After a much needed two week break, the KLPGA Tour returns to action this week, for the Jeju Samdasoo Masters, on Jeju Island (obviously 😉). World number 8 Inbee Park will be the favourite to lift the trophy, but there are plenty of strong contenders, that will insure that Park will not have it all her own way.
With the LPGA Tour on a few weeks break, Park, along with numerous other Korean LPGA Tour players will undoubtedly enjoy this time off with their friends and families back home. Or maybe somewhere more exotic…I live in Korea, so I know what summertime is like here…😥😥
Just prior to the mini break, one of the season’s star players, Jeong Eun Lee, picked up her second victory of the season, at the MY Queen Valley Championship. Her first victory came at the season opener, on Jeju Island. Many would argue that Lee has been the standout player this season, and she probably possess the most impressive swing on the KLPGA Tour at the moment.
But there are two ladies that have won three times this year – Ji Hyun Kim and Hae Rym Kim. Expect them both to contend again this week, as they currently fight it out for top spot on the order of merit.
The one to watch this week is Jin Young Ko. After a decent, yet unsatisfactory start to the season, Ko withdrew from the Korea Women’s Open and took a couple of weeks away from the game – it seemed to have done her good. She returned to claim a very credible T-15th at the U.S. Women’s Open, and was in contention right up until the final hole at the MY Queen Valley Championship. It will be interesting to see if this second mini break for Ko in a matter of months will help her get back into the winners circle, where she belongs. I would say yes, if I had to make a decision…
Thankfully, Jeju Island won’t be as hot and muggy as mainland Korea. Well, that’s not a guarantee, but a strong expectation. The only guarantee is that there will be a new champion of the Jeju Samdasoo Masters, as Sung Hyun Park is not around to defend her title.
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