The first major tournament of the LPGA tour season is finally opening.
The Chevron Championship (total prize money of $5.1 million), held at The Club at Carleton Woods Jack Nicklaus Signature Course (par 72) in The Woodlands, Texas, for four days from the 21st (Korean time), is the first LPGA Tour major tournament this year.
Until last year, the event was held in the first week of April at Mission Hills CC in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, California, USA, but this year, the date and venue were changed to avoid the heat wave exceeding 30 degrees Celsius.
Domestic golf fans are interested in this tournament, where all the top 20 players, including world ranking No. Collaboration, Ko Jin-young’s first major championship win in four years, and Jeon In-ji (29, KB Financial Group)’s career grand slam achievement.
The Korean players participating in this tournament include Ko Jin-young and Jeon In-ji, Kim Se-young (30), Yoo So-yeon (33), Annarin (27, Mediheal), Kim A-rim (28), Ji Eun-hee (37), Shin Ji-eun (30, Hanwha). Q CELLS), Lee Jung-eun (27, Daebang Engineering & Construction), Park Seong-hyeon (30, Solaire), Kim Hyo-joo (28), Choi Hye-jin (24, Lee Sang-Lotte), Mi-hyang Lee (30), Choi Woon-jung (33, Lee Sang-Volvik), Yang Hee-young (34, Woori Lee) Financial Group) and Yoo Hae-ran (22, Daol Financial Group).
Ko Jin-young, who has 14 wins on the LPGA Tour, won her first major championship in 2019 at this event (then called ANA Inspiration). After winning the second major tournament in his career at the Evian Championship held in July, he has yet to win an additional championship.
Ko Jin-young, who scored his first win of the season early, skipped the Lotte Championship held in Hawaii last week to prepare for this tournament. In the first and second rounds, he will play with Jennifer Cupcho (USA), the winner of last year, and Patty Tawatanagit (Thailand), the winner of the 2021 competition.
Jeon In-ji, who has won 3 out of 4 LPGA Tour wins in major tournaments, will become the second Korean player to achieve the “Career Grand Slam” after Park In-bi (35, KB Financial Group) if she wins this event.
Inji Jeon won the 2015 US Open, 2016 Evian Championship, and last year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Park In-bi, who is about to give birth, will not participate in the competition.
On the LPGA Tour, winning four of the five major tournaments (Chevron Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, US Women’s Open, AIG Women’s Open, and Evian Championship) is recognized as a career grand slam.
Kim Hyo-joo, who has won 5 LPGA Tour careers,토스카지노 will challenge the ‘Major Queen’ for the first time in 9 years since the 2014 Evian Championship. Kim Hyo-joo tried to win her first two consecutive wins at the Lotte Championship last week, but finished the tournament in a tie for 48th with a 78 stroke in the second round.
Unfamiliar courses and weather are expected to be variables for victory. Carlton Woods, designed by Jack Nicklaus, has many bunkers (59 bunkers) and water (9 hazards) and fast greens. In addition, the battlefield is set to be longer than 6800 yards, so it is likely to be a battle against the distance. Rain and thunderstorm warnings were forecast for the Woodlands area during the tournament.