The year’s second major tournament will take place at Olympia Fields Country Club in IL.
The top three rankings could all change hands this week with Ryu, No.2 Ariya and No.3 Lydia Ko of New Zealand separated by small margins.
“I would love to make the cut at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship“, Paolozzi said earlier this year after winning her second straight Women’s Stroke Play Championship to again qualify for the event.
Last year, she finished second, losing to Canadian Brooke Henderson in a playoff, while in 2014, she finished third (in 2015 she missed the cut). It’s a major championship, and it will be a tough week.
“You know, there might be a little less pressure because some of the other girls are playing in such a great standard”, she said. “I’ve been saying that all year but then I won (and) proved to some of the naysayers and proved to myself that I am in a great position”.
Ko is due to head out in the opening round at 1.50pm local time tomorrow and will begin on the ninth hole in an interesting group featuring South Korea’s Inbee Park, the Rio 2016 gold medallists and a three-time victor of the tournament. “That’s the one I really want to achieve”, Ryu said.
“We’re going to continue to make sure that we make this one of the very best events not just in women’s golf but in golf”, PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua said.
Lydia Ko believes Olympia Fields Country Club is a course with a great balance.
“I’ve dropped a lot of baggage [having made the decision to retire] and focus on each shot”, said Miyazato.
Ariya Jutanugarn already has a place in Olympia Fields’ displays of its tournament history as a result of her victory in the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior tournament. “Hopefully I’ll get off to a fast start Thursday”.
Singh, a three-time major champion and former No. 1 player in the world who also plays on the PGA Tour Champions, birdied two of the last three holes to post a 65. She comes in off a dominating win last week in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, which made her the first repeat victor in 16 events this season.
By closing with a 64 last week, Wie earned her fifth top-10 finish of the season, a drastic improvement over 2016 for the 27-year-old who has battled injuries the last couple of years but has stayed healthy so far in 2017.
A year ago, Paolozzi competed in the Women’s PGA for the first time, finishing at 13-over through 36 holes and missing the cut for the final 36 holes at the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington.
Ryu, who won the 2017 ANA Inspiration for her second major title, will play alongside American Gerina Piller and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen in the first two rounds at Olympia Fields.