World No 2 Ariya Jutanugarn will return to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at TPC Kuala Lumpur this October as one of the top contenders.
The Thai powerhouse has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the sport since turning professional in 2012, when she made her debut in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia as a 16-year-old amateur and finished an impressive joint ninth. She has had a stellar 2016 so far with five wins including a Major in the Women’s British Open.
Jutanugarn said: “I’m really excited about returning to Kuala Lumpur for the tournament. I’ve always enjoyed playing here since I first played here back in 2012. It’s been a great year for me so far and I’m feeling good at the moment, so I’m looking forward to improving on last year’s result.”
Defending champion Jessica Kora of the USA, New Zealand’s World No 1 Lydia Ko and rising Canadian star Brooke Henderson had previously announced their participation in the tournament. Other notable names in the line-up include Korean trio Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun, and Amy Yang, as well as Anna Nordqvist, Brittany Lang, Haru Nomura, and Stacy Lewis.
Joining them in Kuala Lumpur this year will be fan favourite Michelle Wie, who has been given a sponsor’s invitation. The American has endured a difficult year so far and is seeking to regain the form she showed when she won her first Major in 2014 at the U.S. Women’s Open.
The 26-year-old said: “Thank you very much to the sponsors for inviting me back again for the tournament. The tournament has always been a well-organised and great event and I really enjoyed myself last year, so I think it’s fantastic that I get to be part of it again this year.”
The seventh edition of the US$ 1.8 million purse Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia will take place on the East course at TPC Kuala Lumpur from 27 – 30 October 2016. 78 players, made up of 64 players from the LPGA tour and fourteen sponsor exemptions will compete in the 72-hole stroke play, no cut tournament.
Billed “Malaysia’s Most Fun Tournament”, spectators at TPC Kuala Lumpur will be treated to four days of first-class action on-course and a feast of entertainment off it encompassing food, music, and family activities. For all the latest updates, visit the tournament website at www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com.