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Key storylines, top players to follow at the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

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The 2022 KPMG Women’s Championship starts on Thursday (broadcast schedule, progress information, event history here) at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Ahead of the third major LPGA tournament of the season, which will feature 18 of the top 20 Rolex players, here are a few players and the most important storylines.

KPMG Women’s Championship 2022: key players to know about in Congress

Nelly Korda

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    As the reigning champion, 23-year-old Korda will be looking to join Mickey Wright (1960-61) Patty Sheehan (1983-84) and July Inkster (1999-2000) – and triplets Annika Sorenstam (2003-04-05) and Inbi Park (2013-14-15) – as the only players to successfully defend their PGA Women’s Championship titles. 23-year-old Rolex No. 2 Korda was diagnosed with a blood clot in her left hand in March, forcing her to withdraw from competition for two months. She returned to action in June at the US Women’s Open for a T-8 finish, and last week she held a 54-hole lead at the Meijer LPGA Classic before losing in the playoffs.

Jin Young Ko

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    The five-year LPGA veteran is a 13-time LPGA winner with two major titles on his resume: the 2019 Chevron Championship and the 2019 Amundi Evian Championship. The 26-year-old, who is ranked number one in the Rolex rankings and hails from South Korea, has been ranked third in the LPGA rankings for average in major championships since 2017, with a score of 70.85. The only No. 12 in the world and the 2020 KPMG winner. Sei Young Kim (70.63) and Inbi Park (70.82) have the best average score in this interval. Since 2019, she has placed in the top five in the majors five times, which is equivalent to most other players during this period.

Lexi Thompson

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    It’s only a matter of time before 6th-placed Thompson wins the tournament given her recent form: she’s finished in the top 10 five times in eight starts this season and has been runners-up twice on her own. No player has hit more greens this season than Thompson (76.5%), and since 2013 she has placed in the top five in major tournaments 12 times, tied for second in that span.

Minji Lee

  • The 26-year-old Australian, ranked 3rd by Rolex, captured her second major career title this year at the US Open and her second title of the season after also winning the Cognizant Founders Cup in May. She also has two podium finishes this season, taking T-2 at the HSBC Women’s World Championship and T-3 at the Los Angeles Open. Of note, since the start of 2021, no player has had a better cumulative score over par in major tournaments than Lee, 38 under par (Nelly Korda ranks second under the age of 34).

Lydia Ko

  • The 25-year-old New Zealander, ranked 4th in the world, took her 17th career LPGA win in January at Gainbridge LGPA in Boca Rio, where she won Daniel Kahn by stroke. In the season, she has six top 10s in 11 starts with her worst result being a T-25 at the Chevron Championship.

Jessica Korda

  • 29-year-old sister of last year’s champion, Nelly Korda, finished in the top 10 in three of six events in 2022, and arrived at Congress in a T-5 at the Meijer LPGA Classic in her most recent start. Jessica, a six-time LPGA winner ranked 14th in the world, ranks 9th in the 60s rounds and 14th in average driving distance.

Jennifer Cupcho

  • The 9th-placed 25-year-old product Wake Forest won her first major in March at the Chevron Championship, and last week she won at the Meijer LPGA Classic against a similar field, including a playoff against Nelly Korda and Ireland Leona Maguire. Kupcho ranks ninth on the tour for total birds and fifth for eagles.

Brooke Henderson

  • The 11-time LPGA winner recently added to her résumé at the ShopRite LPGA Classic by scoring 64 points in the final round to win Lindsey Weaver-Wright in the playoffs. She won the KPMG title in 2016 and placed second in 2017. It should be noted that this season, the 24-year-old No. 8 of the world has played eight rounds without ghosts, which is the best indicator on the tour.

Past PGA KPMG Women’s Championship winners

Year

Winner

Location

Check

Field

Runner-up(s)

2021

Nelly Korda (USA)

Atlanta Athletic Club, Jones Creek, Georgia.

19-to 269

Three strikes

Lisette Salas (USA)

2020

Sei Young Kim (South Korea)

Aroniminck Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

14-to 266

Five strikes

Inbi Park (South Korea)

2019

Hanna Green (Australia)

Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota.

9-to 279

One hit

Song Hyun Park (South Korea)

2018

Song Hyun Park (South Korea)

Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Kildee, Illinois.

10-up to 278

Won in playoff

Nasa Hataoka (Japan)Seo Young Ryu (South Korea)

2017

Daniel Kahn (USA)

Olympia Fields Golf Club (North Course), Olympia Fields, Illinois.

13-to 271

One hit

Brooke Henderson (Canada)

2016

Brooke Henderson (Canada)

Sahalee Country Club, Sammamish, Washington.

6-up to 278

Won in playoff

Lydia Ko (New Zealand)

2015

Inbi Park (South Korea)

Westchester Country Club (West Field), Harrison, New York

19-to 273

Five strikes

Sei Young Kim (South Korea)

2014

Inbi Park (South Korea)

Monroe Golf Club, Pittsford, New York

11-to 277

Won in playoff

Brittany Lincicom (USA)

2013

Inbi Park (South Korea)

Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, New York

5-to 283

Won in playoff

Catriona Matthew (Scotland)

2012

Shanshan Feng (China)

Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, New York

6-to 282

Two strikes

Mika Miyazato (Japan), Stacey Lewis (USA), Suzanne Pettersen (Sweden), Eun Hee Ji (South Korea)

2011

Jani Tseng (Taiwan)

Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, New York

19-to 269

10 strokes

Morgan Pressel (USA)

The NBC Golf Research Group contributed to this report.

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