‘New bride’ Lydia Ko (26, New Zealand) puts down the sweetness of newlyweds for a while and returns to the field.
World No. 1 Lydia Ko will compete in the Ladies European Tour (LET) event to be held in Saudi Arabia in February. According to Golf Channel, an American golf media outlet, on the 11th, Lydia Ko will participate in the LET Aramco Saudi Ladies International, which will be held in Saudi Arabia for four days from February 16th. Lydia Ko also won the LET Aramco Saudi Ladies International in 2021. The tournament is also sponsored by Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company.
The tournament will be held with a total prize money of 5 million dollars and a winning prize of 750,000 dollars (approximately 930 million won). Excluding major tournaments, this is the tournament with the largest prize money at stake in LET history.
Lydia Ko became a new bride on December 30 last year. She held her wedding at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul. She is still in her honeymoon dreams. Therefore, local predictions are that she will most likely not play in the 2023 season opener of the US Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour. As evidence of that, she has yet to apply for an opener appearance.
The LPGA Tour 2023 season opener is the Hilton Grand Vacations Champions Tournament to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA for four days from the 19th. There are no LPGA Tour events scheduled during the LET Saudi Arabia Tournament. After the tournament in Saudi Arabia, the LPGA Tour Honda Thailand tournament will be held in Thailand from February 23.메이저놀이터
Meanwhile, Lydia Ko enjoyed the double celebration of being selected as the 2022 Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA). Following her 2015, it is her second career award. The LPGA announced on its homepage on the 11th (Korean time) that Lydia Ko won 79.5% support and beat her Min-Ji Lee (Australia) and Titikun Ataya (Thailand). Lydia Ko had her best year on the LPGA Tour in 2022, winning three major categories including her money ($4,364,403), Player of the Year, and batting average.