The hottest hands in golf will be looking to claim their eighth title in the last 10 LPGA events staged when the Blue Bay LPGA begins Thursday on Hainan Island in China.
After an uncharacteristically cold start to the year, the South Koreans are on a tear.
With Kyu Jung Baek’s victory last week at the KEB-HanaBank Championship in Incheon, the South Koreans have won seven of the last nine LPGA events.
The United States (12) and South Korea (8) have dominated the tour this year. No other nation has claimed more than two LPGA titles this season.
Since eliminating the United States in that Saturday playoff at the International Crown in July, the South Koreans have been inspired. Before that event, the Americans had won 11 LPGA titles to South Korea’s one. Since then, the South Koreans have won seven to one for the Americans.
The top-ranked South Koreans in the field this week are No. 18 Mirim Lee and No. 23 Amy Yang.
The top-ranked Americans in the field are No. 6 Michelle Wie and No. 9 Lexi Thompson.