Kim Hyo-joo (28, photo), who is on the rise, is going to defend her Lotte Championship title on the LPGA Tour.
At the Lotte Championship (total prize money of 2 million dollars, about 2.65 billion won), which opens on the 13th at Ho Akalay CC (par 72) in Juewa Beach, Hawaii, USA, Kim Hyo-joo wins her first win of the season and challenges for the second consecutive championship. Kim Hyo-joo won this event last year and collected five LPGA career victories, but has never successfully defended her title.
The LPGA Tour picked Kim Hyo-joo as one of the three players to watch in this tournament and said, “Kim Hyo-joo unfortunately missed her 6th career victory at the Dio Implant LA Open.” We will find the last momentum,” he predicted. As analyzed by the LPGA Tour, Kim Hyo-joo is showing a good shot feeling all season. She finished 3rd and she finished tied for 3rd at the LA Open. He tied for 10th at the Honda LPGA Thailand, his first appearance, and tied for 8th at the HSBC World Championship held in March.
The fact that top rankers do not participate is also a good thing for Kim Hyo-joo. Six people within the top 10 will not attend, including world number one Korean New Zealander Lydia Ko (26), second place Nellie Corda (25, USA), and third place Ko Jin-young (28). They are known to be absent to prepare for The Chevron Championship, the first LPGA major tournament of this season to be held from the 20th. Among the players participating in this tournament, two players ranked higher than Kim Hyo-joo, who is ranked ninth in the world, are Brooke Henderson (26, Canada, 7th) and Celine Boutier (30, France, 8th). The LPGA Tour also picked Henderson and Allison Kofuz (25, USA, 33rd) from Hawaii as candidates for the championship.
Commentator Han Hee-won said, “Hawaii, where the tournament is held, is a windy course, so it is not easy to predict. Kim Hyo-joo is a player who shows steady performance, but considering the recent shot feeling, I think it will lead to good results if you focus until the end.” Kim Hyo-joo said, “I am hoping that many people will defend the title by winning the sponsors competition last year.” “Personally, I like playing in Hawaii. I want to prepare well and show a good image.” 카지노사이트
16 Korean players, including Kim Hyo-joo, will participate in this event. Jeon In-ji (29), who recently returned from an injury, and Yoo Hae-ran (22), who won first place in LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year points this season, are also attracting attention. Along with Kim Hyo-joo, Choi Hye-jin (24), who is sponsored by Lotte, will also make a sortie.