The final tournament before a three-week break sees the LPGA Tour arrive at Kenwood Country Club in Ohio for the second edition of the Kroger Queen City Championship.
In 2022, Ally Ewing took the title by one shot over Xiyu Lin thanks in part to a stunning run of five successive birdies on the back nine of her final round. That was her third LPGA Tour victory and with none others to her name since then, she’ll be looking to and add another to the list here.
To do so she will need to overcome the challenges of many of the world’s best players. While only one of the world’s top five, Ruoning Yin, is in action this week, there are plenty of other high-profile players in the field, including an array of Major winners.
Yin is one, having won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in June, while another Major winner in 2023, US Women’s Open champion Allisen Corpuz, also plays.
Two time Major winners Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson and Minjee Lee play too, while there’s also an appearance from 2022 AIG Women’s Open champion Ashleigh Buhai.
Jennifer Kupcho, who won the 2022 Chevron Championship, is also in the field, and she is joined by the likes of Yuka Saso, Sei Young Kim, Hinako Shibuno, A Lim Kim and Jeongeun Lee6, each of whom has tasted success in Majors.
Another Major champion, 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Lexi Thompson, participated. She has been significantly out of sorts on the course in 2023, with a missed cut at last week’s Portland Classic the latest in a string of disappointing performances.
Team US Solheim Cup captain Stacy Lewis recently admitted ‘there’s definitely some concerns’ over Thompson’s form slump. With only a matter of weeks until the Solheim Cup, Thompson will be eager to prove to Lewis that she can recover her game for the match at Finca Cortesin.
Other notable names in the field include Rose Zhang, who will also represent Team USA in the match, and Swede Linn Grant, who is one of the 12 players in Suzann Pettersen’s Team Europe.
Players are competing for a $2m purse, an increase of $25,000 on last year’s $1.75m. The winner will earn $300,000 while the runner-up will bank $188,651.