After the longest of breaks, the LPGA Tour is back in action, finally — on the other side of the world.
After nearly a month off, the ladies travel to the other side of the world for the LPGA Thailand at the Siam Country Club in Chonburi.
Good news is there’s a great field including the world’s top two players — No. 1 Lydia Ko and No. 2 Nelly Korda.
Ko skipped the season opener (Tournament of Champions) basically because she was on her honeymoon — good reason. She got right back to it last week and won a Ladies European Tour event — the Saudi International. Lydia has won three of her last four world-wide starts. She captured the huge honors last season — Rolex Player Of The Year and the Vare Trophy. She also pocked the $1 million first place money at the season-ending CME Globe.
In Saudi Arabia last week, she walked away with $750,000 for the win.
World No. 4 Atthaya Thitikul will be looking for a win in her home country.
After four seasons on tour, Nanna Koerstz Madsen won for the first time at this event last year after edging out Xiyu Lin with a 10-foot putt for eagle on the second playoff hole. With the win, she became the first person from Denmark to take home a title on the LPGA Tour. Madsen set the tournament 54-hole (21-under par) and 72-hole scoring records (26-under par).
DP World Tour Mourns John Paramore:
One of the iconic faces of the European Tour, now the DP World Tour, was John Paramore.
Paramore worked for the Tour for six decades and became the Tour’s head rules official. He passed away last week at the age of 67.
DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley paid tribute to Paramore:
“He was a big character in all senses—his physical stature, his stature in the game and his popularity with anyone who shared a dinner or a social occasion with him. He had a strong personality but had passion for his job and the Tour as a whole which shone through whenever you spoke with him. John was, and will always be, a cherished part of our Tour family and will be dearly missed by all of us. On behalf of everyone at the European Tour group, our thoughts and deepest condolences are with John’s family and his many friends across the world on this very sad day.”