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KPMG Women's PGA Championship - Golf: Preview

21 June 2022 09:53:26 EST
Sweden's Anna Nordqvist is the last European to win the PGA Championship

The Congressional Country Club in Maryland will host its first ever women's Major this week, as the world's best players tee it up in the KPMG PGA Championship.

The Blue Course has been the venue for four men's Majors and a US Senior Open in the past, but this week it's the turn of the ladies to take on one of the most prestigious courses in America.

Nelly Korda starts the week as the defending champion and the majority of the crowd will hope that the US can find another winner in 2022, after just two home victories in this tournament over the last 11 years.

What: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Where: Congressional Country Club, Maryland

When: Thursday June 23rd-Sunday 26th, 2022

How to watch: Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Mix

Odds: Nelly Korda 9/1, Lydia Ko 11/1, Jin Young Ko 11/1, Minjee Lee 14/1, Lexi Thompson 14/1

Consistent Ko can claim third Major

You would struggle to find anyone on either the men's or women's Tours that have been in more consistent form in 2022 than Lydia Ko.

The Korean-born New Zealander has already won on the LPGA Tour this year, with a one-shot victory at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio event in late January.

She has been knocking on the door in recent weeks to claim another success, with her last five tournaments seeing her finish T3-T12-5-T4-4 - the fifth-place finish coming in this month's US Open.

Ko is not only in great form, but she also has the experience and the temperament to win one of these big events, as she seeks her third Major title.

The big surprise is that the 25-year-old, who has 17 LPGA Tour titles to her name, hasn't won a Major since 2016, but this could be the week that wait ends.

Ko heads to Congressional ranked fourth in the world and is 11/1 to go one better than her best previous finish in the PGA Championship - when she was runner-up at Sahalee Country Club in 2016.

Former winner Henderson can challenge

Ko lost out to Brooke Henderson six years ago and the Canadian could battle it out with her again for this week’s $675,000 first prize.

The 24-year-old claimed her 11th LPGA Tour victory earlier this month, when beating American Lindsey Weaver-Wright in a play-off to take the ShopRite LPGA Classic title.

As well as picking up a cheque for $262,500, that success helped move Henderson into the world's top-10 and she will head to Congressional in confident mood.

The 2016 champion has a fantastic record in this event - Henderson has finished T5-1-2-T6-T-30-6-T21 in seven appearances in the PGA Championship.

Ewart Shadoff offers European value

It's been 12 years since a European golfer last won the women's PGA Championship, when Sweden's Anna Nordqvist held aloft the trophy.

The betting suggests that that wait might go on, but there are a couple of players from across the pond who will fancy their chances at Congressional Club this week.

One of those is England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff, who is in good form heading to Maryland despite her ranking of 92nd in the world.

The 34-year-old finished third behind Hendersonjust one shot behind the winner - in the ShopRite LPGA Classic two weeks ago. She then followed that up with a T49 finish at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, which could have been a lot better but for a slow start with an opening round 73.

Ewart Shadoff, who is from Yorkshire, but went to college in the US, is available at 66/1 to claim her first Major title this week.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Leona Maguire is another fancied to go well and she is currently 30/1 to win on Sunday, having recently moved into the world's top 20.

Maguire finished T2 last week after losing out to Jennifer Kupcho in a three-way play-off, having carded a stunning final round 65. That was her second top-10 finish in her last three tournaments, having finished T8 at the US Open.

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