World No 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson are set for a showdown at TPC Kuala Lumpur in next month’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Ko is no stranger to the Malaysian capital, having participated in the previous two editions of the showpiece tournament, finishing eighth in 2014 and narrowly missing out on the title last year as she finished tied second behind Jessica Korda.
2016 has been productive for the 19-year-old so far, with staggering tournament winnings this year of over US$2 million to date. She also wrote herself into the history books, winning a silver medal in the Rio Olympics as women’s golf returned to the Games for the first time in 116 years.
Speaking about her return to TPC Kuala Lumpur, Ko said: “It’s a thrill for me to return to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. I really enjoy the golf course and the support from the fans in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a fantastic event and I hope to improve upon last year’s second place finish this fall.”
The sentiment is shared by Henderson, who will be making her Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia debut this year. The 18-year-old has enjoyed a stellar year thus far, picking up her first major win at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The current world no. 3 had a dream tournament in Washington as she kicked off the week with a hole-in-one and edged Ko in a hard fought contest.
Talking about her tournament debut in Kuala Lumpur, Henderson said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Kuala Lumpur to play in this year’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. It’s going to be my first time around the course, so I’ll definitely need to take some time to familiarise myself with the surroundings. Aside from that, I’ve always been hearing loads of positive things about the tournament. There’s great food, good music, and plenty of activities off the green, so I’m excited about experiencing the event myself.”
Speaking about the confirmed attendance of the two star golfers, Steven Thielke, Chairman of the tournament committee and CEO of TPC Kuala Lumpur, said: “We’re delighted to announce the participation of Lydia and Brooke. They are, of course, two of the world’s very best and their spectacular results this year speak for themselves. The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia prides itself on being a world-class tournament that attracts the best golfers in the world ever year, and we look forward to welcoming them for what will be a very exciting competition at the end of October.”
The seventh edition of the US$ 1.8 million event will take place on the East course at TPC Kuala Lumpur from 27 – 30 October with a field of 78 players made up of 64 from the LPGA Tour and 14 sponsor exemptions.
For updates, visit the tournament website at www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com. Tournament activities can also be followed on www.facebook.com/SimeDarbyLPGAMalaysia, or via Twitter and Instagram using @SimeDarbyLPGA, #SimeDarbyLPGA, #WomenWithDrive.