Meijer LPGA Classic also with Nelly Korda

Defending her second title on the circuit is Irish player Leona Maguire, a 29-year-old from Cavan, who previously clinched victories twice on the Symetra Tour (now the Epson Tour)

by Andrea Gussoni
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Meijer LPGA Classic also with Nelly Korda
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Nelly Korda, who already clinched the tournament in 2021, Lilia Vu, and French player Celine Boutier, ranking as the top three globally, are attracting attention and are the top picks in predictions ahead of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

The tournament, part of the LPGA Tour, takes place at the Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Michigan. Two Italian players, Roberta Liti and Benedetta Moresco, are in the lineup. Liti aims to continue her growth trajectory, while Moresco, who has fewer playing opportunities, seeks to find her rhythm to tackle the challenges of the major tour in a year where she also competes on the Epson Tour.

Nelly Korda, schedule

Defending her second title on the circuit is Irish player Leona Maguire, a 29-year-old from Cavan, who previously clinched victories twice on the Symetra Tour (now the Epson Tour). However, her chances for a repeat seem slim as she struggled to make cuts in three out of the last four events after a promising start and a second-place finish in the T-Mobile Match Play.

In the tournament, established in 2014 and now in its ninth edition, besides Korda and Maguire, three other past winners are set to make their mark: Canadian Brooke M. Henderson (the only one to achieve a double in 2017 and 2019), Jennifer Kupcho (2022), and Lexi Thompson (2015), who announced her retirement from professional golf at the end of the year.

Among the 144 athletes on the starting tee, many are capable of adding excitement to the competition, including Australian Minjee Lee (ranked 10th in the Rolex Ranking), Allisen Corpuz, Alexa Pano, Alison Lee, Japanese player Ayaka Furue, Chinese player XiYu Lin, Koreans Hyo Joo Kim and Narin An, Thai player Atthaya Thitikul, Swiss player Morgane Metraux, and South African player Ashleigh Buhai.

The lowest tournament score is 263 strokes achieved by Nelly Korda (-25 on par 72, 2021) and Brooke M. Henderson (-17 on par 70, 2017), while the course record of 62 (-10) belongs to Thai player Ariya Jutanugarn, Korda, and Thompson. The total prize purse is $3,000,000, with $450,000 going to the winner.

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