Aramco Saudi Ladies International (total prize money of 5 million dollars) is a valuable opportunity for Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour players who have difficulty gaining overseas experience.
17 Korean players participated in the European Women’s Professional Golf Tour (LET) Aramco Saudi Ladies International (total prize money of 5 million dollars) held at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club (par 72) in Saudi Arabia from the 16th.
Excluding Jeon In-ji (29), Kim Hyo-joo (28), Lee Jeong-eun (27), Kim A-rim (27), Ji Eun-hee (37), and Shin Ji-eun (31), 11 players are players on the KLPGA Tour. Yoo Hae-ran (22) will play as a rookie on the LPGA tour starting this year, but Lim Hee-jeong (23), Hong Jung-min (21), and Jeong Yoon-ji (23) are “domestic players” who will also be on the KLPGA tour this year.
There are two main ways for domestic players to compete in overseas tours. Participating in a major tournament with a world ranking or receiving an invitation from a main sponsor.
To compete in multiple majors, you must be at least within the top 50 in the world rankings. The Chevron Championship and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship are based on world rankings of 40th and the Evian Championship, 50th. The U.S. Women’s Open ranks within 75th, but the standard is low. Only domestic players in the world’s top 50 are Park Min-ji (25), Lee So-mi (24), Kim Su-ji (27), and Lee Ye-won (20).
The best way is to participate in the BMW Ladies Championship, an LPGA tour event held in Korea once a year. Domestic players, as KLPGA members, should prioritize the KLPGA tour held at the same time.
This means that it is virtually impossible to participate in overseas tour events unless the world ranking is even slightly lower than the standard or sponsored by the main sponsors of LPGA tour events such as Lotte and Medihill. 바카라사이트
Given this situation, players cannot but be hungry for overseas experiences. Aramco Saudi Ladies International is a tournament that has come like rain to domestic players who want to compete in overseas tour events.
The tournament also opened its doors to non-member players ranked 300th in the world rankings. There was a cutoff, but Im Jin-hee (25), ranked 93rd in the world, and Song Ga-eun (23) and Jo Ah-yeon (23), who were outside the top 100, were also able to participate.
In addition, the competition is held just in time for the field training period, so it is good to check the sense of practice. You can play against world-class players such as Lydia Ko (New Zealand), Ataya Titikkun (Thailand), and Daniel Kang (USA). The total prize money was 5 million dollars, so even if you barely pass the cut, you will receive at least 12,000 dollars (approximately 15.5 million won). The players were determined to invest even if it took a full day to travel from the field training site to the competition site.
Domestic players who went all the way to Saudi Arabia made their names in the top ranks from the first day. Hong Jeong-min tied for 3rd with a 7-under 65, and Lim Hee-jung tied for 6th with a 6-under. In addition, Lim Jin-hee, Jung Yun-ji, Lee So-mi, and Hwang Jeong-mi (24) also recorded under par scores.