All roads lead to Pettersen in Korea
BY Bruce Young | LPGA Tour | 2013 LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship | Preview | 15 Oct 2013
The LPGA Tour continues its Asian swing this week when it flies to Seoul for the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon just west of South Korea’s capital.
The event was first played in 2002 when won by the lady who trail-blazed the success of Korean golf in the USLPGA Tour, Se Ri Pak.
Interestingly the only player of non Asian heritage to have won the event in that time has been Suzann Pettersen who has been successful on two occasions. Pettersen is now the world number two and as the defending champion and the player in the most consistent form in recent months then she will start as the favourite.
Pettersen defeated Catriona Matthew in a playoff for the title last year, the pair finishing one shot ahead of Yani Tseng. Pettersen has finished inside the top ten in eight of her last nine starts including wins in France and Oregon. She is shaping as being very hard to beat this week despite the success of Koreans in the event overall.
No sign of Stacy Lewis this week but Inbee Park is of course in the field to play in front of home fans as the world number one and two time winner Na Yeon Choi will also tee it up as will So Yeon Ryu and the winner and runner-up in the last two weeks of the Asian leg, Shanshan Feng of China.
Karrie Webb is not in this week’s field leaving Katherine Hull Kirk as the only Australian with a confirmed start.