Lydia Ko (New Zealand), who had her wedding ceremony at the end of last year, will participate in the Ladies European Tour (LET) event to be held in Saudi Arabia in February. The tournament has a total prize money of 5 million dollars and a winning prize of 750,000 dollars (approximately 930 million won).
On the 11th, the Golf Channel, a professional golf media outlet in the US, reported that “Lydia Ko will compete in the LET Aramco Saudi Ladies International, which will be held in Saudi Arabia for four days from February 16th.” Sponsored by Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, the tournament offered the largest prize money other than a major tournament in LET history.
Lydia Ko, who is currently No. 1 in the women’s golf world rankings, also won the LET Aramco Saudi Ladies International in November 2021. Lydia Ko, who got married at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul on December 30 last year, has not yet applied for the opening game of the LPGA Tour 2023 season, so there is a high possibility that she will not be able to attend.
The opening match of the LPGA Tour 2023 season is the Hilton Grand Vacations Champions Tournament held in Orlando, Florida, USA for four days from the 19th. 스포츠토토
There is no LPGA tour schedule during the LET Saudi Arabia tournament, and the LPGA Tour Honda Thailand tournament will be held in Thailand for four days from February 23, the next week.
For women’s golf, the relationship between the LPGA Tour and the Saudi Arabian capital isn’t as bad as the PGA Tour and LIV series for men’s golf. Rather, women players, who had smaller prize money than men’s competitions, are welcoming the sponsorship of Saudi Arabia’s capital.
However, there is a possibility that the situation will change if Saudi Arabian capital tries to create a separate organization like the LIV series of men’s golf.