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News // Lydia Ko commits to Saudi events; ineligible for Vare Trophy (golfweek.usatoday.com)

News // Lydia Ko commits to Saudi events; ineligible for Vare Trophy

Lydia Ko will make her debut in Saudi Arabia at next week’s Aramco Saudi Ladies International, followed by the Aramco Team Series Jeddah, the fourth and final leg of the Saudi-backed series that included stops in London, Sotogrande and New York.

The Jeddah event will be held opposite the LPGA’s Pelican Women’s Championship in Belleair, Florida.

With only one event remaining on the LPGA schedule after Pelican – the CME Group Tour Championship – Ko will be the latest player out of the running for this year’s Vare Trophy. To be eligible for the Vare, awarded to the player with the lowest scoring average for the season, players must compete in 70 rounds or 70 percent of official tournament rounds, whichever is less. In this case, that would be 70 rounds. Ko currently has 65 official rounds for the season. The CME would put her at 69, one short.

Ko currently ranks fourth on tour in scoring average at 69.615. The three players ahead of her on the list, Nelly Korda (69.074),…

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