LPGA Drive On Championship in Bradenton



by ANDREA GUSSONI

LPGA Drive On Championship in Bradenton
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Roberta Liti is starting her first season on the LPGA Tour with an exceptional opportunity, competing in the LPGA Drive On Championship, scheduled for January 25-28 at Bradenton Country Club in Bradenton, Florida.

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The reigning champion is the talented French Celine Boutier, 30 years old from Clamart, currently in third place in the world of women's golf.

Boutier boasts six titles on the circuit, including a Major (Evian Championship in 2023), four victories on the Ladies European Tour (excluding the Major) and two on the Symetra Tour (now Epson Tour). The tournament boasts a high-quality field, with four other players among the top ten in the Rolex Ranking, including number one, the American Lilia Vu, number four, Nelly Korda, born in Bradenton, number two, the Chinese Ruoning Yin, and number nine, New Zealander Lydia Ko.

Among the participants there are numerous other very talented players, including the Americans Lexi Thompson, Jennifer Kupcho and Allisen Corpuz, the Canadian Brooke M. Henderson, the Irish Leona Maguire, winner of the tournament in 2022, the Mexican Gaby Lopez, the Thai Ariya Jutanugarn, Korean In Gee Chun, Japanese Ayaka Furue and Nasa Hataoka, Chinese XiYu Lin and English Georgia Hall, who was overtaken in a playoff by Boutier last year.

It will also be interesting to follow the performances of the Swedes Linn Grant and Maja Stark, as well as the Americans Lucy Li and Alexa Pano. Roberta Liti, who has played a few tournaments on the major circuit in the past, earned her LPGA Tour card after an impressive season last year on the Epson Tour, ranking eighth on the money list.

She achieved six top ten finishes, coming close to winning on two occasions with a second and third place. The prize pool up for grabs for the tournament is $1,750,000, making the competition even more stimulating for all participants.

The rules of golf are relatively complicated compared to other sports because they are applied outdoors, close to nature and animals. Respect for the rules is a basic element in the game of golf, which, almost always based on the self-control and free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, consciously at times, but often unconsciously or through carelessness, due to non-compliance on the part of many players of the game rules.

In addition to rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing the round with due respect for the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an essential component of this sport.

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