Reporter Kim Dong-chan = World No. 1 Lydia Ko (New Zealand) finished the first round of the first tournament of the new year in a good mood.
Lydia Ko finished 8th in the first round of the Ladies European Tour (LET) Aramco Saudi Ladies International (total prize money: $5 million) held at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club (par 72, 6,225 yards) in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia on the 16th. He shot an under par 64.
Lydia Ko, who started the second round on the 17th as a joint lead with Pajari Anan Narukan (Thailand), had a good start in her first competition after her marriage last December.
Lydia Ko drove in only 8 of her birdies without a bogey on the day and placed her name at the top of the leaderboard.
Lydia Ko, who won the LPGA Tour BMW Ladies Championship held in Wonju, Gangwon-do in October last year, also won the CME Group Tour Championship, the final round of the LPGA Tour season, in November last year.
Lydia Ko, who swept first place in major categories such as Player of the Year, prize money, and average strokes in the LPGA Tour 2022 season, returned to world No. 1 by winning the Tour Championship. is going on 온라인카지노
Lydia Ko wins the Aramco Saudi Ladies International held in November 2021 and challenges to regain supremacy in a year and three months.
Founded in 2020, the competition was held in November in 2020 and 2021, and in March last year.
Sponsored by Aramco, a state-run company in Saudi Arabia, the total prize pool was $1 million last year, but this year it has increased significantly to $5 million.
This is similar to the $5.1 million total prize money of the Chevron Championship, the first major event of the season on the LPGA Tour.
This is why a large number of world-class players, in addition to Lydia Ko, participated in this event.
As for Korean players, Jung-Min Hong (21), who plays an active part in the Korean Women’s Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) tour, tied for third place with Ataya Tittikkun (Thailand) and Aditi Ashok (India) with a 7 under par 65 strokes.
Lim Hee-jung (23) tied for 6th place with Gaby Lopez (Mexico) with 6 under par 66 strokes, and Kim Hyo-joo (28) and Hae-ran Yoo (22) tied for 8th place with 5 under par 67 strokes.
Jeon In-ji (29) recorded a 2 under par 70 and finished the first day in a tie for 30th place.