Lydia Ko (26, New Zealand), the world’s No. 1 in women’s golf, will compete in her first tournament after getting married.스포츠토토
Lydia Ko attended the official press conference of the European Women’s Professional Golf Tour (LET) Aramco Saudi Ladies International held at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the 16th (Korean time) to discuss her current status after marriage and her first tournament in 2023. expressed their feelings, etc.
He married Jeong Jun, the youngest son of Hyundai Card Vice Chairman Jeong Tae-young, on December 30 last year at Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul. She realized that not having time to practice makes me passionate about practicing in a way, but at the same time I lose my sense of golf really quickly,” she said.
Still, since she practiced on her honeymoon, it was easier to get back into practice mode, he says with a smile.
At the same time, she smiled broadly, revealing, “As an added bonus, I also made a hole-in-one on my honeymoon.”
Lydia Ko had her best year last year, enjoying her second peak and even having her wedding ceremony. After falling into a long slump since 2016, she won three victories on the LPGA tour last year and received the Player of the Year award and the Bear Trophy (least stroke award). She also rose to No. 1 in the women’s golf world rankings again after five years.
Lydia Ko, who won an overwhelming victory by 5 strokes at the 2021 Aramco Saudi Ladies International, gave up defending her title last year after catching Corona 19 and returned after two years.
Lydia Ko said, “I am happy to start the first tournament of 2023 here with many good memories. I look forward to another great week in 2021 because I think the level of players participating is much better than when I won.”
He added, “I think it is probably one of the biggest tournaments in Saudi Arabia, and I hope to see us playing well and more juniors dreaming of coming to this tournament in the future.”
This tournament will be held with a total prize money of 5 million dollars (approximately 6.43 billion won), just like the Asian Tour men’s tournament PIF Saudi International held in Saudi Arabia. It was originally $1 million, but it has increased fivefold.
Lydia Ko said, “It is exciting news that women’s golf is being treated the same as men’s golf. Overall, it’s a big step forward for women’s golf,” he said. “We are trying to close the gap (with men’s golf), such as major tournaments. I am so grateful that so many sponsors support and believe in the talent women golfers have. I hope the gap will get smaller and smaller.”
Meanwhile, Lydia Ko will start the first round of the tournament at 1:21 p.m. Korean time on the 16th with Ataya Titikul (Thailand) and Charlie Hull (England), who won the LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year award last year.
Jeon In-ji (29), Kim Hyo-joo (28), Lee Jung-eun (27), Ji Eun-hee (36), Kim A-rim (27), Yu Hae-ran (22), Shin Ji-eun (31), Lim Hee-jung (23), Lim Jin-hee (25), Seong Yu-jin (23), Hwang Jung-mi (24), Hong Jung-min (21), Jung Yun-ji (23), Song Ga-eun (23), Cho Ah-yeon (23), Lee So-mi (24), and Ha Min-song (27) participated in a large number of Korean players and won their first championship of the season. go hunting