WITH golf finally resuming when South Korea hosts the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Championship, world number three Park Sung-hyun says she feels a sense of pride that her country is “leading the way” in a return for sport.
The 42nd KLPGA Championship, which begins on Thursday, will be the tour’s first event since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the calendar. It will be played at the Lakewood Country Club in Yangju without spectators.
“Due to the coronavirus outbreaks, the US hasn’t started its games yet, but I am pleased and also proud of the fact that South Korea is leading the way for the resumption of sports,” Park told reporters on Wednesday.
However, Park will be without her trusted caddie, David Jones, who was unable to travel to Korea because of the lockdown and restrictions on air travel.
Defending champion Choi Hye-jin said she “can’t wait” to return to the greens, although she said playing without fans would be a surreal experience.
“It hit me the most when I heard the news that the games would have no spectators,” Choi said. “It feels a little awkward when I think about how quiet the game is going to be since it’s just us players. It’ll feel like it’s not a competition.”
“We’ve been told that the LPGA in the U.S. will resume in July, so I want to prepare well for that and show my best.”