The 2022 Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play event enters its second year and kicks off a stretch of high-profile tournaments over the next five weeks that also includes two of the five majors in women’s golf.
This event is a test of a golfer’s endurance 64 golfers are in the event and it will take five days, seen rounds, and assuredly more than 120 holes for a winner to emerge.
This is the second year of the event at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the inaugural edition won by American Ally Ewing over Sophia Popov, 2-and-1.
The format consists of 16 groups of four playing round-robin matches from Wednesday through Friday with the winner of each group advancing to single-elimination knockout rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Because of the grueling format, several of the top golfers in the world are taking a pass this week, including the world’s No. 1 Jin Young Ko, who is resting up for two majors on the schedule in June.
Shadow Creek was home to the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup last fall. For the women, it plays at 6,804 yards and par is 72.
Lee is favored to repeat won the Cognizant Founders Cup two weeks ago and reached the quarterfinals of this event last year, so between that history and solid play recently, she is the favorite to win.
The Australian like Lee, is odds second +1400. She has had about a month off to prepare for this stretch, and in her last two events, she has a fifth-place finish and a runner-up at the DIO Implant LA Open and has the power off the tee to per herself in a great position on several of the long holes.
Is a native of Las Vegas, has won this year on the LPGA Tour, and lost 1-up to eventual champion Ewing in the quarterfinal round last year.
Has match play history as an amateur, played well at the Solheim Cup, and has played solid golf since winning her first major at The Chevron Championship in March, finishing in the top 20 in three of her past four events since that triumph.
The defending champion and Ariya Jutanugarn are at +3500, who finished in third place last year.
Minjee Lee is coming off the win and a week off, so her confidence should be high going into this event. Green’s game suits the course well and she’s also playing at a high level, and there’s great value in Kang at +2500 playing on her home course and nearly beating the eventual champion in this event last year.
Here are the latest odds from Jazz Sports for the 2022 Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play.
|GOLFER||ODDS TO WIN 2022 BANK OF HOPE|
|HYO JOO KIM||+1800|
|NANNA KOERSTZ MADSEN||+2800|