A war of KOs in the majors, a battle for world ranking No. 1… Anticipation for the birth of the second Korean career grand slammer

The battle for world rankings, the ‘KO War’, will be held in major tournaments. If the first major tournament of the season develops into a world ranking battle, it can draw attention from golf fans around the world.

The Chevron Championship (total prize money of $5.1 million), the first major tournament of the LPGA tour season, will kick off on the 20th (Korean time) at The Club Carlton Woods (par 72, 6842 yards) in Woodlens, Texas, USA. . The Chevron Championship is the successor to the ANA Inspiration, which was called the ‘Queen of the Lake’. The traditional ceremony in which the winner jumped into the lake has disappeared, but the title of ‘Major Queen’ remains.바카라

For reference, there are five major women’s golf tournaments, including the Chevron Championship, which opens this month, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June, the US Women’s Open and Evian Championship in July, and the AIG Women’s Open in August. If you win four or more of these tournaments, you will be honored with the ‘Career Grand Slam’. ‘Golf Empress’ Park In-bi (35, KB Financial Group) is the only Korean player to have a record.

This tournament could be the birth of a second career grand slammer. Eyes are already focused on the battle for world rankings and whether or not the second Korean career grand slammer will be born.

The ‘war of KO’ stands out first. The three empresses who are on the border between Mercury and Recapture, ranked 1st to 3rd in the world, will sortie side by side. Lydia Ko (26, Hana Financial Group), Nellie Koda (25, Hanwha Q Cells), and Ko Jin-young (28, Solaire) did not go to the Lotte Championship held in Hawaii, USA, to take the major queen and world number 1 at the same time, and had time to readjust. had It is a tournament that has no choice but to be greedy in many ways, as it has the potential to end the season’s first major queen, as well as the “Queen of the Lake” era, and the first ceremony of the new queen to become a tournament tradition.

Lydia Ko has the experience of becoming ‘Queen of the Lake’ in 2016. If she wins this tournament, she will regain her major queen status after 7 years. Korda seeks her second major championship. In June 2021 she won the first major championship title of her life at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. “I want to win a major again,” Korda, who is also a gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, said. If possible, my goal is to complete the Golden Career Grand Slam.” Among active female players, Park In-bi is the only Golden Career Grand Slammer.

Ko Jin-young, who had a good week with her meditation and putting training, became the ‘Queen of the Lake’ in 2019. In the same year, she even held the Evian Championship in her arms, monopolizing almost all titles such as world No. 1 and Player of the Year. Her season’s first major win is tantamount to announcing the return of ‘Genius Jinyoung Ko’. If she decorates her 15th win on the LPGA Tour with a major victory, the Hall of Fame she hopes for will come true.

Although not in normal condition due to back pain, Jeon In-ji (29, KB Financial Group), who has entered the recovery phase, is also interested in the great challenge. Jeon In-ji won the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open and earned the nickname ‘National Queen’ as a player who won all three national titles in Korea, the U.S. and Japan. By winning the 2016 Evian Championship, she planted a strong image in major competitions, and after suffering injuries and slumps, she declared a comeback by winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last year.

If you collect one trophy of this tournament or the AIG Women’s Open to be held in August, you will achieve the second career grand slam as a Korean. Attention is focusing on whether she will shake off the regret of missing the trophy at the AIG Women’s Open last year after an extended match at the first major tournament of the season. zzang@sportsseoul.com

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