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2019 Cambia Portland Classic fixtures: Marina Alex, Ko Jin Young, Lydia Ko encounters

2019 Cambia Portland Classic fixtures: Marina Alex, Ko Jin Young, Lydia Ko encounters

This week's LPGA Tour Cambia Portland Classic gathered lots of players with a $ 1.3 million prize fund.

The tournament took place at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland (Oregon, USA).

Defending champion Marina Alex will defend the title in a 144-golfer race. Seven of these were crowned in Cambia Portland Classic, including Austin Ernst, Brooke Henderson, Hur Mi Jung, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen. Major champions such as Park Sung Hyun, Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn also participated. The big prize fund is considered the reason that Cambia Portland Classic attracted this powerful female golfer.

Marina Alex last year hit the final round of excellence, when she hit 68 sticks with eight birdies and a bogey. This scoreboard helped Alex erase the gap with six strokes less than Georgia Hall - who holds the top after 54 holes. Alex was crowned with a final score of -19, while Hall came second with a score of -15.

In the 47-year history of the tournament, only three defenders succeeded, including Kathy Whitworth (1972, 1973), Annika Sorenstam (2002, 2003) and Brooke Henderson (2015, 2016).

Alex said: "I think I would be more comfortable with the idea that I go out to play my best to get a good result and then there are people who play better than me. There is nothing wrong. won the cup again, that was great. However, I did not pressure myself on the results this week".

With Henderson, Columbia Edgewater Country Club, par72, 6,476 yards (1 yard equivalent to 0.9 meters) is very familiar, because she has been crowned for two consecutive years here. Golf Canada 21 years old said: "I have a lot of good memories with this course, and I feel that every hole is suitable. Here, I am comfortable when standing on the tee, scoring more birdsies, the more I play the more confident Hope I can continue to succeed this time".

Having just won their fourth LPGA Tour this season, at CP Women’s Open last weekend, Korea's No. 1 Korean star Ko Jin Young was also considered as the champion candidate. She was very comfortable, even though she was first participating in the tournament. Ko said: "Last year, I was tired so I missed this tournament. This year, I feel good with everything. Many colleagues talk about great food and music here, so I want to compete and more experience".

Since Hur Mi Jung was crowned in 2009, no other Korean golfer has won in Cambia Portland Classic.