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Lydia Ko dominated her sport as a teenager

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Golf tips, best bets and player analysis for the Chevron Championship at Mission Hills Country Club on the LPGA Tour.

where to watch

Sky Sports Golf, Thursday 5 p.m.

Best bets

Lydia Ko
1.5pts each way 12-1 general

Patty Tavatanakit
1pt each way 22-1 bet365

Tournament Overview

Jin Young Ko is a 5-1 favorite for the Chevron Championship – the first Major of the LPGA season – and many bettors will keep their betting plan simple this week and go for the massively in-form Korean.

Ko has won six of his last 12 tournaments – a breathtaking Tiger-esque strike rate of 50% – and many LPGA fans will feel that a two-way investment in the market leader is almost guaranteed.

Jin Young hasn’t won a Major in almost three years – and his last two Major appearances resulted in 46th in the PGA Championship and 60th in the Evian Championship – so the preference goes to two top operators level with a higher rating.

The Americans have a poor record in the first Major of the year – no homegrown talent has won this event since 2015 – and that trend could continue. Nelly Korda is sidelined with a blood clot in her arm while Lexi Thompson has been winless since June 2019.

New Zealander Lydia Ko appeals as the best option. The former prodigy, world number one at 17, won a Major at 18 and dominated the sport for four years. From 2017 there have been fewer trophies, but Ko appears to have pulled herself together over the past year and can claim a third major title at Mission Hills Country Club on Sunday.

Ko won the Lotte Championship by seven strokes last April to signal her return to form, then followed that up with the Saudi Ladies International title in November and then the Gainbridge LPGA in late January.

A Covid fight has meant a light schedule in recent weeks, but Ko said the disease only affected her physically for about seven days, and 12th place at the JTBC Classic last week was a decent warm-up round. for Chevron.

Ko won this event in 2016 and has finished sixth and second for the past two years. She signed with a course record 62 last year and can throw the biggest challenge to her namesake Jin Young.

Defending champion Patty Tavatanakit should provide a strong defense. The 2021 Rookie of the Year says her game is in much better shape than it was when she triumphed 12 months ago – an ominous warning for her rivals. She was a weak amateur in the 2019 Major at Mission Hills and the Bangkok Bombshell is having a strong season. The action starts at 2.30pm UK and Ireland time.

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