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LPGA: U.S. Women's Open tees off

Golf

June 01, 2022
SOURCE: GOLF CENTRAL/TWITTER
SOURCE: GOLF CENTRAL/TWITTER

The GIST: Forget The Match, the U.S. Women’s Open — the LPGA’s second major of the year — tees off tomorrow from Southern Pines, North Carolina, with a record-setting $10 million purse on the line. Cha-ching.

The top storylines: A return to the tour and an imminent farewell are dominating the headlines ahead of tomorrow’s tourney start. American and world No. 2 Nelly Korda will play her first event since February after taking time off due to a scary blood clot.

The top contenders: With a different winner at each LPGA event this season, the field is wide open at Southern Pines. World No. 1 Jin Young Ko is the favorite and will be looking for her first major win since 2019.

  • Other golfers to watch include world No. 4 Minjee Lee, who is fresh off a victory at last month’s Founders Cup, and defending U.S. Open champ, world No. 15 Yuka Saso.
  • An up-and-comer to keep an eye on? Rose Zhang, who just wrapped up her freshman year at Stanford by winning the NCAA individual title, a team national title and inking Adidas’ first-ever NIL deal. Impossible really is nothing.