South Korea’s ‘eldest sister’ Ji-hee Kim will attempt to win back-to-back titles in the only match play event on the Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour.
Ji-hee Kim will compete in the Bank of Hope Match Play ($1.5 million purse) at the par-72 Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, starting today (Sept. 24).
The only event on the LPGA Tour to be played in a match-play format, Ji-hee defeated Ayaka Furue (JPN) in the final last year to win her sixth career LPGA Tour title. It was her first win in more than three years since the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January 2019. Ji-hee became the oldest South Korean player to win an LPGA Tour event at 36 years and 17 days during match play last year.
Since then, however, her results have been poor. Outside of her win last season, she has only one top-10 finish. This season, she has made the cut in five of her seven events, but her best finish was a tie for 11th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March. He missed the cut at the Cognizant Founders Cup last week.
The 64-player field is divided into 16 groups of four, with the top finisher in each group advancing to the round of 16, followed by single-elimination matches from the round of 16 to the final. Ji Hee will compete against Lynn Grant (Sweden), Matilda Kastren (Finland), and Maddie Jerich (Kenya).먹튀검증
Other Korean players competing in the tournament include Hae-ran Ha, Se-young Kim, Arim Kim, Anna Lin, and Jeong-eun Lee. Hae-ran Hae and Ah-rim Kim are paired with Frida Sinnert (SWE) and Lindsey Weaver-Wright (USA) for a spot in the round of 16, while Anna Lin, Shin Ji-eun, and Lee Jeong-eun will also meet in the group stage.
Ko, who regained the No. 1 spot in the world rankings released on Wednesday, will be joined by world No. 2 and No. 3 Nellie Coda (USA) and Lydia Ko (NZL).