Kuala Lumpur, July 13: Two-time champion Shanshan Feng of China will return to defend her title in the eighth edition of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, which officials today confirmed will tee-off at TPC Kuala Lumpur this October 26-29.
“I’m happy with where my game is at right now and hope that I can produce some more good results when we head over to Asia later in the year,” said the bubbly Chinese star, who won a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics and recently claimed her seventh LPGA title at the LPGA Volvik Championship in May.
Feng is looking forward to returning to KL for the popular event, which over the years has also built a reputation for excellent off-course entertainment and activities.
“We’re looked after really well, the fans are great and there’s always just so much going on,” said Feng, who also won the event in 2014. “And yes, I have to mention the food, but it’s great!”
Also confirming their participation in this year’s tournament are former World No 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Canadian starlet Brooke Henderson.
“I always love getting back to Asia at the end of the year and playing the tournaments over there – and the Sime Darby event has to be one of the best. It’s a lot of fun, played on a really good course and everybody’s just really appreciative of the whole event. I came pretty close in 2015 when Jessica won, but will just get out there and give it my best shot and see what I can do,” said Ko, who relinquished the No 1 spot she had held for 84 weeks last month.
The 19-year old Henderson stormed onto the international golf scene in 2015 with a win at the Portland Classic which she has backed up with three further wins, including a maiden Major in 2016.
“I really enjoyed my first time playing the Sime Darby LPGA last year in Malaysia. The event was first-class and the fans were so supportive! I look forward to using my experience from the golf course last year to contend for the championship this October,” said the Canadian teen.
The US$1.8 million, no-cut event will be staged once again at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s East Course with a field of 78 players including 63 from the LPGA Tour. Places are allocated for the winner and top four Malaysians in a qualifying tournament, along with two Malaysian juniors based on performances over a series of events.
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