Drive on Championship – the first event on the LPGA Tour’s rematch schedule – does not feature four Korean golfers in the world’s top 10.
Drive on Championship was held at Inverness Stadium, par71, in Ohio. The prize consists of 54 holes, with a prize fund of one million USD. It was added to the new schedule by the LPGA Tour to provide more competitive opportunities for member golfers after the translation break.
Drive on Championship brings together seven golfers from the top 20 in the world. But in this group, Korea has up to eight people and are absent for the same reason: afraid of nCoV. Particularly in the top 10, Korea has Ko Jin Young (number 1 in the world), Park Sung Hyun (3), Sei Young Kim (6) and Kim Hyo Joo (10).
However, the list of 144 golfers at Inverness Stadium still has many American and international stars on the Rolex Ranking. The indigenous group is led by Nelly Korda (2), Danielle Kang (4), Lexi Thompson (9), and internationally are Minjee Lee (8) and Carlota Ciganda (15). Inverness will also host the 2021 Solheim Cup between the US and European women’s team.
“Waiting for that long is enough. We are all excited when we get back on the field. There are many people taking the rhythm right away, but there are also some members who are not secure enough. I personally welcome all individuals to choose the right thing. right for yourself and those around you”, LPGA Tour Special Envoy Mike Whan commented on the new schedule.
Not only skipping Drive on Championship, Korean stars in the top 10 Rolex Rankings also ignore the next three closed rounds, including the Marathon Classic of the same state, the Ladies Scottish Open and the major Women’s British Open, all in Scotland. And thus, Park Inbee, ranked 11th, is the highest ranked golfer in the world scheduled to attend major in Scotland. She won this award in the 2015 tournament in the seven major collection.
“Due to concerns about the Covid-19 situation in the UK, Ko Jin Young did not attend the Women’s British Open. She hopes to return to the US to play the LPGA Tour, but have no concrete plans yet. We are in Korea to avoid infection and wait for positive progress in the US, “Ko Jin Young’s representative – Han Hyomin – told Golf Channel.
During the time of reluctant respiration, Ko and Park returned to their hometown, also participating in the domestic professional system of KLPGA, as the arena was open from mid-May. There, Ko finished 45th at Lotte Cantata Ladies Open and sixth at major domestic Korea Women’s Open. And Park only played the major KLPGA Championship and didn’t cut it.
After the Scotland tour, the LPGA Tour returned to the US with a series of six events from late August to early October, including two majors including ANA Inspiration and Women’s PGA Championship. And Korean stars have yet to finalize their plans to attend. In this prestigious group of events, Korean players have won 19 out of 39 recent tournaments.