Australia’s finest back in action this week on the LPGA and LET tours.
Australia's leading players are back in action this week, competing on the Ladies European Tour in China and on the LPGA Tour the USA.
After a three-week break following the ALPG Tour season, Rebecca Artis, Sarah Kemp, Stacey Peters and Whitney Hillier will all be back in action at the World Ladies Championship starting on Friday at Mission Hills Golf Club on Hainan Island.
The tournament will be a 54-hole event, and will once again be tri-sanctioned with the Korean LPGA, China LPGA and the Ladies European Tours. The tournament will be played over Mission Hill’s testing Blackstone Course, where 126 players will be competing for prizemoney of €560,000 on offer. After 36 holes there will be a cut to 60 professionals and ties, with the final round to be played on Sunday 19th March.
Kemp, Artis, Keating and Hillier have all had a solid start to their 2017 campaigns, and will have high hopes heading into this week’s event which boasts 40 of the KLPGA’s leading players, 30 players from the CLPGA and 40 players from the LET.
Live scoring for the World Ladies Championship can be found at www.ladieseuropeantour.com
Meanwhile, on the US LPGA Tour, Australia’s “big five” of Minjee Lee, Karrie Webb, Su Oh, Sarah Jane Smith and Katherine Kirk will all be teeing it up at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona, where they will be competing for a share of the prizemoney of US$1.5 million on offer
Minjee Lee has had a promising start to the 2017 LPGA tour with a 3rd place finish at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open followed by top 30 finishes in both Thailand and Singapore. The 20-year-old already has 3 LPGA wins to her credit and with her confidence sky-high will feel that she has a chance to win every time she tees it up. After a week’s break it would be no surprise to see her name high on the leaderboard come Sunday afternoon.
Lee’s partner at the Rio Olympic games, Su Oh is undoubtedly one of the greatest talents to come out of Australia in recent years. The affable Victorian has shown that she is certainly capable of competing at the highest level, and with one year under her belt on the US Tour will be hoping to get herself in contention on a more regular basis in 2017.
Karrie Webb, a two-time winner of this tournament in 2011 and 2014, will hope that a week to re-group will help her find some of her old form in Phoenix this week. The 42-year-old Hall of Famer is coming off the worst start to a season in her LPGA career, but as they say class is permanent and there is no doubt that Webb will be determined to make up for lost ground so far this year.
Fellow Queenslander Sarah-Jane Smith, by contrast, has had a great start to 2017, with a second-place finish at the RACV Gold Coast Classic followed up with a third-place finish at Royal Adelaide in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. The 32-year-old struggled a little on the greens in Thailand and Singapore to record finishes of 45th and 55th, and will no doubt be hoping to bounce back this week after missing the cut here in 2016.
Two-time LPGA tournament winner Katherine Kirk has shown signs in recent months that some swing changes made in the past couple of seasons are starting to pay off, she led the field by two shots after day one of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open after shooting an extraordinary 8 under par 65, before eventually finishing a disappointing 52nd.
You can watch all of the action live on Fox Sports Channel 1 from 9:00am AEDST Friday morning.
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