Hana Financial Championship features many international players, including Lydia Ko and Lee Min-ji
The powerhouses of the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) are set to battle it out for the best shot in Korea.
The stage is set for the Hana Financial Group Championship (total prize money of 1.5 billion won – winner’s prize of 270 million won) to be held at Bears Best Cheongna (Par 72, 6,712 yards) in Incheon from the 21st.
The tournament will feature a number of international stars, including Lydia Ko (New Zealand) and Lee Min-ji (Australia), who are sponsored by Hana Financial Group. Lee won the El Piezier Tour Kroger Queen City Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio, earlier this month, while Lydia Ko is a traditional powerhouse, although she has been struggling since her sixth-place finish at the Honda Thailand in February. Lydia Ko is no stranger to events held in South Korea, having won the El PGA Tour BMW Ladies Championship here last year.
Other local favorites include 2021 El PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Patti Thawatanakit (THAI), Sakura Yokomine (JPN), who has 23 career wins on the Japanese Ladies Professional Golf Tour, and long-hitting Bianca Pagdanganan (PHIL), who led the El PGA Tour in driving distance in 2020. Choi Hye-jin, who plays on the El PGA Tour, will also be in attendance.
Domestic players include most of the tour’s powerhouses, including Lee Ye-won, the season’s money and points leader, defending champion Kim Soo-ji, Park Ji-young and Park Min-ji. Kim Soo-ji expressed her confidence through the organizers, saying, “I have a good overall feel for my shots and putts.”메이저놀이터
Madasom, who won her first career title at the OK Financial Group Isman Open in a playoff last week, will be looking to return to the top for a second straight week. “Winning gives me a lot of confidence,” said Madasom. This tournament is also on my favorite course. I will try to keep the momentum going.”
For the tournament, Hana Financial Group will donate up to 20 million won for every birdie or better on the 1st and 11th holes, and will set up a “Hana ESG Zone” at the second shot of the 17th hole, collecting 1.1 million won each time a ball lands in the zone, raising up to 200 million won. The total donation of 250 million won will be used for a project to support pregnant women in crisis in Incheon.