(L-R) Natasha Oon, Kelly Tan, Shan Shan Feng, So Yeon Ryu and Anna Nordqvist
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 OCTOBER 2017 – The world’s best female golfers assembled at TPC Kuala Lumpur today, ahead of the 8th edition of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, which tees off on the East Course of TPC Kuala Lumpur this Thursday.
For four days, 78 players representing 22 different nations will vie for title honours and a share of the US$ 1.8 million purse in the tournament frequently referred to as Malaysia’s most fun golf event.
Leading the field will be the number one ranked golfer in the world, So Yeon Ryu. The 27-year-old Korean has enjoyed a phenomenal year on tour, claiming 12 top-10 finishes, including two wins, which have seen her power her way to the top spot – a position she has held for the last 18 weeks.
Speaking at the official press conference to launch this year’s tournament, Ryu said: “I love this tournament. I have so many reasons why I love this tournament. First of all, we have the wonderful hospitality and we play a really nice golf course and we support cancer research here.
“Also, it’s really great to see this tournament always supporting their local girls really well. I remember when I first met Natasha, I met her at the par 3, during the Pro-Am, and she was being supported in junior golf and now she’s going to play in this tournament and I’m going to play with her. This is really, really special.”
Defending champion Shanshan Feng returns to the course that has seen her finish in either the top or runner-up spot for the last four years. The world no. 6 from China, who will be looking to make it three wins in four years, said: “Coming back here reminds me of a lot of good memories, and I really like coming back to Malaysia. I love the food. I love the course. Of course, the weather, too, I don’t mind. I play well here every year, so I love it.
“There are a lot of people speaking Chinese here, so I feel like I’m at home, and a lot of people actually are supporting me. So, I feel very comfortable coming back, and of course, this year, I’m coming back to pick up my membership card,” she joked.
(L-R) Mike Wahn, Natasha Oon, Kelly Tan ,Shan Shan Feng, Tun Musa Hitam, So Yeon Ryu and Anna Nordqvist