Technically, the full KLPGA season will not begin until next month, but this week’s tri-sanctioned tournament offers up a chance for 49 KLPGA players to get their year underway. Along with the KLPGA, LET and CLPGA members and a few invites will make up the field.
On paper, it looks like Jin Young Ko should come out on top, but one thing that is for sure, is that there are no certainties in golf. With the departure of her main rival last year, Ko is expected to take over Sung Hyun Park’s reign as the one to beat on the KLPGA Tour this year. A win this week would certainly make a strong statement right from the start.
Defending champion Jung Min Lee should be in the mix again this week, as the strength of the Korean presence looks highly likely to be too much for their European Tour and China LPGA counterparts.
Runners up last year, Seung Hyun Lee, Bo Kyung Kim and Sol Han Ji will be hoping for one better this week, and Lee in particular should be in contention on Sunday afternoon.
After a disappointing second half to her 2016 KLPGA season, Jeongmin Cho looks like she may be in store for a much more successful year ahead. Along with her new Irish caddie, Shane Comer, Cho is our one to watch this season and winning this week would not be a major surprise.
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