In Orlando, Florida, the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions – the first tournament of the LPGA Tour 2022 – goes to Danielle Kang who, with a final lap finished in 68 (-4) out of a total of 272 (68 67 69 68, -16) hits, he celebrated his sixth feat (figure including a Major) on the top American female circuit.
Danielle Kang, Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions
On the course of the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (par 72), a big shot for the 29 year old from San Francisco who managed to beat, among others, Nelly Korda, world number 1 (she was leading at the end of the third and penultimate lap) and gold medal at the Tokyo Games.
Korda finished the tournament in fourth place (278, -10), also behind Canadian Brooke Henderson, second with 275 (-13), and Mexican Gaby Lopez (winner in 2020), third with 276 (-12). Nelly Korda – who shared fourth place with Frenchwoman Celine Boutier – paid dearly for a final round featuring a 75 (+3) run, with four bogeys and one birdie.
On the other hand, her sister Jessica failed to repeat the exploit of 2021, 7 / a with 280 (-8) behind the Japanese Yūka Sasō, sixth with 279 (-9). With this statement Danielle Kang avenged her play-off defeat in this tournament last year.
The six birdies (spotted by two bogeys) achieved in the final 18 holes were decisive for the victory. The Californian thus finds a success that was missing since August 2020 when she made her the Marathon Classic. The company also earned her $ 225,000 against a total prize pool of 1,500,000, with Kang bringing her career earnings on the circuit to 7,252,950.
Twentieth at the Tokyo Olympics, Kang played three Solheim Cups with the USA (in 2017, 2019 and 2021). And in 2020 she was awarded the Vare Trophy as the player with the best average (in terms of scores) on the LPGA Tour. The celebrity tournament in Florida instead went to Derek Lowe, who overtook the Swedish women’s golf legend Annika Sorenstam in the play-off.
A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty. This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship).
A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the “secret weapon” of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.
“He’s a good guy, he’s been through a lot as a sportsman and he’s the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I’m not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period.
” These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed ‘the Baltimore Shark’, important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. “The mental aspect is something I’ve worked on a lot with him lately.
I’m really lucky to have him around. Besides, he’s a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value.” This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.