As expected, many world stars will make the trip to the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club from February 16 to 19 for the very richly endowed Saudi Ladies International counting for the LET.
Lydia Ko, results
The five million dollars in prize money proposed for the Saudi Ladies International (same prize money as the men the previous week) will undoubtedly attract the best players in the world.
This record endowment for a regular tournament has already decided the world number one Lydia Ko who had already won in Jeddah in 2021. The New Zealander had a fantastic 2022 season with three LPGA victories including the CME Group Tour Championship, an event that had already allowed her to pocket the biggest check in LPGA history.
In total, the 25-year-old golfer recorded 14 top 10s, including 9 top 5s and did not miss any cuts. If the LET calendar unveiled in December also offers a significant increase in its annual allocation, the fact remains that the disparity is cause for concern among less upscale players.
Regarding the Saudi Ladies International, just 60 golfers, out of the 120 entered, will come from the Ladies European Tour. The Saudi Ladies International will be the third event of the season kicking off on the first weekend of February (2-5) in Kenya.
Lydia Ko (hangŭl: 리디아 고), née Go Bo-gyeong (고보경), (born April 24, 1997, Seoul) is a New Zealand golfer of South Korean descent. She became No. 1 in the world rankings on February 2, 2015 at the age of 17 years 9 months and 8 days, making her the youngest golfer, male or female, to reach the top ranking.
With her win of the Evian Championship on September 13, 2015 she also became the youngest female winner of a major competition, aged 18 years, 4 months and 20 days. In her career she boasts 14 titles on the LPGA Tour, two majors, a silver medal in the individual at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and a bronze, again in the individual, at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, in the early 2000s she moved with her family to New Zealand, where she obtained citizenship at the age of 12. She attended Mairangi Bay Primary and later Pinehurst School in the city of Albany. Since 2015, she has been studying psychology as an online distance learning degree program at the Korea University in Seoul.
She fell in love with the sport of golf at the age of 5 when her aunt Insook Hyon gave her a golf club, with which she began to play more and more often.