The Ladies European Tour Priority for 2023
For the 2023 season, Klára Spilková decided to pursue the opportunity offered to her by winning the KPMG Irish Women’s Open. “I want to fully devote myself and focus on the Ladies European Tour,” said the long-term best Czech female golf professional at the beginning of November before her last two starts in the season.
The September title from the Dromoland Castle, Klára Spilková’s second at the LET career-wide, also brought the Czech golfer a membership card for the next two years. This privilege is granted to tournament champions, among whom Spilková returned five years after her premiere triumph at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. She played her first LET tournament in 2010 in Slovakia and became a permanent member of the series in 2011 at the age of just 16.
“It is not only about the Ladies European Tour itself, but also about my two important goals connected with it. Firstly, to get into the team for the Solheim Cup, which is played in Spain next year, and secondly, to compete in the Olympic Games in Paris 2024,” she explained.
For the September match against the USA, eight players will be selected for the European squad based on two rankings, the Ladies European Tour and the Rolex World Golf Rankings. Additionally, four players will be given wild cards by captain Suzann Pettersen. No Czech player has taken part in the Solheim Cup yet.
As for the 2024 Olympics, it would be Klára Spilková’s third Olympic start after Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 (2021), where she was the only Czech golfer in the women’s competition in both instances.
“Just like every season, the main goal is to start at major tournaments. I am definitely not giving up on the LPGA tour, but you have to prioritize because it is going to be tough.” added the 27-year-old professional.
Two tournaments remain to be played until the end of the Ladies European Tour 2022: Aramco Team Series in Saudi Arabia (November 10–12) and Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De Espaňa (November 24–27). Currently, Klára Spilková is occupying the 16th place in the Race to Costa del Sol ranking, despite having played only five tournaments. Prior to the triumph in Ireland, she had always finished in Top 10, including a tied 2nd place at the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open in Beroun, 10th spot at the Amundi German Masters, and a week before Ireland, she finished 8th at the Lacoste Open de France.