Saudi-sponsored European women’s golf opens on the 16th… Total prize money jumped 5 times to KRW 6.4 billion

Reporter Hong Gyu-bin = The Ladies European Tour (LET) has brought in a large number of top rankers and Korean players thanks to its enormous oil money.

LET will hold the Aramco Saudi Ladies International (total prize money of $5 million) at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club (par 72, 6,295 yards) in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia for four days starting on the 16th (Korean time).

Sponsored by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund (PIF), this year’s total prize money is 5 million dollars (approximately 6.4 billion won), five times higher than last year’s (1 million dollars). The winner receives $750,000.

This is a scale that far exceeds the total prize money of general LPGA tournaments, excluding major tournaments. The total prize money for general tournaments is usually between 1.5 million and 2 million dollars.

As a result, a large number of world-class players were included in the entry.

Initially, 50 of the 120 players in the entry consisted of players within the top 300 in the women’s golf world rankings. The remaining 60 are from LET and the remaining 10 are invited players.

Korean players on the LPGA Tour include Jeon In-ji (8th in the world), Kim Hyo-joo (9th), Kim A-rim (48th), Yoo Hae-ran (52nd), Ji Eun-hee (54th) and Shin Ji-eun (98th). 메이저놀이터

Members of the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour are Lee Jeong-eun (38th), Lee So-mi (43rd), Lim Hee-jeong (57th), Hong Jeong-min (76th), Jeong Yoon-ji (77th), Lim Jin-hee (93rd), Song Ga-eun (107th). Above), Cho Ah-yeon (111th), Seong Yu-jin (119th), Ha Min-song (134th), and Hwang Jung-mi (138th) were on the list.

In addition, Lydia Ko (New Zealand), the world’s No. 1 ranked player, will compete in her first tournament this year.

Lydia Ko, who got married last December, has not participated in the tournament for more than a month due to her honeymoon and winter training.

Lydia Ko is also the winner of the event in 2020.

World No. 7 Lexi Thompson (USA), No. 10 Hataoka Nasa (Japan), No. 14 Lin Siyu (China), No. 17 Daniel Kang (USA), and No. 19 Hannah Green (Australia) also appear.

As the LPGA tour is on a month-long break until the 23rd and the KLPGA tour opens in April, players are expected to use this tournament as an opportunity to gauge and check their skills.

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