The time has come for another bumper 2017 KLPGA season to get underway. This year’s schedule is set 32 tournaments, not including last months tri sanctioned World Ladies Championship in China, which was won by Hae Rym Kim.
First up this season is the Lotte Rent a Car Open taking place on Jeju Island. Su Yeon Jang will be hoping to defend her title.
Jin Young Ko, who played in last week’s ANA Inspiration has decided to sit this one out, but apart from Ko, there is a very strong field amassed, which includes LPGA regulars and recent Tour winners Ha Na Jang and Hyo Joo Kim. Jang, who has set her sights on five victories for the year, will see this week as a great opportunity to double her tally so far.
In form Hae Rym Kim will also undoubtedly be among the favourites this week. She is also a member of the Lotte sponsored golfers group, which may (or may not!) give her some extra motivation to put in a strong performance.
Defending champion (previously called Lotte Mart Women’s Open), Su Yeon Jang backed up this victory with another five weeks later, at the NH Investment & Securities Ladies Championship. She can’t be ruled out of a successful defence this week.
With Sung Hyun Park moving to the LPGA Tour, it will be very interesting to see if someone can emerge from the pack to dominate the Tour like she did. This week could provide some insight.
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