2015 LPGA ended with the CME Group Tour Championship in November, 22, 2015. We are glad to see the stellar performance of Korean professional female golfers on the 2015 LPGA season. South Korea’s golf superstar Inbee Park completed her career grand slam in 2015 LPGA tour. Let’s take a preview on next year’s LPGA tour.
The upcoming season of LPGA cannot be more competitive if there were no battles between the world top two golfers Inbee Park and Lydia Ko. Ko and Park battled for World Rank No. 1 at the LPGA Tour’s season finale. Both Ko and Park who are each five-time winners in 2015, are tailgated with their high beams on. Park lead over Ko in scoring average, World Ranking and Ko dominated the No.1 place on the season-long “Race to the CME Globe” in 2015, with $1 million Race to the CME Globe jackpot, and maintain her world No.1. Park won the 2015 HSBC Women’s Champions, shooting a 2-under 70 in the final round, and created the first record of the LPGA – carding bogey-frees under 72. Park’s able to handle herself out there being patient out there and no bogeys out there comes to world fans’ attentions. Also, Park won her 4th major in this season at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and completed her career grand slam. Park also reached No. 1 place with the scoring average of (69.415) during 2015, and earned another point toward her LPGA Hall of Fame qualification to reach the required 27 points. This means she only needs to participate 10 more tournaments next year to qualify for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame, following the former South Korean professional golfer Se-ri Park. Lydia Ko is maintaining a variant of records every year even though she is under age 18. All professional golfers on the LPGA tour in 2015 achieved total 280 points, and will fight for the total prize of USD 2,808,020.
Source: Mania Report
There are also some noticeable LPGA Tour Rookies from 2015. Sei Young Kim won 3 times in her rookie LPGA season. 20 year-old Hyo-joo Kim has also won a tournament in her rookie LPGA season, and has moved up to the Rolex rankings 15. Another Korea professional golfer Hee-Young Yang birdied all of her final 9 holes to shoot 27 coming into the clubhouse at the 2015 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship held in October at South Korea. Her nine consecutive birdies matched the record set by Beth Daniel who made nine in a row during the second round of the 1999 Philips Invitational.
It shows that The Korean golf rookies won 15 times on the LPGA in 2015. The Australian golfer Rookie Minjee Lee claimed her LPGA Tour victory of 20 times, and if she wins one more time on the tour, she will score the best amongst Korean professional golfers and foreign-born Korean golfers. So-yeon Ryu welcomed her 4th year on the LPGA tour this year. Her Rolex ranking has been moved up to No. 8 although she didn’t win any title during this season of the LPGA. However, she won her title of the World Ladies Champion sanctioned by Ladies European Tour. South Korea has high expectations that both its top players and rookies could well-performed on the LPGA in 2016.
Source: Mania Report