Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Lydia Ko is relishing the prospect of a return to the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club [KLGCC], a Golf Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
The Korean-born New Zealander, who broke a host of records in her ascendancy to the top of the game last year, will be looking to improve on her tied-eighth place finish on the East Course last year when she lines up in the US$2 million Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia from October 8-11.
The 18-year-old recently lost her world number one ranking to Korean Park In-bee but will be hoping that a good run of results will see her reclaim the top spot before the year-end.
Speaking about her return to Malaysia, Ko said: “It’s a great tournament! I played in it for the first time last year and was fortunate to start out strong. [But] somehow I couldn’t quite keep it going through the weekend. But I really enjoy the course so I’m looking forward to returning this year.
“The fan support for all of us players out on the course is amazing. I’m sure it’ll be another great tournament for everyone.”
Also confirming their participation at the award-winning Malaysian club will be former champion Lexi Thompson of America and 19-year-old Australian Minjee Lee.
Victorious at KLGCC in 2013, 20-year-old Thompson is currently ranked 13th in the world and has had a season of mixed fortunes, highlighted by six top-10 finishes.
After a stellar amateur career, Lee turned professional last September and made headlines in May when she picked up her first LPGA Tour win at the Kingsmill Championship.
In her rookie year on Tour, Lee has posted four top-10 finishes and earned more than US$500,000.
Looking ahead to her Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia debut, the world number 18 said: “I’ve had a great first year on Tour so far and managed to get my first win so it’s been a pretty amazing start. Right now I’m just trying to get as much experience as possible.
“The return to Asia in a few months should be exciting and a bit closer to home for me. I’ve never actually played in Malaysia but I’ve heard great things about the tournament so I’m looking forward to it.”