Lydia Ko and Koda “I’ll jump into the pond if I win”… Cupcho “I don’t know”
The Chevron Championship (total prize money of 5.1 million dollars), the first major tournament of the LPGA tour season, has been renovated. At the Chevron Championship held at the new golf course, there is interest in whether the traditional ceremony of ‘getting into the pond’ will take place.
The Chevron Championship will be held at The Club 메이저사이트at Carleton Woods (par 72) in Woodlands, Texas, USA for four days from the 21st (Korean time). The event, which was held under the name ANA Inspiration until 2021, changed its name last year as the title sponsor changed, and this year, both the time and location of the event were changed. From 1972 to last year, the LPGA Tour held a tournament in the first week of April every year at Mission Hills Country Club in California, USA. Starting this year, it will be held at Carlton Woods Golf Course in the suburbs of Houston, and the event has been delayed to late April.
In this competition, the ceremony is traditional in which the winner jumps into the pond next to the green on the 18th hole of the Mission Hills Golf Course along with caddies, family members and officials. Players wish to continue this traditional ceremony at the newly renovated Carlton Woods Golf Course. Carleton Woods Golf Course also has a large pond on the left side of the 18th hole fairway and green, so the golf course staff worked to remove hazardous materials from the pond for safety. If players wish, they can continue the traditional ceremony of jumping into a pond.
Defending champion Jennifer Cupcho (USA) arrived in Texas early last week to adjust to a course setting quite different from the one she won last year at Mission Hills. He usually plays the week before a major, but last week he focused on taking a break and looking at a new course.
He said, “Thank you for respecting and understanding the history of the event from Chevron, the organizer. It’s really cool to give the winners a chance to jump into the pond.” However, he seemed unwilling to do the ceremony of jumping into the pond. Unlike the clear pond at Mission Hills Golf Course, the pond here is more turbid, causing controversy among players.
Cupcho said, “I don’t know. There may be snakes in the water,” he said, seemingly reluctant to get into the water, while Lydia Ko (New Zealand) and Nellie Koda (USA), world No. 1 and 2, said, “If we win, we will dive into the pond.”
Another player to watch this week is Georgia Hall (England), winner of the 2018 Women’s British Open. He has been runner-up twice in the last three tournaments and is running first in the money list ($434,166).
Hall said, “The greens of this course are particularly tricky, so I think I will have to pay a lot of attention to the short game. He has gained a lot of confidence from his recent matches. I hope to enter the champion group again in the final round.”