Ko Jin-young ( pictured ) applied to participate in the Hilton Grand Tournament of Champions (total prize money of 1.5 million dollars), the opening game of the LPGA Tour to be held next week, but suddenly withdrew. As a result, no Korean players participated in this opening game.
Ko Jin-young originally applied for the opening game to be held at Lake Nona CC (par 72) in Orlando, Florida, USA for four days from the 20th (Korean time). However, on the 13th, his name was suddenly omitted from the list of participating players. Lee Seong-hwan, CEO of Ko Jin-young’s management company, Sema, said, “The wrist injury is not yet complete, and the amount of training is not enough to participate in the game, so we have withdrawn the application.” 카지노사이트
Ko Jin-young is currently training in Vietnam. He left the country on the 2nd and joined coach Lee Si-woo’s Vietnam winter camp to refine his shot. Ko Jin-young applied for participation in advance because he would pay a penalty according to the rules if he did not attend the opening match. However, if he overreacts, he may have bad results, so he submitted a medical certificate to the LPGA Tour Office and has been on sick leave.
Ko Jin-young, who suffered from a wrist injury last year, tied for 33rd at the CME Group Tour Championship, the final match of the season. Ko Jin-young’s wrist injury was diagnosed as an injury that could be resolved by resting as it was due to accumulated fatigue. He got enough rest last month and improved a lot, but it is said that he is not 100% completely healed.
Due to Ko Jin-young’s absence, 7 out of 10 world rankings will not attend this opening match. First of all, the total prize money is small at 1.5 million dollars. The total prize money is 1.2 million dollars less than the prize money (2.7 million dollars) received by John Rahm (Spain) who won the PGA Tour Sentry Tournament of Champions last week. Also, after taking a break for about a month after the tournament, the Asian Swing tours Thailand, Singapore and China. Therefore, it is not easy for Asian and Australian players to come to the US to play in one match.
Perhaps for that reason, world No. 1 Lydia Ko (New Zealand), as well as No. 3 Ataya Titikun (Thailand), No. 4 Lee Min-ji (Australia), No. 5 Ko Jin-young, No. 6 Lexi Thompson (USA), No. 8 Jeon In-ji, and No. 9 Above Kim Hyo-joo does not appear. Lydia Ko, who is currently enjoying her honeymoon, is scheduled to participate in the Saudi Ladies International, a European Women’s Tour (LET) to be held in Saudi Arabia next month.