Lee Anne Pace plays her cards to become golf queen
Lee Anne Pace is eyeing the World number one title at the Sanya Ladies Open, which will kick off on Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th October at Yalong Bay Golf Club in Sanya City.
The event carrying a purse of five million Euros is the richest event on the LPGA tour. It is the first part of the series that will stretch all the way to the December of this year. The series will determine the winner of the Henderson Money list, who will get a bonus of €20,000 and a 10-year exemption to the Ladies European Tour.
Pace has a golden chance of earning the number one title this week as Laura Davies has taken a week off from LET. The 29-year-old, South African is the second in the rankings with the help of three victories. According to the record, if Pace wins the title, she will become the first South African to win in three decades.
Both the ladies have a gap of €4,038. If Pace manages to fall in the top-10 players on the leader board, she will easily over throw Laura Davies. The Mosel Bay resident has carded seven top-10 finishes, including three victories, on the LET this season.
Pace surged to the top of the list only once when she won the Aberdeen Scottish Open in August of this year, but was overthrown by Davies, who claimed her fourth title of the year at the Open de Espana Femenino. According to analysts, Pace has a clear opportunity to cash in on, as Davies won’t be coming back before the Korean Ladies Masters.
After this, the tournament will head to Asia, China, Korea and India. Pace will be a key player on all three events as she will be weighing her chances of winning the Henderson Money List to get into the LPGA’s Final Qualifying Tournament. Moreover, if she wants the title of number one, then she will have to make an appearance at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters at Emirates Golf Club. The prize money of €500,000 will push her to the top of money list.
Pace has similar plans and she told it to the press. She said, "It’s good to have options, but if I have to go to Dubai to win the Order of Merit, then I’ll do that rather than going to the LPGA Q-School Finals. There’s always next year".
Moving further, the next contender for the number one title is Melissa Reid. The Turkish Airlines Ladies Open champion is ranked at the third spot on the Henderson Money List and requires prize money of €42,214 to overthrow the queen.
Next in the race to the top is Trish Johnson, who holds the record of two victories this year. The English woman has 20 title victories in her bag and she will be carrying her experience to the field. The 44-year-old is seventh on the Henderson Money List with €137,749. However, the tour to China will be her first time.
Trish will be accompanied by six more ladies. Vikki Laing, ninth in ranking with €114,538, Florentyna Parker, at 11th spot with €110,230, Christel Boeljon, at 13th with €102,686 in bank, Ashleigh Simon at 14th spot with €100,769, Becky Brewerton at 17th with €90,942 and Karen Lunn  at the 20th spot of the money list with €87,746 in bank.
This is it for the news that says that Lee Anne Pace will be teeing off at the Sanya Ladies Open, which will be staged at Yalong Bay Golf Club. The World number two has eyes on the top most spot of the World ranking with Laura Davies absent from the scenario. The winner of the title will get 30,000 Euros, which indicates the fact that if Pace wins it, she will automatically overthrow the reigning queen.
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