Ko Jin-young decided not to participate in the LPGA Opening Day… ‘Start the season’ with Thailand tournament in February

Korean women’s golf star Jin-young Ko (28) eventually decided not to attend the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions (total prize money of 1.5 million dollars), the opening match of the LPGA tour. This is because her wrist injury has not definitely been cured.

The LPGA Tour New Year’s first tournament will be held at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club (par 72) in Orlando, Florida, USA for four days from the 20th (Korean time). Ko Jin-young said she had submitted her application for this competition earlier, but she did not submit her application according to her doctor’s opinion that her wrist muscles, which she suffered greatly from last year, had not yet fully returned to normal. withdrew 안전놀이터

An official from Ko Jin-young’s management, Sasema Sports Marketing, said, “After the attending physician did not participate in the competition until the end of January and exercised mainly for rehabilitation, she suggested that it be better to start the season in February. She submitted a doctor’s note to the LPGA Tour, and Ko Jin-young directly expressed his intention not to participate in the tour.”

Ko Jin-young suffered an injury to her left wrist two years ago and the pain intensified in her mid-season last year. After stopping her touring activities in August last year, she returned to the BMW Ladies Championship in Gangwon-do in October, but she withdrew without showing any performance. In her remaining two tournaments, she also struggled, missing the cut and finishing in a tie for 33rd.

Jinyoung Ko, who is currently training in her winter training in Vietnam, plans to kick off her first event of the season at Honda LPGA Thailand, which will be held in Thailand for four days from the 23rd of next month.

With Ko Jin-young not participating, Korean players could not be seen in the opening game. This tournament is a tournament where only 30 players who have won the LPGA Tour in the last two years will participate. However, since the tournament resumed in Southeast Asia next month after a one-month hiatus after the opening match was held in the U.S., many players gave up participating and planned to focus on winter training during this period.

Last year’s winners Kim Hyo-joo (28), Ji Eun-hee (37), and Jeon In-ji (29) also did not apply to participate, and the 2021 winner Park In-bi (35) will not be able to participate in the tournament for the time being ahead of her birth in April.

Lydia Ko (New Zealand), who is currently ranked No. 1 in the women’s golf world, also chose a sweet honeymoon instead of participating in the opening game. Last month, he married Jeong Jun, the youngest son of Chung Tae-young, vice chairman of Hyundai Card. Seven out of the top 10 players in the world rankings, including Ataya Titikul (Thailand), No. 3, Lee Min-ji (Australia), No. 4, and Lexi Thompson (USA), No. 6, will not attend. Nellie Korda (USA) and Brooke Henderson (Canada), who are ranked second in the world, and defending champion Daniel Kang (USA) will participate.

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