As the LPGA Tour takes to a new location an hour north of Los Angeles, the stakes are high. With only two full events remaining in the season, some are playing in the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship to keep their cards for 2023. Others are trying to crack the top 60 of the CME Points Leaderboard to earn a spot in the season finale. CME Group Circuit Championship. A select few play for year-end material and a place in history.
One of the best trios to watch Thursday and Friday at Saticoy Club has a bit of everything. This group includes:
This 22-year-old Japanese couldn’t have imagined a better rookie season. In May, after a steady diet of cuts made, she arrived in Las Vegas for the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play presented by MGM Resorts without much match play experience. She learned a lot in five days, playing the championship match herself against Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji. Although she lost on Sunday, Furue, who has seven LPGA Japan wins, learned a lot from the experience.
This was seen in July when, after finishing in the top 20 at the Amundi Evian Championship, Furue shot a closing 62nd round to win the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open. Her good play continued as she posted a T3 at the AmazingCre Portlant Classic and hasn’t been out of the top 20 on any leaderboard for a month.
Talk to anyone who watched youngster Atthaya Thitikul win four times on the LET and claim the Race to Costa del Sol title last year and you’ll know the teenager is the game’s biggest phenom since Lydia Ko. rookie campaign on the LPGA Tour, the 19-year-old Thai has won twice, has nine more top-10 finishes and moved up to second in the Rolex rankings.
Thitikul is racing to join an elite group of players who have won both the Rolex Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year title and the Rolex LPGA Player of the Year title in the same season.
The senior member of this trio is Alison Lee, 27, who is heading home to Southern California for the week. Lee, a UCLA graduate who joined the LPGA Tour in 2015, is still looking for her first career win but has been knocking on the door many times in 2022. She has three top 10s and five top 15s so far. now this year and is on the verge of returning to the top 50 of the Rolex rankings. It’s been a long road for Lee, who has been open about her struggles with depression and gained plenty of new fans in the process. Everyone who follows women’s football hopes to see her succeed.
The trio starts in the first round of the MEDIHEAL championship at 8:12 a.m. local time.