Top Storylines for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

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Inbee Park of South Korea lines for a putt on the 18th hole during day four of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

Week of October 7, 2013
Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

(Note: Kuala Lumpur is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Time)

 

Stop No. 2
The LPGA Tour continues its fall Asian swing this week and makes its second stop in Kuala Lumpur for the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. A stacked field of 72 players will tee up at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club for the fourth installment of the event and play for a $2 million purse. Eighteen of the top-20 players on the LPGA Tour Official Money List will be in action.

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park will be making her second title defense of the season this week and is looking for win No. 7 in 2013. The 25-year old South Korean is coming off a third place finish last week in Beijing at the Reignwood LPGA Classic. Park looked like her old self after recording all four rounds in the 60’s (69-68-66-68), notching her first top-10 finish since she won her third major championship of the year at the U.S. Women’s Open in June.

Remaining 2013 LPGA Tour Schedule
Date Event  Location
Oct. 10-13  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia  Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Oct. 17-20 LPGA KEB HanaBank Champ. Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea
Oct. 24-27  Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Champ. Sunrise Golf & Country Club, Yang Mei, Taiwan
Nov. 7-10 Mizuno Classic  Kintetsu Kashikojima, Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan
Nov. 14-17 Lorena Ochoa Invitational  Guadalajara Country Club, Guadalajara, Mexico
Nov. 21-24 CME Group Titleholders Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.

                        

Top-three face-off
Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen and Stacy Lewis have been the top performers this year on the LPGA Tour and the trio is back in action together after Pettersen took the week off while the Tour was in China. With top finishes by Lewis (runner-up) and Park (third) last week in Beijing, the end-of-the-year award races got even tighter.

Inbee Park currently leads the Official Money list with $2,306,328 in earnings this season thanks to her six victories but is by no means safe to finish in the top spot for the money title. With a $300,000 winner’s check on the line this week, Pettersen and Lewis can make a severe dent in Park’s lead.

Lewis picked up $165,043 with her runner-up finish in China and now trails Pettersen by only $7,500.

If Pettersen and Lewis are able to break the $2 million mark this year, it will be only the second time in LPGA Tour history to have two players earn $2 million in one season. Lorena Ochoa ($2,592,872) and Karrie Webb ($2,090,113) both earned $2 million in the 2006 season.

Official Money List Through Reignwood LPGA Classic

Rank Player   Money Earned

1

Inbee Park $2,306,328
2 Suzann Pettersen  $1,721,342
3 Stacy Lewis  $1,713,842
4 So Yeon Ryu  $1,115,816
5 I.K. Kim  $1,056,507

                          

After finishing the Reignwood LPGA Classic last week with all four rounds in the 60’s (68-66-65-68) Stacy Lewis took the lead from Pettersen in the Vare Trophy race for low scoring average and improved to 69.56. Park will be trying to defend her title after she won her first Vare Trophy last season when she finished with a 70.21 scoring average.

Scoring Average Through Reignwood LPGA Classic

Rank Player Average
1 Stacy Lewis 69.564
2 Suzann Pettersen 69.700
3 Inbee Park  69.797
4 Na Yeon Choi  70.082
5 Paula Creamer 70.354

              

Although Lewis came up short for her fourth victory of the season last week, she picked up another top-10 finish to improve her total to 15, tying her total from last season. Lewis won the inaugural Kia Drive to the Top award for most top-10’s in a season in 2012.

Top 10 Finishes Through Reignwood LPGA Classic

Rank Player  Top 10’s   Events Played Percentage
1 Stacy Lewis  15 22 68%
2 Suzann Pettersen 11 18 61%
3 Inbee Park 9 19 47%
4 Shanshan Feng 7 16 44%
5 So Yeon Ryu 8 19 42%
  I.K. Kim 8 19 42%

 

Feng looks to play off China win
Shanshan Feng will try to follow up what was an incredible week for the Guangzhou, China native who won her second LPGA Tour title in Beijing at the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic. Feng eagled the 72nd hole to beat No. 3 Stacy Lewis by one-shot. The 24-year old hadn’t been playing poorly this season but needed a breakthrough for win No. 2. In addition to her win, she has 7 top-10’s in 2013 including a runner-up at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Quick facts
October 10- October 13
Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Field: 72 (69 professionals, 3 amateurs)
Par:  35-36, 71
Yardage: 6,246
Purse: $2,000,000
Winner:  $300,000
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Defending champion: Inbee Park

TV Times
Golf Channel
Oct 10  12:30 – 3:00 a.m.
Oct 11  12:30 – 3:00 a.m.
Oct 12  12:30 – 3:00 a.m.
Oct 13  12:00 – 3:00 a.m.
All times Eastern

***This week’s field information: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia***

2013 LPGA Tour rookies (3)
Chie Arimura                
Moriya Jutanugarn
Caroline Masson                                              

Rolex Rankings
Top 8/10
Top 21/25

2013 LPGA Official Money List
Top 10: 8/10
Top 20: 18/20
Top 50: 46/50

Past Champions
2012     Inbee Park
2011     Na Yeon Choi
2010     Jimin Kang

Press conference schedule

Tuesday, October 8

11:00 a.m.         Stacy Lewis, Rolex Rankings No. 3, top-ranked American with three wins in 2013
Na Yeon Choi, Rolex Rankings No. 6 & 2011 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia champion
Inbee Park, Rolex Rankings No. 1, six victories and three major championships in 2013
Yani Tseng, Rolex Rankings No. 20, 15-time LPGA Tour winner
Karrie Webb, Rolex Rankings No. 7, World and LPGA Golf Halls of Fame member

*Times are local in Kuala Lumpur

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