May 30, 2019 10:44
The U.S. Women's Open now offers the biggest prize money among the five major events on the LPGA Tour.
The U.S. Golf Association announced Tuesday that the total prize money for this year's U.S. Women's Open will be US$5.5 million, up 10 percent from last year, with the winner taking home $1 million.
This year's event opens at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina on Thursday.
Korean players have a long history of success at the U.S. Women's Open. So far, eight players have lifted the trophy nine times, starting with Pak Se-ri in 1998. Park In-bee became the youngest ever winner at the age of 19 years, 11 months, and 17 days in 2008, and Chun In-gee was the surprise winner on her debut in 2015.
Amateur Choi Hye-jin was an unexpected runner-up in 2017 while still in high school, and Kim Hyo-joo went into a playoff against Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand last year, settling for second place.
Out of 156 players competing this year, 21 are Koreans. Among them are world No. 1 Ko Jin-young and Lee Jeong-eun, who debuted on the Tour just in February.
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