LPGA’s Tournament of Champions: World’s top three players to sit out
The LPGA’s season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions will be played without the top three players in the world.
South Koreans Jin Young Ko, Sei Young Kim and Inbee Park all have bowed out of the tournament, set for 21-24 Jan. at the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Park said in December at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., that she was taking a break -- one that could be lengthened given COVID-19 quarantine requirements.
“I don’t think I’m going to make it back in time after I do a couple of weeks in quarantine,” Park said at the CME, which ended on 20 Dec. “It’s just not going to be, I think, long enough for me.”
The Tournament of Champions typically invites tour winners from the previous two seasons. Because of the scant number of events in 2020 due to the pandemic, winners from 2018 were also included in this year’s event.
Other players skipping the event include Australians Hannah Green, Minjee Lee and Lydia Ko, Nasa Hataoka of Japan, sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand, South Korean So Yeon Ryu and Michelle Wie West.
Gaby Lopez of Mexico is the defending champion. She is scheduled to compete in the event.