Ko Jin-young (28) does not participate in the opening match of the LPGA Tour.
Ko Jin-young decided not to participate in the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions (total prize money of $ 1.5 million) in the LPGA Tour 2023 season opener to be held at the Lake Nona and Country Club in Orlando, Florida, USA on the 20th (Korean time).
Unlike her previous years, she started in the opener and was going to play through the season, but decided to focus more on her injury management. After she did more wrist care, her doctor suggested that she play the season.
Only players who have won the LPGA Tour in the past two years can participate in this tournament. Among domestic players, only Ko Jin-young applied for participation, but it was eventually canceled. Therefore, none of the Korean players will participate in the opening match of this season.
Jinyoung Ko will begin her season at the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club in Thailand in late February. That gave her more than a month to recover.
In this competition, the confrontation between Jinyoung Ko and Nellie Corda (USA), who competed for world No. 1 in 2021, attracted interest, but as Jinyoung Ko withdrew from the competition, the competition between the two was postponed to the next time.
Among the world’s top 10 players, Lydia Ko (New Zealand), Ataya Titikkun (Thailand), Lee Min-ji (Australia), Lexi Thompson (USA), Jeon In-ji (29) and Kim Hyo-joo (28) will not participate. Lydia Ko has been married for a while now and she is known to be out of action.
The US Golf Week pointed out, “The tournament prize money is small, and there is also an Asian tournament in February, so it’s a long way for Asian or Australian players to go only to play in this tournament.”토토사이트
Ko Jin-young climbed back to world No. 1 last year and started the season in a good mood by winning the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March. However, he struggled from the middle of the season due to a wrist injury.
She eventually withdrew from the domestic BMW Ladies Championship with a bottom finish, missed the cut at the Pelican Championship, and finished in a tie for 33rd at the CME Group Tour Championships at the end of the season. Attention is focusing on whether she will be able to regain her position as the strongest player this year.