New Zealander won at Bay Area course as an 18-year-old en route to No. 1 in world ranking
Lydia Ko and Sei Young Kim, the past two winners of the LPGA Mediheal Championship, will be paired together when the third edition of the tournament begins Thursday at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif.
Ko, 24, of New Zealand, won the inaugural event, in 2018, before Kim, 28, of South Korea prevailed in 2019. Ko is a 16-time winner on the LPGA, including this season’s Lotte Championship. She also won at Lake Merced in 2015, at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, as an 18-year-old, becoming the youngest golfer, male or female, to reach No. 1 in the world ranking. Kim has won 12 times on the LPGA.
Kim stood No. 3 on the Rolex Rankings, and Ko ranked 11th.
They will be paired with Ireland’s Leona Maguire in the 8:10 a.m. PDT group off the 10th tee.
The tournament is the second stop on a two-week swing for the LPGA in the Bay Area. Last week, Yuka Saso of the Philippines won the U.S. Women’s Open at San Francisco's Olympic Club. Saso was not entered this week.
American Lexi Thompson, who threw away a five-stroke lead on the back nine of the U.S. Women’s Open, will seek to rebound in a pairing with world No. 2 Inbee Park of South Korea and American Angel Yin. They were scheduled to tee off at 12:59 p.m. PDT on No. 1.
The 2020 LPGA Mediheal Championship was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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