The Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Tour’s Hana Financial Group Championship (KRW 1.5 billion in prize money) will be held at BearsBest Cheongna (Par 72-6712) in Incheon, South Korea, starting on Sept. 21.
The tournament is a regular event on the KLPGA Tour and the Ladies Asian Tour (LAT) series, which covers Asia including China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, so the field of players is as large as any international tournament.
Foreign players include Lydia Ko (New Zealand) and Lee Min-ji (Australia), both of whom are sponsored by Hana Financial Group.
Lydia Ko, who dominated the LPGA Tour’s money list and reigning Player of the Year last year, will be competing in Korea for the first time since getting married late last year. Ko hasn’t had a top-10 finish since a tie for sixth at the Honda Thailand in February, but she is expected to bounce back with a strong showing in Korea, including a win at the BMW Ladies Championship last October.
Lee Min-ji, who won the Kroger Queen City Championship earlier this month, a year and two months after winning the U.S. Open in July, will also look to continue her good form on the LPGA Tour. LPGA Tour player Choi Hye-jin (Lotte) will also be competing on the international circuit. Choi won the KLPGA Tour’s Lotte Open in June, which was held at BearsBest Cheongna.메이저사이트
Also in the field are 2021 LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year Patti Thawatanakit (Thailand), 23-time Japan Ladies Professional Golf (JLPGA) Tour winner Sakura Yokomine (Japan), and long-hitting Bianca Pagdanganan (Philippines), who led the LPGA Tour in driving distance in 2020. The Korean field includes Lee Ye-won (KB Financial Group), who leads the season in money and points, Park Ji-young (Korea Land Trust), who is closing in on Lee with her only three wins of the year, tour regular Park Min-ji (NH Investment & Securities), Madasom (Samcheon-ri), who recorded her first career win at the Women’s Open last weekend, and defending champion Kim Soo-ji (Dongbu E&C).
“After my first win of the year at the Hanwha Classic, I have a good overall feeling. I know the course well and it suits my game,” said Kim, “I will do my best to defend my title.”