A quick-fire poll of the leading women golfers revealed that they predict a low winning score in the World Ladies Championship this week.
The average winning score predicted was around 20-under-par. This is the third edition of the tournament but the first time that it has been played on the signature Blackstone Course.
Last year it was played on the Sandbelt Trails Course, when Suzann Pettersen posted a 72-hole winning total of 18-under-par, while Shanshan Feng finished with a 54-hole total of 10-under-par when she won the inaugural event on The Vintage Course in 2012.
“If the weather conditions stay like this, I would say 18-under-par,” predicted Pettersen, while World No.1 amateur Minjee Lee said: “Maybe 18 to 20 under.” Park suggested “20-under-par.” Gwladys Nocera gave a conservative number of 10-under-par, but So Yeon Ryu thought the final score could be even lower in the 20s.
“I’m pretty sure it will be more than 20 and that’s not because of course quality, it’s more a matter of players’ ability. These days so many players are playing so well so I think more than 20,” Ryu said.
The lowest winning 72-hole score on the LET was 29-under-par by Gwladys Nocera at the 2008 Goteborg Masters in Sweden.
Pettersen’s winning total at last year’s World Ladies Championship tied the 2013 record along with Jiyai Shin who won the ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open on the same number.