[이데일리 스타in 주영로 기자] December’s match begins for the prize money king and the world ranking first place.
The LPGA Tour starts with the Volunteers of America (VOA) Classic, which starts on the 3rd (local time), the last major tournament of the season on the 10th, the US Women’s Open, and the CME Group Tour Championship on the 17th.
The LPGA Tour, which was forced to rest for about four months from the third week of last February to the fourth week of June due to the aftermath of Corona 19, has only played 15 competitions this year, predicting a complicated title competition at the end of the season.
The US Women’s Open, held as the last major event of the season, and the final CME Group Tour Championship with $1.1 million in winning prizes are expected to be the watershed to determine the title.
As of the day, the gap between Jinyoung Ko (7.79) and Seyoung Kim (7.38), ranked No. 1 in the women’s golf world ranking, is 0.41 points.
Ko Jin-young had an opportunity to widen the gap in the VOA Classic where Kim Se-young did not participate. However, if the gap cannot be widened, Ko Jin-young is at a disadvantage.
The results of the subsequent US Women’s Open are important. Major competitions have world ranking points that are at least twice as high as general competitions. It is a slight difference, so whether or not to win, even if Kim Se-young rises to the top and Ko Jin-young stays in the middle and bottom, the ranking can be reversed.
Kim Se-young, who won two wins this year, is more than the strongest after winning the US Women’s Open this year. In October, it reached the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and relieved the burden of winning a major tournament. Above all, Kim Se-young, who contributed “I will become the number one in the world ranking,” skips the competition and prepares for the US Women’s Open, which is a burden for Ko Jin-young. Kim Se-young skipped the VOA Classic and is focusing on the US Women’s Open, a major tournament.
Ko Jin-young stayed in Korea throughout the season due to the spread of Corona 19, then flew to the United States in October and participated in the LPGA tour for the first time this year at the Pelican Championship. Kim Se-young won this competition, and Ko Jin-young tied for 34th place. I stayed in Korea and participated in the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour, but it has not yet shown perfect performance.
It is also disadvantageous that Ko Jin-young has not yet received the right to participate in the CME Group Tour Championship in the final match of the season. Only 70 people participate in this competition without cutoff. Ko Jin-young ranks 141 in CME points per day. Seyoung Kim is the winner of this competition last year.
The reason Kim Se-young decided to skip the VOA Classic and go to the US Women’s Open and the CME Group Tour Championship is his intention to catch all three rabbits.
If Kim Se-young wins the US Women’s Open, he will be ranked No. 1 in the world rankings and the player of the year will be confirmed.
Players of the year, determined by points awarded for each competition, will receive twice as much points in major competitions as in general competitions. If Kim Se-young wins the US Women’s Open and adds 60 points, the player of the year will be confirmed regardless of the remaining tournament results.
The remaining one is the prize money king who competes with Park In-bi (32). As of the 2nd, the gap between Kim Se-young ($113,3219) and Park In-bi ($106,620) in second place is $66,699. The winner of the CME Group Tour Championship is $1.1 million, and the winner of the final match is highly likely to become the prize money king.
Park In-bi has been preparing for the VOA Classic, a preliminary match for the US Women’s Open, for two months after winning runner-up at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in October. Park Inbi won the VOA Classic twice.