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2021 LPGA Founders Cup preview: Nelly Korda, Jin Young Ko headline the field

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The Cognizant Founders Cup kicks off on Thursday, welcoming the world’s top-ranked golfers to West Caldwell, N.J.

The tournament, now in its tenth year, celebrates the 13 founding members of the LPGA, paying tribute to the sport’s history. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 72-hole championship.

Course: Mountain Ridge Country Club (West Caldwell, New Jersey)

Purse: $3 million total; winner takes home $450,000

How to watch: The Founders Cup will air exclusively on the Golf Channel.

Thursday: 2-5 p.m. ET

Friday: 12-3 p.m. ET

Saturday: 12-3 p.m. ET

Sunday: 12-3 p.m. ET

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Who to watch

Jin Young Ko

Jin Young Ko enters the Founders Cup as the tournament’s reigning champion, having won the title in 2019 for her first victory on American soil. The World No. 2 is enjoying a solid second half of the 2021 season, fresh off of a second-place finish at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and a win at the Cambia Portland Classic. Ko, in top form, will look to ride her momentum to another Founders Cup title.

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Nelly Korda

After three weeks away from the game, Nelly Korda will return to the golf course at the Founders Cup. The 23-year-old has been tending to a shoulder injury after a busy summer schedule, which included an Olympic gold medal and three title wins.

The World No. 1 will look to add to her haul with a win at Mountain Ridge Country Club.