The LPGA will continue its Asian swing this week with second annual Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s East Course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng, who won the LPGA HanaBank Championship last week, headlines the star-studded field of 72 players who will be competing for a $1.9 million purse and $285,000 first-place prize. Joining Tseng in the field will be Rolex Rankings No. 2 Suzann Pettersen and defending champion Jimin Kang. Overall, nine of the top 10 players in the Rolex Rankings and 43 of the top 50 on the LPGA’s Official Money List are in action this week.
The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is the second of three consecutive events in Asia, following the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in Korea and preceding the inaugural Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship 2011.
Kang won the inaugural Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia last year, defeating LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Juli Inkster by a stroke. Now Kang will try to see if she can successfully defend her title in Malaysia. The two-time winner on the LPGA Tour is coming off her best finish of the 2011 season. Kang finished in a tie for third at 11-under-par last week at the LPGA HanaBank Championship.
Coming off a victory at last week’s LPGA Hana Bank Championship in South Korea, Tseng is looking to continue her dominant 2011 season. With six LPGA Tour victories under her belt this season, Tseng has held the No. 1 position in the Rolex Rankings for 34 consecutive weeks and she is poised to sweep the year-end LPGA awards. She currently holds the lead in the Rolex Player of the Year race (which she also won in 2010), the contest for the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average and the LPGA money list.
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