The LPGA Tour heads to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the second event of the Asian swing, the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. The highly acclaimed Kualua Lumpur Golf and Country Club will host a field of 72 players for the 72-hole stroke play competition. This year’s event will feature the largest purse in the tournament’s four-year history at $2 million, which offers this week’s champion a $300,000 check.
Leading the star-studded field of competitors is defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park. Seeking to defend a title for the first time in her career, the South Korean looks to build on an already impressive season that has produced six tournament wins, three of them being major championships. Her form has propelled her to the world No. 1 status and she currently leads the LPGA Tour’s Official Money List with $2,186,601 and the Rolex Player of the Year race with 281 points, a slim 77 points ahead of No. 2 Suzann Pettersen.
Pettersen will be back in action this week in Malaysia following a three-week break after her win at the Evian Championship last month. The Norwegian has enjoyed a stellar year with three LPGA Tour wins and one victory on the Ladies European Tour. She has climbed from No. 6 to No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings since the beginning of the season. This week, Pettersen looks to prepare for back-to-back title defenses coming in Korea and Taiwan the following two weeks.
Six additional golfers in the top-10 in the Rolex Rankings are committed to play this week -- No. 3 Stacy Lewis, No. 4 So Yeon Ryu, No. 6 Na Yeon Choi, No. 7 Karrie Webb, No. 8 Shanshan Feng and No. 10 I.K. Kim.
The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia will be played October 10-13 and will be featured on Golf Channel all four days. The first three rounds will air from 12:30-3:00 a.m. EST while Sunday’s final round will air from 12:00-3:00 a.m. EST.