Former World No 1 Yani Tseng and American star Paula Creamer are among seven players who have been given sponsor’s invitations for the eighth Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at TPC Kuala Lumpur this October 26-29.
Tseng became Asia’s first ever World. No 1 in 2011, a spot she held for 109 consecutive weeks. In 2012 at the age of 22, the Taiwanese sensation became the youngest player of either gender to amass five Major victories. Despite failing in recent years to add to her haul of 15 LPGA titles, she remains one of the most recognisable names in the game.
“I’ve have some great memories from playing the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and would like to thank the organisers for giving me the opportunity to return to what is among the most enjoyable stops on the LPGA Tour,’” said Tseng.
Dubbed the Pink Panther for her love of the colour, 10-time LPGA winner Creamer is a long-time crowd favourite. While her form has been sketchy recently, she remains among the most respected players in the game and turned in an inspired performance in the Solehim Cup in August following a late-call up to the US team to replace the injured Jessca Korda (Creamer amassed a 3-1-0 record to help her team to a comprehensive win over Europe).
The five other sponsor’s exemptions went to rising Malaysian No. 1 Kelly Tan who will be making her sixth appearance in the event, rising Indian star Aditi Ashok, South Africa’s Lee Ann Pace, and Americans Alison Lee and Cheyenne Woods.
Tan’s career is intrinsically linked with the event, having been a pioneer participant in the inaugural Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme in 2010.
“This tournament has done so much to help my career, as well as women’s golf in Malaysia, and I can’t wait to be back competing on home soil. My season so far hasn’t been great, so I’m hoping that a return to Kuala Lumpur will help inspire me back to my best,” said Tan.
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