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Preview: Honda LPGA Thailand – Golf Australia Magazine – The Women’s Game


TITLE CHAMPION: South Korean Amy Yang | shot 226 under 266 in 2019 to win her third Honda LPGA Thailand title, defeating Spain’s Carlotta Ciganda and Australia’s Minjee Lee in one fell swoop.

CLASSES: Pattaya Old Course at Siam Country Club opened in 1971 and was originally designed by I. Izumi, before undergoing a redesign by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley in 2007. The par-72 plays 5,992 yards, has 101 bunkers and is heavily tree lined, so accuracy off the tee is paramount.

PRIZEMONEY: US $ 1,600,000.

PLAYERS TO WATCH …

Local hope Moriya jutanugarn has come close to winning his national title on numerous occasions – finishing 10th in 2019, 2nd in 2018 and 7th in 2017 – and is coming back to Siam Country Club in decent form.

Jutanugarn’s older sister has recorded consecutive top-20s and will surely be keen on her chances of adding to her only LPGA Tour title, which she won in 2018 at the Los Angeles Open.

Despite her lack of silverware, the former Rookie of the Year (2013) is generally around and doesn’t tend to miss many cuts, racking up over $ 5 million in career income as she completes its ninth season on the US tour.

RIGHT: Amy Yang won her third Honda LPGA Thailand title at the last edition of the event in 2019. PHOTO: Thananuwat Srirasant / Getty Images.

Perth Product Minjee lee is generally one of the most consistent players on the LPGA Tour – registering an impressive 53 top-10s since his rookie year in 2015 – but has struggled to find himself in contention lately.

The five-time Tour winner got off to a good start in 2021, securing a fifth-place share in the Kia Classic in March, but she did not finish better than T24 in the following four starts.

Nonetheless, Lee should feel confident heading to Siam Country Club, where she was a finalist in 2019, fourth in 2018 and 8th in 2016. The 24-year-old has never finished outside the top-25 here in four starts. .

72 HOLES RECORD: American Jessica korda reached 25 under 263 when she beat Moriya Jutanugarn and Lexi Thompson by four shots in 2018.

PAST WINNERS IN AUSSIE: No former Australian winner.

AUSTRALIANS ON THE GROUND: Hannah Green, Katherine Kirk, Minjee Lee and Su Oh.

TELEVISION HOURS *

Round 1: Thursday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 1 p.m.-6 p.m.)
2nd round: Friday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
3rd round: Saturday (Fox Sports 505 LIVE 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Round 4: Sunday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.)

* AEST, consult local guides

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