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RED-HOT KORDA SIZZLES IN ROUND THREE OF SIME DARBY LPGA MALAYSIA

World No.3 Stacy Lewis, halfway leader Ha Na Jang hot in pursuit two shots back in second


 


Kuala Lumpur, 10 October 2015

American darling Jessica Korda fired a bogey-free third round of 65 to carve out a two-shot lead, at 12-under-par, going into tomorrow’s finale in the sixth edition of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

Bearing identical front nine scores with birdies on holes 1, 2, 6 and 7, Korda and countrywoman Stacy Lewis went on to slam two more birdies on the back nine at holes 12 and 14, and 10 and 17, respectively. However, Korda’s six-under start today on top of rounds of 67 and 69 on Thursday and Friday helped propel her to the top of the standings. The tournament’s halfway leader, Korea’s 23-year-old Ha Na Jang (67-65) managed an even-par 71 in round three, offsetting four birdies against two bogeys and an unfortunate double bogey at the par-three 15th, to finish tied in joint second place with Lewis.

“We had a lot fun out there. I played with Lydia (Ko) and Haru (Nomura) and just had a good time. I'm pretty sure people walking with us were wondering why we were cracking up so much on the golf course! I think for all of us the birdies were just rolling in, so you can't ever complain about a day like today,” laughed the 22-year-old Florida native.

Asked if she had changed her game recently, she added, “I changed swing coaches, I changed my approach a little bit to things. I think a lot of it just had to do with growing up as well. It's been such a long time and I'm so happy - I'm very pleased to be back on top of the leader board. I definitely wasn't expecting all my hard work to be paying off this quickly first week out in the Asian swing, but I'll take it wherever I can.” With only one top-10 finish to her name this year, Korda will be looking to notch her first win of the season.

Meanwhile, three players – World No. 2 Lydia Ko, defending champ Shanshan Feng and firstroundco-leader Xi Yu Lin, lurk one shot further back in joint fourth on nine-under-par, while the oriental quartet comprising Japan’s Mika Miyazato, Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng, and Koreans I.K. Kim, Amy Yang and World No.1 Inbee Park, occupy joint seventh, a further stroke adrift.

Commenting on the tight leader board with players snugly tied and separated by margins of only one shot between them, the current World No.3 Lewis said: “I don't know what it is about this tournament! Seems like every year it's a stacked leader board. You have a lot of good winners here. It's a golf course you got to hit good shots on, and that's what you see. And it is fun to have that many good players in the mix.”

On the national front, Kelly Tan remained the top-placed Malaysian on five-over-par (70-74-74) in joint 58th together with Chinese Taipei’s 20-year-old rookie Min Lee. The other four Malaysian Angels continue to hover in the 70s in the 75-player field, with Michelle Koh carding rounds of (77-75-77), Cindy Lee-Pridgen (74-80-79) and Nur Durriyah Damian (79-71-83) and Ainil Bakar (80-81-73) a shot further back.

Amidst all the on-course excitement today, players and spectators were seen donning splashes of varying shades of pink in solidarity for Pink Saturday, which highlights breast cancer awareness via the tournament’s charitable partner, Cancer Research Malaysia. In addition, offcourse activities such as the Konica Minolta Chip-4-Charity and the new Courtyard marquee saw plenty of action with streams of visitors enjoying the entertainment, while the KL Food Truck Festival, housing six of the capital’s faves, continuously rolled out delicious treats to hungry patrons.

With the on-course action hotting up and an announcement that the tournament will return in 2016 made earlier in the day, the scene is perfectly set for a thrilling Sunday.

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* According to the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, 5 October 2015

Tournament Title:

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015

 

Event Date:

8th October—11th October, 2015

 

Times:

Gates Open from 7.30am daily

 

Venue:

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, 10, Jalan 1/70D, Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Event Schedule:

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

8th October
9th October
10th October
11th October

1st round of Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
2nd round of Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
3rd round of Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
4th round of Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Official Ticket Agent:

Air Asia Red Tix

 

Ticket Hotline:

http://www.AirAsiaRedTix.com
Tel: + 603 - 2201 4893

 

Tournament Website:

 

Purchase Location:

All Red Tix Outlets
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Golf Country Club

 

Ticket Prices:

 

The Great Big Pink Ticket: Terms & Conditions

  • The following terms and conditions apply to The Great Big Pink Ticket promotion (‘the Promotion’) at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015 (‘the Tournament’).
  • Prize to consist of: 2 places at the Tournament official player cocktail reception at 7pm on Tuesday 6 October 2015; 2 places as a Tournament Honorary Observer enabling observers to follow one flight of golf from ‘inside the ropes’ during the tournament (flight to be mutually agreed between winner and Promoter); photo of the winners and the golfers pre-flight; one cap signed by an elite player; 6 Weekend Passes to the Tournament; Food vouchers for use at the Tournament equivalent to a total value of RM 100- .
  • The purchaser of all tickets purchased before 12am on 30 September 2015 will be invited by email to answer a knowledge based question regarding the Tournament. One correct answer will be picked at random from the correct respondents and shall be deemed the winner.
  • The Promoter or its agent will endeavor to contact the winner by email or telephone to inform him or her that they have won. If the Tournament Promoter or its agent does not receive a response within
    24 hours of trying to contact the winner, another winner will be drawn from the correct answers. This process will continue until a winner is confirmed.
  • The Promotion is not open to employees of the Sime Darby Organization, IMG or any other agent or third party directly associated with the tournament.
  • Tickets will be sent to winners upon confirmation.
  • Closing date is at 9pm, 30 September 2015.
  • Promoted by IMG Media [insert legal entity]. The Penthouse, Centerpoint South, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Promoter reserves the right to exchange all or any part of the prize at its absolute discretion.
  • Prize cannot be exchanged for cash and is non-transferable.
  • In the event of dispute, the decision of the Promoter is final.


 

About Sime Darby
Sime Darby is a Malaysia-based diversified multinational involved in key growth sectors, namely, plantations, industrial equipment, motors, property and energy & utilities. Founded in 1910, its business divisions seek to create positive benefits in the economy, environment and society where it has a presence.

With a workforce of over 100,000 employees in over 20 countries, Sime Darby is committed to building a sustainable future for all its stakeholders. It is one of the largest companies on Bursa Malaysia with a market capitalisation of RM57.87bn (USD18.18bn) as of 7 July 2014.

About Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club Berhad (“KLGCC”)
Originally opened in 1991, KLGCC, Malaysia’s premier golf and country club, is Sime Darby Property’s leading leisure facility. Both the West and East Courses were completely redesigned by renowned international golf course architect Parslow & Winter Golf Design and then re-opened in 2008 and 2010 respectively. The high quality of construction is synonymous with Sime Darby and incorporates state-of-the art technologies and impressive attention to detail. Since then, KLGCC has redefined superior service and excellence; its facilities and hospitality are one of the prides of the golfing industry.

Visit klgcc.com for more information. Like us on Facebook- Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club to gain insights on our latest happenings.

About CANCER RESEARCH MALAYSIA
Cancer Research Malaysia, formerly known as Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF), is the only non-profit cancer research laboratory dedicated to Malaysian cancer research. Cancer Research Malaysia's mission is to conduct impactful research that can lead to new ways to prevent, diagnose and
treat cancer; with the hope that such research will lead to saving lives. Cancer Research Malaysia was first established as CARIF by YM Tan Sri Dato Seri Tunku Ahmad Yahaya and YABhg Toh Puan Dato’ Seri Dr Aishah Ong in 2000 and officially launched by YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2002, concentrating first on oral cancer then expanding later to research programmes in breast, nasopharyngeal and ovarian cancers, and to natural products with anti-cancer properties. For more information, kindly visit www.cancerresearch.my

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga,and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 25 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; strategic partnerships with sponsors and brands; and marquee assets across sports, entertainment, events, music and fashion.


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