JLPGA, defending champ Saigo Mao fined 10 million won for not attending… domestic?

Saigo Mao (Japan) pays a fine of 1 million yen (approximately 9.65 million won) for not participating in the JLPGA tour.

Nippon Sports Hochi reported on the 13th that Saigo did not play in the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament, resulting in her being fined 1 million yen.

She said the contest’s contestant list has not yet been released, but as of the deadline for her application, she said Saigo was absent and her fine was imposed. Saigo is the defending champion of the tournament, the opening match of the JLPGA Tour 2023 season to be held at the Ryukyu Golf Club in Okinawa, Japan for four days from March 2nd.

Saigo reported her first win in this tournament last year, and then won 5 victories in just one season. In April, she won the Panasonic Open Ladies Golf Tournament, earning her a spot on the LPGA Tour at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore, which coincided with the date of the HSBC Women’s World Championship and the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament. overlapped 

In the end, Saigo took her HSBC Women’s World Championship. The JLPGA ordered Saigo to pay a fine of 1,000,000 yen because the JLPGA violated Tour Regulations, Chapter 5 Participation Obligation, Article 25, JLPGA Tour winners must participate in the following year.

The JLPGA is exempted from obligations if it participates in major overseas tournaments, but around the time the Panasonic Open Ladies Golf Tournament was held last year, the association announced that the HSBC Women’s World Championship did not belong to major overseas tournaments.

Through management, Saigo said, “It was a bitter decision to not participate in the Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament, where I won my first championship, as a defending champion.” I will continue to focus on golf for the sake of the future,” he said. 메이저놀이터

The JLPGA tour imposes a fine of 10 million won if the defending champion does not participate. For domestic tours, fines are higher. This is because of the symbolism of the defending champion participating in the tournament. 

The Korea Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour imposes a penalty of the entire winning prize money paid in the previous year if the defending champion does not attend. However, if there are reasons recognized by the Reward and Punishment Subcommittee, such as natural disasters, childbirth and marriage, or inpatient treatment, there is no need to pay a penalty. If you are active or invited on an overseas tour, it will be judged separately and decided.

The Korea Professional Golf (KPGA) Korean Tour requires players to pay a penalty of 100 million won. However, Korean tours do not have to return or pay the penalty if there is prior consultation with the organizers.

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