There are many different angles to choose from for this week’s LPGA Hana Bank Championship. The outcome is far from predictable, with most of the world’s top players teeing it up, minus Inbee Park (injured) and Ha Neul Kim (playing in Japan). We have a good feeling for In Gee Chun to end her winless year in front of her home crowd.
Sung Hyun Park will obviously have a lot of support at SKY72- a course that is very much suited to her length off the tee. However, with extra support, comes extra pressure to perform. It will be interesting to see if the current world number two can get herself into the mix on Sunday afternoon. If she can, she will be hard to stop.
World number one for the last 16 weeks, So Yeon Ryu said that she will try to focus on having fun while on the course. Formerly sponsored by Hana Bank until her fathers tax evasion scandal, Ryu has received some very unjustified negative attention over this, as well as earlier this year at the Ana Inspiration Open. A win this week will quieten her critics and cement her position at the top of the world rankings.
Hye Jin Choi, who has already won twice on the KLPGA Tour this year and came close to winning the Women’s US Open, cannot be ruled out of this one. She is arguably Korea’s next big thing, but she is certainly not the only potential world beater from this country!
Jin Young Ko is expected to mount a strong from the KLPGA Tour. A recent winner of the BMW Ladies Open played at the SKY72 Hanul course, Ko will be hoping for double delight by picking up another title at the Ocean course this week.
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