Opening of the International Crown on the 4th
Jinyoung Ko, Hyojoo Kim, Inji Jeon, Hyejin Choi
challenged for a second straight victory following the 2018 tournament
Hanwha Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour opens on the 4th (local time) at TPC Harding Park (par 72) in San Francisco, California, USA The LifePlus International Crown ($2 million in prize money) is the tour’s only national event. It was founded in 2014 and was held three times until 2018, but the tournament has been suspended in the aftermath of the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19). In 2014, Spain won, in 2016 the United States won, and in 2018, ‘Team Korea’ took the top spot.
Ko Jin-young (28, Solaire, 3rd in the world ranking), leading Korean women’s golf, Kim Hyo-joo (28, Lotte, 9th), Jeon In-ji (29, KB Financial Group, 12th), Choi Hye-jin (24, Lotte, 25th) Trying to win 2 consecutive championships in this tournament. This year, 8 countries participated and were divided into two teams to hold a group stage, and the top 2 countries advance to the semifinals ㅋㅋㅋ벳 to determine the winner through a tournament. The United States, Sweden, England and China competed in Group A, while Korea, Japan, Thailand and Australia were drawn in Group B.
The winning members of the 2018 competition are Sunghyun Park, Soyeon Yoo, Inji Jeon, and Inkyung Kim, and Inge Jeon is the only existing member. However, it is analyzed that the power is much stronger. Ko Jin-young, who suffered from a left wrist injury last year and her performance plummeted, made a perfect comeback by winning the HSBC World Championship, her second competition of the season, within a year. She subsequently finished 5th-25th and was also ranked 9th at the first major Chevron Championships of her season. Kim Hyo-joo, who has five wins in her career, recorded three top 10 finishes in six competitions this season and continued her steady performance by finishing 11th at the Chevron Championship. Jeon In-ji, who has won 3 out of 4 career wins in major tournaments, finished 27th -24th -48th this season, withdrew from the LA Open and missed the cut at the Lotte Championship, but managed to rebound by finishing 18th at the Chevron Championship. Choi Hye-jin has not recorded a single top-10 in her seven competitions this year, so she is determined to create a chance for a twist in the International Crown.
Her formidable opponent is, of course, the United States. World No. 1 Nellie Korda (25), super long hitter Lexi Thompson (28, 4th), Lilia Bu (26, 7th), who reported two wins this season, including winning the Chevron Championship, and Korean player Daniel Kang (31, 16). It is evaluated that the lineup is ahead of Korea in ranking as well as power. Nasa Hataoka (24, Japan, 15th), who won the 2021 major US Women’s Open, has a total of 6 wins, followed by Ayaka Furue (22nd, 19th), Yuka Saso (22nd, 35th), and Hinako Shibuno. Japan, which has a team of (39th), is mentioned as an ambush.