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Golf: Lewis, Pettersen, Ryu join LPGA showdown in Malaysia

World No. 4 Suzann Pettersen is among six more top LPGA stars confirmed for October’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at KLGCC. Photos: Getty Images.

World No. 4 Suzann Pettersen is among six more top LPGA stars confirmed for October’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Photos: Getty Images.

September 4, 2014: World No. 1 Stacy Lewis is among six stars who have joined defending champion Lexi Thompson and No. 3 Lydia Ko in the field for next month’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, which will be held at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) from October 9-12.

 

World No. 4 Suzann Pettersen of Norway, Korea’s Ryu So-yeon (No. 5), Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist (No. 10) and Americans Cristie Kerr (No. 11) and Jessica Korda (No. 19) are also new additions to the US$ 2 million event.

 

With Thompson currently ranked World No. 7, six of the world’s top 10 have committed to the fifth edition of the 72-hole, no-cut tournament.

 

World No. 1 Stacy Lewis headlines a star-studded field.

World No. 1 Stacy Lewis headlines a star-studded field.

Lewis, 29, could be the one to beat over the East Course after recording three wins and 14 top-10 finishes this year, while the American also ended Park In-bee’s 59-week reign at the top of the Rolex Rankings in late May.

 

“Everything is going fairly well at the moment,” Lewis said. “I’m pleased with my year so far and would like to finish strong. I always look forward to the Sime Darby LPGA tournament and it would be fun to play well in Malaysia.”

 

Pettersen, 33, has nine top-10 finishes this year and is also looking forward to returning to Kuala Lumpur, after finishing tied for third last year.

 

“It is such a good course and a great event which all the players enjoy,” Pettersen said. “I had my best finish last year, so I’ll be looking to build on that result. The conditions are always a factor so you’ve really got to stay focused with the hot weather and occasional breaks, but it’s a beautiful place to play golf. As always, I’m looking forward to returning to Malaysia.”

 

The in-form Ryu is also eager to tackle the East Course again after growing in confidence following her win in last month’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, which followed 27 top-10s since her previous LPGA victory in August 2012.

 

“I was so happy to get that win. I’d come close on a few occasions recently and not got the win so it was pretty special. I hope it sets me up for a good run as the tour moves on to Asia,” said Ryu, whose first LPGA title was the 2011 US Women’s Open.

 

“Obviously I feel more at home in Asia and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is always a favourite tournament. I got fifth place in my rookie year in 2012, so will look to go better than that this year.”

 

Kerr, 36, is a crowd favourite in Malaysia, where she’s widely recognised for her charitable work off the course. The former World No. 1 has shown fine form this season, boasting 11 top-10s including two runner-up finishes.

 

“I always look forward to the Sime Darby LPGA,” Kerr said. “It’s a fantastic tournament both inside the ropes as well as everything that the tournament does away from the golf course for breast cancer in Malaysia. It’s a great golf course and I am looking forward to playing well there this year.”

 

The 75-player field features of 63 LPGA Tour players, six Malaysian nationals and a further six sponsor exemptions.

 

For tickets, visit: www.ticketpro.com.my

 

Source: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com); Editing by SportAsia

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