LPGA’s only match play begins…Ji-Hee Lee looks to win back-to-back titles
South Korea’s “eldest” golfer on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, Ji-hee Ji, 37, will look to make it back-to-back victories in the tour’s only match play event.
Ji-hee will compete in the Bank of Hope Match Play ($1.5 million purse) at Shadow Creek Golf Club (par 72) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, starting today (Sept. 24).
This is the only event on the LPGA Tour to be played in a match-play format.
A total of 64 players will compete in 16 groups of four, with the top finisher in each group advancing to the round of 16. From there, it’s a single-elimination tournament until the final.
In last year’s final, Ji-hee Kim defeated Ayaka Furue (JPN) to win her sixth career LPGA Tour title.
At the time, Ji became the oldest South Korean player to win on the LPGA Tour at 36 years and 17 days.
Since then, she has fallen far from the top. Her best finish this season was a tie for 11th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March. 메이저사이트
Ji-hee will be competing against Lynn Grant (Sweden), Matilda Kastren (Finland), and Maddie Jurick (Canada).
Along with Ji Hee, South Korea will be represented by Hae Ran Ju, Se Young Kim, Arim Kim, Anna Lin, and Jeong Eun Lee.
Hae-ran Hae and Ah-rim Kim are in the same group with Frida Sinnert (SWE) and Lindsey Weaver-Wright (USA) for the round of 16.
Anna Lin-Shin Ji-Eun and Lee Jeong-Hong will also face off in the group stage.
World No. 1 Jin Young Ko (KOR) returns, while No. 2 Nelly Corda (USA), No. 3 Lydia Ko (NZL) and No. 4 Lilia Boo (USA) will not compete.