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Korea’s “Big 5” Set for Major Challenge

OK, before you start saying why is there only five players being mentioned in this article, especially when two of the 2017 winners are excluded? Well, it’s “Major Week” and it’s usually weeks like this where the absolute cream of the crop produce top form. This week will probably be no exception, probably…

So Yeon Ryu is undoubtedly the LPGA Tour’s most consistent golfer at the moment. After a minor scare in the first round last week, she once again stepped up her performance over the weekend, to finished tied second. She’s at that stage now where she just needs one victory and the floodgates will open. It’s quite unbelievable that October 2014 was the world number three’s last LPGA win and the longer it continues, the more difficult it may become mentally to close out a tournament. In saying that, there would be no more deserved winner this week.

Inbee Park is only back on Tour a few weeks and it’s like she never left. Having already notched up a win at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, the pressure is somewhat off Park and she looks at complete ease out on the course. She will almost certainly end up a multiple winner again this year and quite possibly be back as world number one sooner rather than later. 

2016 Rookie of the Year, In Gee Chun already has one Major under her belt- last year’s Evian Championship, where she blitzed the field in a record score. She has had a very solid start to 2017 and the double bogey on her 72nd hole last week took away from what was her best week of the year, for 71 holes…Dumbo doesn’t let disappointment get the better of her, she’ll be back in contention from the off again this week. 

Sung Hyun Park had another impressive week on the LPGA Tour, finishing tied fourth at the Kia Classic. You get the feeling that if Park doesn’t win at least once this year, it will be deemed as a failure. In saying that, she will win…and this week is a huge opportunity for her to make a massive statement. Watch out for another solid and possibly title winning performance by Namdalla! 

Already a winner this year, Ha Na Jang has to win four more titles, to reach her goal for the year. Jang, arguably the bubbliest character on Tour, worked for up to thirteen hours daily during the winter break, with immediate effect, by winning the Australian Women’s Open. Five titles in one year is no mean feat and to achieve this, she will have to maintain her high work rate level throughout the year.

It’s likely that the aforementioned will be right in contention this week, but there are other Koreans too more than capable of challenging too. You know who they are (Bo Mee Lee, Mirim Lee, MJ Hur etc…prepare yourself for a very exciting week ahead! 

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Kenneth Quillinan (aka Quilly!) View All

First up, I suppose I better say hello and thank you for visiting my website, whoever you are. I teach, I write, I caddy, I write, I travel, I write. Mostly, about golf if that interests you. Usually interviews for various publications and blog about my caddy adventures.

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