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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

LPGA Major = Olympic Dreams

This week is the final week for women golfers to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It also happens to be the week of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, where a major win can mean a big change in the standings.

And for the American women, that's exactly what might happen.

Defending champion Sei Young Kim

Defending champion Sei Young Kim doesn't really need to worry about that, as she's ranked #4 in the Rolex Rankings and #3 on the Korean Team; it's unlikely that she'll drop far enough to fall out of the Top4 Korean players. So Yeon Ryu would have to make up over 3 points to knock Sei Young off the team.

But Jessica Korda is already #13 in the Rolex and #4 on the US Team... and Ally Ewing at #18 in the Rolex is just over a quarter point behind her; that's a deficit that's doable. In fact, Jennifer Kupcho at #24 and Austin Ernst at #26 are each less than a full point back.

And who knows how many other players from other countries could lock up their own Olympic dream with a good finish at the KPMG?

This is another week where the golf coverage is all over the place. Thursday's coverage looks like this:

  • 11am - 3pm ET on GC
  • 5pm - 7pm ET on Peacock Premium

That's right, the Peacock coverage isn't free this time. But NBC will adding some coverage on Saturday and Sunday, so NBC and GC will give us plenty over the weekend.

At any rate, with so much on the line, this is shaping up to be a great major!

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