The U.S. Women’s Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has named the pairing of Jin Young Ko, Rose Chang and Lynn Grant as one of its “Featured Groups” for the first round of the Danaa Open, which begins on Sept. 13 (local time).
The Danaa Open will be held at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, USA, for four days starting on Thursday (local time).
The LPGA noted that world No. 1 Jin Young Ko will be competing in the Dana-Farber Open for the first time. Ko has won twice this season, including the Cognizant Founders Cup in May at Upper Montclair Country Club in New Jersey. In particular, Ko has been particularly strong in this event over the last five years, winning three times.먹튀검증
Upper Montclair Country Club is a “parkland” style course with manicured trees and grass, while Highland Meadows, where this tournament will be held, is a typical parkland course.
Rose Zhang turned pro at the end of May. She stunned the women’s golf world by winning the Mizuho Americas Open, her first LPGA Tour event, and followed it up with two more top-10 finishes, tying for eighth at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the end of last month and tying for ninth at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach last week.
What makes both Ko and Rose Zhang stand out is their world ranking. Despite missing the cut at the US Women’s Open, Ko remained at the top of the world rankings this week, extending her streak to 161 weeks. Meanwhile, “Super Rookie” Rose Chang has been ranked No. 1 for 141 consecutive weeks as an amateur. The 141-week streak breaks Lydia Ko’s record of 131 consecutive weeks.
Lynn Grant wins the 2022 European Women’s Professional Golf Grand Prix and Rookie of the Year titles
Joining Ko and Rose Chang on the first day at Highland Meadows will be Sweden’s Linn Grant. Last year, she won both the European Women’s Professional Golf Order of Merit and Rookie of the Year. She has five wins on the Ladies European Tour (LET) and finished third at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play in the United States this season.
What makes Grant stand out is her history of winning mixed events where she has played alongside men. Last June, she won the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) Volvo Car Scandinaviana Mix at Halmstad Golf Club in Tillösand, Sweden, with a 24-under par score. She was nine strokes clear of the second-place group, and the next 13 players were all men.
The LPGA also highlighted the group of Jin Young Ko, Rose Chang, and Lin Grant, along with Xiyu Lin, who finished tied for 15th at the U.S. Women’s Open, Jeon Ji-in, who made a hole-in-one on the par-3 fifth in the final round of the same event, and Gaby Lopez, who won the Dana Open last year.