Top-ranked female golfers on the LPGA
In 2018, the National Golf Foundation (NGF) showed that only 24% of the golf players on the course were female, and since then, we’ve seen the golf industry taking steps towards inclusivity. They’ve developed campaigns and initiatives to invite women to the courses, such as the actions taken in Northern Ireland, where they are making easier the membership for women at the golf clubs or giving dedicated tuition for women and girls, amongst other brilliant ideas.
Still, the gap between genders is immense and affects the daily life of the women in golf, from ranking the players by their looks to prize money disparity. It’s clear that more needs to be done at a grassroots level to encourage female participation in the sport and develop inclusivity.
At Golf Drives, we want everyone to challenge themselves on the courses while they have a good laugh with their friends. For International Women’s Day, we’ve made a list of the 10 of the top golfers rocking the LPGA Tour.
Jin Young Ko
South Korean golfer Jin Young Ko, who recently broke Tiger Woods’ record, leads the Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking. Ko is the only known person on the planet to have gone more consecutive holes in a professional tournament play without making a bogey, doing 114 holes while Woods did 110.
During her career as a professional golfer, she has earned almost $4million and collected several major awards for her shelves. At 24, she is an 11-times winner of the LPGA of Korea Tour, 6-times winner if the LPGA Tour, second at the 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open, winner of the 2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship and has been named LPGA Rookie of the year in 2018.
Nelly Korda is the runner-up in the list, which doesn’t surprise us. The American golfer has already won the LPGA Tour three times, the Australian Open and the Solheim Cup at only 21, so we can look forward to seeing plenty more Korda scissor kicks in the future.
Sung Hyun Park
After joining the LPGA tour in 2017 as a rookie, the self-taught South Korean golf player is a regular in the top three LPGA rankings. She has already won two LPGA, one US Women’s Open Golf Championship and a Women’s PGA Championship, generating winnings of more than $5million.
Kang has been part of the LPGA Tour for almost nine years and has been the winner three times, with her first win coming in 2017. Kang has also won the US Women’s Amateur two times.
As an amateur golfer, Hataoka won the Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship, part of the LPGA Japan Tour, becoming the youngest player and first amateur to win a JLPGA major. After the victory, she became a professional golfer and her current earnings are $2.7million.
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今季メジャー第3戦 KPMG WOMEN’S PGA Championship が終わりました！ 4日間通しては納得のいくゴルフが出来ませんでしたが、最終日は途中からショットを修正できて7アンダーで回ることができました！ 今年に入ってメジャーでアンダーで回れていなかったので、最終日のスコアは嬉しいです😆 アマチュアの時からの友人であるHannahが優勝して嬉しかったですし、私も負けずに頑張ろうと思いました🤜🏻 今年はなかなかメジャーにピークをもっていくのが上手く出来ていないですが、残り2つのメジャー、エビアンと全英では上手く調整して戦えるように頑張ります！ Congratulations @hannahgreengolf 💚 #lpga #majer @hazeltinenational #nasahataoka #畑岡奈紗
Sei Young Kim
After 15 professional victories, the career earnings of Sei Young Kim stand at $8.7 million. The South Korean golfer has won the Korea LPGA 10 times, the LPGA Tour 5 times, and became Rookie of the Year in 2015.
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HISTORY. MADE. Sei Young Kim set the all-time LPGA Tour 72-hole scoring record with 31-under (!!) at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. 😱 The 7-time winner broke the previous record of 27-under, which she also held along with Annika Sorenstam. Hit the link in our bio for more details on her unprecedented victory 👀.
At only 18, she won her first major, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, becoming the event’s youngest winner. With nine LPGA wins as of June 2019, Henderson has the most victories of any professional golfer on major tours in Canadian history.
The Australian golf player had a successful start to her career. At only 13 years old, she became the youngest winner of the WA Amateur Open. Since then, she has gathered prizes such as five LPGA Tour, one Ladies European Tour and two ALPG Tour.
At 15, Lexi Thompson turned professional and a year later she won an LPGA tournament, becoming the youngest person ever to win one. The American golfer has won a total of 11 LPGA Tour, one Ladies European Tour and one Japan LPGA Tour.
When she started the Korean LPGA Tour for the first time, there were already other five Jeongeun Lee, so she began to be called “Jeongeun Lee6”. She has won a total of 6 Korean LPGA Tour, one LPGA Tour and she’s working her way towards winning this one too!