The United States Golf Association (USGA) has decided not to hold the Korean regional qualifiers for the US Women’s Open, a major tournament, from this year.
As a result of an E-Daily coverage on the 10th, it was confirmed that the Korean qualifiers for the US Women’s Open, which had been held from 2014 to last year, will not be held this year. Whether it will be held in the future is undecided.
The USGA held Korean qualifiers from 2014 to last year and gave the top two the right to participate. However, this year, the schedule was changed to be held only in Japan, the only event in the US, UK and Asia. This schedule change was not officially announced, but it is known that the contents were delivered to the Korea Golf Association (KGA). 메이저사이트
The U.S. Women’s Open, one of the major tournaments on the LPGA tour, boasts the largest prize money of 10 million dollars in total prize money. As of last year, qualifiers were held in a total of 23 regions, and outside the United States, only England, Japan, and Korea were held. Preliminaries were also held in China, but were suspended due to the spread of Corona 19.
It is a good opportunity for Korean golf prospects to participate in major tournaments on the LPGA Tour, and competition is fierce every year.
It was not held for two years due to the spread of Corona 19, but in the preliminary match held at the Incheon Dream Park Country Club in April last year, amateurs Soo-bin Joo and Jung-hyun Lee won the right to participate.
However, as the Korean qualifiers were suspended this year, opportunities for golf prospects to experience major tournaments have narrowed.
The reason why the USGA decided to suspend the Korean qualifiers was not officially announced. However, according to golf officials, contrary to the expectations of the USGA, the participation rate of highly skilled tour players was low.
An official in the golf world said, “The USGA has been holding preliminary rounds to open up opportunities for Korean professional and amateur players to participate in the tournament, but the participation rate of tour players excluding amateur players is not high, so it is judged that it does not fit the purpose. “I understand that the event has been decided not to be held,” he said. “It has been a good opportunity for domestic amateur players to experience major tournaments on the LPGA tour and learn advanced golf, but I am very sorry to hear that it will not be held this year.”
As the Korean qualifiers are suspended, Korean players have to go through the cumbersome process of participating in qualifiers held in Japan or the United States to participate in the US Women’s Open qualifiers.
This year’s US Women’s Open will be held at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, near San Francisco, California, from July 6 to 9.