I understand some players skipping the event from a travel point of view, and I realize it's a pro-am type of deal which means it's not taken too seriously, but it almost feels like a slap in the face to the LPGA, since it's a event for honoring the recent winners. Am I wrong in my thoughts?
Yes and no. I think Tiger and Phil have skipped TOC in Hawaii for many years.
The LPGA seems like it's in a tough spot here. It's a bit better this year with the Gainbridge tournament that follows. But as you mention, given the logistics there's little reason for many players to show up in USA before March. Add that the first tournament is a bit of a circus act and I can see why attendance suffers.
Personally, I think they should hold some grand opening party/tournament in a more neutral geographic location. Ideally one that also helps participation in the Australian tournaments.
Wouldn't Hawaii be a better option for the opener?
Ooh, you're a bit pessimistic 😄😄.
IMG seems more concerned with making as much money as they can rather than helping the athlete be the best they can be in their field. If it means running them ragged after 5 years so be it.
How the Diamond resorts calls some of those AM “celebrities” is beyond me. Public figures perhaps, but celebrities is a bit of a stretch.
Although the TOC is logistically difficult for some, it’s guaranteed money. Show up, have fun and use it as a pre-season warm up. If you’re the Jutanugarns though traveling from Thailand makes little sense. Same for Inbee Park,Ko, and SH Park, Inbee may still do her pre-season work in Australia. No sense in Green traveling to Florida to return home for 2 events. It’s a small purse too. Bump it up to 2 million and it could entice a few more.For the top players Thailand and Honda are higher money grabs and for many closer to home.
Those lower on the money list should get a few early season starts with Gainbridge, the Vic Open, and the Australian Open.
After seven weeks of intensive "Team Yealimi Drive for No. 1" training in Korea; Yealimi Noh is finally coming back to the States.
Really curious whether she'll be a better or worse golfer as a result.
Hye Jin Choi extended her contract for three years with Lotte for at least 1.0 billion won a year, i.e. $860,000.
There're many other incentives including joining LPGA; her guarantee will increase to at least 1.2 billion won.
Because it offers entries to LPGA's Vic Open and Women's Australian Open; ALPG (Australian LPGA) Qualifying Tournament (01/19/20-01/21/20) is such a hot ticket.
Notable entries are:
Dottie Ardina (Phi), Pei-Yun Chien (Taiwan), Ayean Cho (Kor), Hye Jin Choi (Kor), Yae Eun Hong (Kor), Nuria Iturrioz (ESP), Kelly Tan (Malaysia), Min A Yoon (KOR).
One more for IMG
Look out for women's golf
It's more than winnings and rankings
Today, the New Year Eve, is the beginning of professional golf in 2020.
There're only ten players over 30 years old at LPGA
Really only 10 over 30? I’m coming up with many more. (Couldn’t read the article, so don’t know if there was a different point being made.)
Aren't Chella and So Yeon turning 30 this year?
Time flies; the coming decade those born in the 90's will turn thirty year after year.
Jin Young Ko to stay as No. 1 for four years; not a chance
Bianca and Yuka; the pride of the Philippines
yup, going for monday qualifier in 2 weeks' time
ANA Inspiration is a joke among majors.
The purses for majors are:
US Women's Open: $5.5 million (could be higher in 2020)
Women's British Open: $4.5 million (could be higher in 2020)
KPMG Women's PGA: $4.3 million
Evian Championship: $4.1 million
ANA Inspiration: $3.1 million
Unfortunately, ANA's contract was extended to 2023 last year.
Japan is dreaming for a Shibuno-Yasuda Golden Gerneration-Platinum Generation rivalry
with yuka yasuda in the fore, this just extends their "golden age of golf in japan", as they keep saying... I'm more keen to see how many female golfers they're able to send to their olympic games? Nasa, Hinako and Ai? Or more/less?
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