Lydia Ko, the star of the Aramco Team Series



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Lydia Ko, the star of the Aramco Team Series

New Zealander Lydia Ko, world number one, is the "star" and big favorite of the Aramco Team Series – Singapore, the Ladies European Tour tournament which takes place from 16 to 18 March on the Laguna National course where Virginia Elena will compete Paper.

Lydia Ko, schedule

It is the second of six Aramco-branded events that are held with individual and team rankings and with a total prize pool of one million dollars. An exception was the first (Saudi Ladies International) which offered five million dollars and was won by Ko herself.

The team competition will take place over a distance of 36 holes simultaneously in the first two days with teams made up of three projects (two out of three daily results are valid for the ranking, the same ones that will make the individual ranking) and an amateur.

The individual is over a distance of 54 holes. After 36, the first 60 of the 78 starters will enter the final round. She defends the title, won in Bangkok, where the Belgian Manon De Roey played last year in a quality field.

Among others, in fact, the American Danielle Kang, the Swedish Linn Grant, 23 years old from Helsingborg, four tournaments and the Race To Costa del Sol (order of merit) won last year, and Johanna Gustavsson, the English Meghan MacLaren and Lily May Humphreys, who scored in the previous Joburg Ladies Open, the Spanish Ana Pelaez Trivino, the Czech Klara Davidson Spilkova.

And still some past winners of previous Aramco tournaments such as the Danish Emily Kristine Pedersen, the Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord, the Slovenian Pia Babnik, the English Bronte Law and the German Chiara Noja. Virginia Elena Carta returns to the field after a week's rest.

The Italian had a good start to the season with a ninth place (Kenya Open), then her performance dropped to the point of suffering two consecutive cuts in her last two outings and now she is well determined to resume the interrupted path in the way she competes to its qualities.

Lydia Ko