The 31st version of the Korea Women’s Open takes place this week at the Jack Nicklaus designed Bears Best Golf Course, in Cheongna. Shi Hyun Ahn will defend this week against a full strength KLPGA field.
There has been a long list of notorious winners of the national open, although most are now full time LPGA Tour players and will not compete this week. This week’s winner will join the likes of Sung Hyun Park, Hyo Joo Kim, In Gee Chun and Mirim Lee as Korea Women’s Open champions and who knows what will follow for her!
To say there is a standout favourite this week, would be very naive. The 2017 KLPGA season has been very much a weekly battle between an array of players, that has been, for the most part, varying at each tournament. There is no In Gee Chun or Sung Hyun Park type dominance this year so far. Jeong Eun Lee 6 is slowly making her mark though, but one feels that this week will go to a more experienced player.
Ji Hyun Kim is the only multiple winner this season (if you don’t include Hae Rym Kim’s win in China). She waited eight years for her first win and now has two in quick succession. This is why golf is such a fascinating game and its unpredictability far exceeds any other sport, in our biased opinion!
After a final round 66 last week, Jin Young Ko will be raring to get back out on the course. There are so many comparisons to be made between Ko and KPGA #1 Jinho Choi, that it feels like a big win (like he did at the SK Telekom) is not far away- this week she has a great chance to kickstart her year.
Ha Na Jang stated that her return to the KLPGA Tour was due to family reasons- she wanted to be close to them. She also stated that she wants to win five times this year. She needs four more titles to achieve this. The Korea Women’s Open trophy will certainly be one Jang would cherish immensely.
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