed her strong side in the Korean competition, attention will be paid to whether she will be able to provide an opportunity to escape from her poor performance. She matches well with the domestic competition course, placing 5th in this competition in 2021 and winning the LPGA Tour BMW Ladies Championship held in Korea last year.
Attention is being paid to whether ‘Women’s DeChambeau’ Tawatanakit, winner of the 2021 LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, will also show off her formidable long-hitting power. He won the ANA Inspiration, a major tournament in her debut season, with an average drive shot distance of 323 yards in four rounds. However, she has only made the top 10 twice this year, and is in a poor situation, missing the cut 5 times in 18 competitions. The distance this season is 259.80 yards (63rd).
Choi Hye-jin (24, Lotte), who plays in the LPGA, is also aiming to win. Choi Hye-jin won the KLPGA Tour Lotte Open in June of this year, and the venue at that time was the same as this tournament. In addition, veteran Yokomine Sakura (Japan), who has a total of 23 wins in Japanese women’s professional golf, and long hitter Bianca Pagdanganan (Philippines), who ranked first in driving distance on the LPGA Tour in 2020, are also visiting Korea.
KLPGA tour players include Lee Ye-won (20, KB Financial Group), who ranks first in season prize money and grand prize points, defending champion Kim Su-ji (27, Dongbu Construction), Park Ji-young (27, Korea Land Trust), and Park Min-ji (25, NH Investment & Securities). This is going out in full force. Lee Ye-won and Park Ji-young are in first and second place, with a difference of about 70 million won in prize money and 8 points in the grand prize, so a fierce battle for the lead is expected.