“We can’t afford to lose”…”No more runners-up” Two signs start ‘fall fightback’ in Canada
U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour standouts Jin Young Ko and Hyo Joo Kim are set to make a second-half comeback in Canada.
Fourteen South Koreans, including Ko Jin-young and Kim Hyo-joo, are among the 14 players competing in the LPGA Tour’s CPKC Women’s Open ($2.5 million purse) starting Sept. 24 at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club (par 72, 6709 yards) in Vancouver, Canada.
The 50-year-old tournament, known as the Canadian Women’s Open, is Canada’s national title event and is steeped in tradition and prestige, having been held as the Dumaurier Classic from 1979 to 2000.
Korean players have not won a title this year, with Ko winning two (HSBC Women’s World Championship and Cognizant Founders Cup). Kim Hyo-ju is ranked seventh in the world with two runner-up finishes, but has been unable to make the decisive back-to-back plays at key moments.
Ko Jin-young, who dropped one spot to No. 4 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings released on Wednesday, is looking to halt her recent slide. She was ranked No. 1 after winning the Founders Cup, but has since slipped to No. 4 after failing to perform well in a string of majors. It’s a major setback for Ko, who hasn’t been ranked lower than No. 5 since becoming world No. 1 in April 2019.
Ko will be hoping to capitalize on the good memories of her 2019 victory at this event to win her third title of the season. It will be interesting to see how she fares after a week off, as she has been juggling majors and sponsored events in Europe and Korea. He has the second-best scoring average (70.04) on the season and will need to turn things around.
Kim Hyo-ju is the only other player this season with a scoring average in the 60s (69.68). Her eight top-10 finishes, 62% top-10 finishing percentage and 74.7% greens in regulation all rank first. She is aiming for her sixth win since last year’s Lotte Championship (April).
Choi Hye-jin, Jeon In-ji, Lee Jeong-six, Hae-ran Hae, Park Sung-hyun, Kim Se-young, and An Na-lin are also in the mix. Park won the event in 2017.메이저놀이터
Lilia Boo (USA) is making her first start since becoming the world No. 1, and eight of the world’s top 10 are in the field, including No. 2 Nelly Corda (USA), No. 5 Yin Luning (CHN), No. 6 Lydia Ko (NZL), No. 8 Allison Kopuz (USA) and No. 10 Brooke Henderson (CAN).