Two-time Grand Slam champion and current World No.1 Jin Young Ko will headline the 2022 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open this summer at Dundonald Links, July 28-31, alongside Grand Slam champions Minjee Lee, Jennifer Kupcho and the winner of the 2022 KPMG PGA Championship at Gee Chun.
Joining Ko in the field of 144 women, the event’s strongest field to date, are former World No.1s, including World No.4 Lydia Ko, who in 2015 became the most youngest of any gender to be ranked No. 1 in professional golf. at 17 years old; Inbee Park, who claimed the No.1 ranking in 2013 after winning what is now known as the Chevron Championship; and Ariya Jutanugarn, who overtook Lydia Ko at the top of the Rolex Ranking in June 2017 and became the first Thai female golfer to be ranked No. 1 in the world.
The South Korean has spent four stints at No. 1, giving her a total of 130 weeks at the top. She first climbed to the top of the Rolex Rankings in April 2019 after winning what is now known as the Chevron Championship. Later that year, she won her second major title at the Amundi Evian Championships and regained the number 1 spot, where she remained for 100 consecutive weeks.
The 26-year-old golfer is already one of the most decorated golfers in South Korea with 13 LPGA titles, two 2019 and 2020 LPGA Player of the Year awards and three LPGA Money Leading Winner awards. in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Ko kicked off this season with a historic victory at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in February, setting the LPGA Tour’s all-time record for most consecutive rounds in the ’60s (15) and most consecutive rounds under par (30). which stretched to 16 and 34, before a 2-over-par opening round in the first major of the year, the Chevron Championship ended these streaks. She’s also posted four top-five finishes this season, including a fourth-place finish at the US Women’s Open earlier this month.
The Covid-19 pandemic put a stop to Ko’s international travel in 2020, and he made the difficult decision to stay home in South Korea for most of the season, missing out on three major championships. She did not participate in last year’s AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie, which means she will return to Scotland having not played the Links since her Women’s Scottish Open debut in 2018, where she finished tied for third.
Speaking about her return to Scotland, Ko commented: “I haven’t been back to Scotland since I first played in this event in 2018, so I’m really excited to be back in the summer. Although links golf is difficult, I really like to experience the different conditions that we don’t have in Korea or anywhere else in the world. I haven’t traveled much outside of Asia or America in recent years, so I’m looking forward to enjoying the Scottish food and beautiful scenery while I’m there and also seeing how the event has evolved since I was last there four years ago. .”
Fans will return to full capacity for the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open 2022, the only professional golf event to take place in the west of Scotland this summer. Tickets are available to purchase at www.womensscottish.com.
The tournament’s title sponsor, Trust Golf, has increased this year’s prize fund by 33% to $2 million. The Thailand-based technology company has taken over as Title Sponsor in 2021 as part of an ambition to help grow the women’s game and develop the next generation of golfers. Through its sponsorship of the Women’s Scottish Open, Trust Golf aims to create the best opportunities for female golfers on an international stage and use the platform to elevate women’s golf.
The Scottish Government and VisitScotland are strong supporters of women’s golf and have a long-standing commitment to the Women’s Scottish Open. As part of its aim to grow the women’s game in Scotland, VisitScotland last year announced a new 5-year funding deal for the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open with investment of up to £6m until 2025.