The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015 will feature nine out of the top 10 players in the world when it tees off at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) next Thursday.
The field contains 63 out of top 66 players on the official LPGA Money List with no less than 18 players from last month’s thrilling Solheim Cup, including Paula Creamer, Brittany Lang, Alison Lee, Stacy Lewis, Morgan Pressel, Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie from the victorious Team USA; while Team Europe will be represented by Sandra Gal, Charley Hull, Karine Icher, Catriona Matthew, Azahara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist, Suzann Pettersen and Melissa Reid.
In addition, sponsor’s invites include Christina Kim (U.S.), Ryann O’Toole (U.S.), Melissa Reid (England), Paula Reto (South Africa), and Jennifer Rosales (Philippines), Cheyenne Woods (U.S.) and Aditi Ashok (India), who won the local qualifying tournament and will be the first Indian player to feature in the tournament.
The 75 player field is completed by the five Malaysian Angels, consisting of qualifiers Nur Durriyah and Cindy Lee-Pridgen, and Malaysia’s top three professionals, Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh and Ainil Bakar.
Of the players with sponsor exemptions, Kim, Reid, Rosales and four of the five-strong Malaysian contingent will know what to expect on the East Course, having played the tournament on previous occasions – but for O’Toole, Reto, Ashok and Durriya, it will be their first outing at what is one of the biggest purse events in Asia.
The popular Rosales will be making her swan-song appearance before retiring after next year’s Olympic Games.
“It has been a really fun year. Obviously, knowing it is the last means I have had a different approach to it. I am playing without pressure, and doing my best to enjoy every moment, and treasure every minute of it. The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is a great tournament, with an amazing course, so I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to play there again,” said the 36-year-old Filipina.
Chairman of the Sime Darby Foundation, Tun Musa Hitam said: “We are delighted to see, yet again, all the best players in the world making their way to the nation’s capital to compete in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. With nine of the world’s top ten ranked players confirming their attendance, together with a wealth of emerging talents from both Malaysia and around the world, we look forward to seeing some fireworks on course. The good representations from America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia further confirms that the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia has established itself as a truly global event for everyone to enjoy.”
Billed ‘the nation’s most fun golf event’, the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015 sees a host of new initiatives planned both on and off the golf course, promising four days of fun-filled entertainment complete with live DJs, food stalls, Kids Zone, Chip-4-Charity, and its very own KL Food Truck Festival.
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