Jin Younger Ko ascended to World No. 1 along with her win finally yr’s ANA Inspiration. She is going to lose a kind of titles subsequent week.
Ko shouldn’t be among the many 105 gamers listed for the LPGA main at Mission Hills Nation Membership. Ko has not performed for the reason that LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship final November, deciding to shelter in place throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in her native South Korea.
It’s the first time an ANA winner received’t get the prospect to repeat since 2004, when Patricia Meunier-LeBouc was unable to play on account of giving start simply two months previous to the occasion.
Ko shouldn’t be alone in passing on the ANA, as fellow South Koreans So Yeon Ryu, Hyo Joo Kim and Jeong Eun Lee6 all sitting out as properly. Nevertheless, former No. 1 and two-time main winner Sung Hyun Park will play, marking Park’s first look in 2020.
Additionally lacking from the sphere is Cinderella story Sophia Popov, whose omission is considerably of a controversy. Her five-year exemption for profitable the Girls’s Open doesn’t start till 2021, and the LPGA didn’t situation her a particular invite. Total, 15 of the world’s prime 20 might be on the Rancho Mirage occasion.
The 2020 ANA Inspiration begins Sept. 10.