Are these players "required" to play this event? The field is full of some top names in the KLPGA. The 2022 KLPGA Tour is basically over. The top players made enough money to relax and practice over the winter or enter Q-Series. The long week in and week out schedule would wear me out. I'd want a break and prepare for April. Maybe go practice at the site of the 2023 KLPGA Championship (if the weather was not too bad.) Maybe head to Palm Springs or something.
Oh well, off to Singapore they go. Hope they do well.
I saw overseas there is golf betting. It seems extremely tough to rig a victory for a particular golfer on a Wednesday. But, gambling on who will play best in a group or which member of a group will win the hole seems to be much easier to manipulate. I like golf because it's harder to rig the winner.
This is a fabulous field. Hopefully there will be live English language broadcasts again like last time.
If the KLPGA can call this their first official 2023 event, why couldn't the LPGA do the same for the Aussie Open? A lack of imagination and another strike against Mollie. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a mutually-agreed parting-of-the-ways during the holidays, with Mollie going back to her college coaching job.
The KLPGA regularly did this pre-pandemic. They would have their first events of the season in December, somewhere other than Korea. Then there would be a several-month break, after which the season would start in earnest in April.
I recall way back in December 2009, the China Ladies Open came down to a showdown between So Yeon Ryu and Hee Kyung Seo, with Ryu beating Seo in a three-hole playoff to win the initial event of the 2010 season. Interestingly, Ryu would beat Seo again a year later in a three-hole playoff at the US Women's Open.
We missed a couple of other "names", Cyborg and Mi Jeong Jeon.
Nothing posted yet on the KLPGA website regarding TV coverage. A Google-mushed article says "The ‘Hana Financial Group Singapore Women’s Open’ will be broadcast live by satellite in 20 countries both domestically and overseas."
Paphangkorn is in the poster, but not in the field.