Major clout for Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

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World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand has joined the stellar line-up for the 2017 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, which returns to TPC Kuala Lumpur this October 26-29.

Jutanugran, who became the first Thai to win a Major with her victory in the 2016 Ricoh Women’s British Open, will be joined by Danielle Kang, who picked up her first Major victory last month at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and the 2015 champion Jessica Korda.

‘’It’s exciting to be heading back to South East Asia for the championship. As with many of the players on Tour, it’s one of my favourite stops all season and you can guarantee that there will be a great atmosphere all week,’’ said Ariya.

Defending champion Shanshan Feng, former World No 1 Lydia Ko, and Canadian swinging sensation Brooke Henderson have been quick to confirm their return to the event.

“Together with our partners at the LPGA Tour, the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia prides itself on delivering a stellar field year in, year out, and 2017 will certainly be no exception. We look forward to welcoming Ariya, Jessica and Danielle back to TPC Kuala Lumpur and to showing them some true Malaysian hospitality. The tournament is shaping up very nicely and will be another fantastic spectacle for all the visitors that join us this October,” said TPC Kuala Lumpur chief executive officer tournament committee chairman Steven Thielke.

The championship, now in its eighth showing, has garnered a reputation as one of the most entertaining events on the LPGA calendar, and is unlikely to disappoint this October, with an action-packed spectacle planned both in and outside the ropes. Once again embodying the slogan Women with Drive, the championship will serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Malaysian sportswoman.

Meanwhile, as with each edition since its inaugural year, the event will again showcase its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with players donning pink on the penultimate day of the tournament, to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer in Malaysia. The fundraising has enabled Cancer Research Malaysia to increase awareness about breast and ovarian cancer among Malaysian women, especially those from lower income households, as well as improve their access to treatment.

The eighth edition of the US$ 1.8 million purse Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia will take place on the East Course of TPC Kuala Lumpur from 26 – 29 October 2017. A total of 78 players, including 63 players from the LPGA Tour will compete in the 72-hole stroke play, no cut tournament.

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