5 female golfers to look out for in 2020
Here are the five ladies we’re expecting to swing their way to the top in 2020…
At just 22 years old, British golfer Georgia Hall has already broken into the world’s top 10. She began her golfing career at Canford Magna Golf Club, going on to win two gold medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, before turning professional in 2014. Since then, she has won the Open Generali de Strasbourg and the Oates Open, as well as the 2018 Women’s British Open. This year, Hall also secured LET Order of Merit for the second year in a row.
The youngest player and first amateur to win a JLPGA major, Hataoka is a 19-year-old Japanese player with huge prospects. Turned professional in 2017, Hataoka already has eight wins under her belt including the Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup earlier this year. Hataoka will be striving for gold in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Maguire graduated to professional as the number one amateur in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, a title she held for the longest period in history. At 25, the Irish-born golfer has already jumped 440 places in the world tables since turning professional in June 2018 and is now ranked at 174. Next year, Maguire will join Stephanie Meadow as one of the two Irish professionals on the LPGA Tour.
Two-time winner of the Ladies European Tour, Thitkul is the youngest golfer ever to win a professional golf tournament, having won the ladies European Thailand Championship aged only 14. Now 16, Thitkul is currently the world’s top women’s amateur golfer and is expected to turn professional in 2020.
Next year will be the second LPGA season for Chinese Muni He, having won the 2019 Q-Series Tournament by three-strokes to qualify for 2020. She made her professional debut at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in December 2017 and now has a world ranking of 373.