With golf returning to the Olympic games for the first time in over 100 years, this week’s World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills, Dongguan, provides a perfect opportunity for golfers from all over the world to pick up invaluable ranking points to make the cut for Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
As the first Olympic year golf in over a century, 2016 will be one of the most crucial years that most of the golfers have ever played in. China golfing starlet and Guangzhou native Lin Xiyu said, “This tournament is kind of similar to the Olympics because we are playing for ourselves but also as part of a team and I’m here with Pan Yan-Hong. We were part of the same Province team before, when we played on the National team, so we know each other.” Adding, “I think that will give me experience and also Mission Hills and the National Team have helped me a lot throughout my career, so I think it’s an important tournament and I’m glad to be here.”
Danish sensation Nicole Broch Larsen’s impressive start to the year has many pundits tipping her for further glory and potentially even an Olympic medal, the 2015 Ladies European Tour Player’s Player of the year was in upbeat mood following her impressive third place finish at the recent RACV Ladies Masters in Australia, “I’m can’t be certain to play in Rio yet but every tournament is a great opportunity to get more World Ranking points and this is a big event so hopefully I’ll play well.”
The tournament has been won by South Korean teams in the last two years but with more wet and windy weather predicted in Dongguan, conditions promise to be tough and we could well be looking at the most unpredictable World Ladies Championship on record.
It is the first time the event has been held in Dongguan, and total prize money will come in at 800,000 USD.