As the final full-field event on the schedule, the Pelican Women’s Championship has attracted a variety of characters trying to make some last-minute moves. Lydia Ko, Nelly Korda and Hannah Green is the most exciting grouping to tee off in the opening. Everyone has so much to gain and not much to lose when the season comes to an end.
The Rolex Player of the Year race is inches from the finish line, but it’s far from over as six players still have a mathematical chance of winning. Ko’s second win of the season at the BMW Ladies Championship propelled her to the top of the leaderboard, where she has a slender one-point lead over Minjee Lee. But Lee doesn’t compete in the Pelican Women’s Championship, opening the door for Ko to take a stronger position at the front of the pack.
Although victory is the goal, Ko could do with another top 10 – an easy task for the 25-year-old. After wowing the world as a teenager, Ko is climbing her way back to the top of the game. This year is Ko’s first multi-win season since 2016 and by far her most consistent. Ko picked up momentum in June and has had 10 top 10 finishes in her last 12 starts – nine of them in the top five.
In 2021, Korda missed the 17th hole at Pelican Golf Club with a triple bogey to relinquish her lead in the final round of the competition. She was able to bounce back and fuck her final hole, putting the Olympic gold medalist to 17 under par and into a four-way playoff with Ko, Lexi Thompson and Sei Young Kim. Korda then shagged the first playoff hole from 23 feet to take the title.
Back at the Pelican Gold Club this week, Korda is sure to play aggressively as she defends her title. Not only is the 24-year-old still looking for her first win of 2022, but she also wants to climb up the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. Korda started this year as world No. 1 before relinquishing the spot to Jin Young Ko. She is now No. 4 behind Lydia, Jin Young and Atthaya Thitikul – all of whom have at least one win in 2022.
This week is Green’s second appearance at Pelican Golf Club and her first since the event’s inaugural year in 2020. The Australian is aiming for her first win on the LPGA Tour after winning twice at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the Cambia Portland Classic in 2019 had won .
Green, ranked No. 20 in the world and 18th in the Race to CME Globe, came close several times this year, earning eight top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish at the DIO Implant LA Open. Green has competed in her last two starts, finishing 10th at the BMW Ladies Championship and tied for third at the AmazingCre Portland Classic. Green is fast approaching that third win and could find it in Florida this weekend.