SWEET VICTORY FOR KORDA AT SIME DARBY LPGA MALAYSIA 2015

American upstages 75-player field by four shots; Trio of Ko, Feng and Lewis take joint second

 


Kuala Lumpur, 11 October 2015

Jessica Korda’s closing six-under-par 65 at today’s final round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, played on Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club’s East Course, finally delivered the American her long-awaited win after more than a yearlong title drought.

The 22-year-old started her finale on 12-under-par and maintained her lead over the chasing pack, firing four birdies on the front nine and three on the back with a bogey on the par-4 11th to amass a four-day total of 18-under-par 266 (69-67-65-65) and receive the winner’s cheque of US$ 300,000. Coming in four shots back at 14-under-par, in a three-way tie for second, was the daunting trio comprising World No.2 Lydia Ko (71-65-68-66), defending champion and World No. 7 Shanshan Feng (66-69-69-66) and World No.3 Stacy Lewis (72-66-65-67).

“I knew that I was getting really close and just needed to stay patient. That's all my caddie was telling me. He was on me all week about staying patient [and] that the putts will fall. So it's just an incredible feeling,” expressed an elated Korda, who credited her caddie Kyle Bradley as her biggest support and critic on-course.

Speaking about changes to her attitude and game following the appointment of a new coach in the form of David Whelan, Korda said: “I know I was weirdly calm today. I knew what I needed to do. I needed to take care of myself. If somebody was going to make a hot start, that's just the way it was going to be. I was going to continue playing my game.“

With only one top-10 finish to her name this year, coming joint-second at the January-played COATES Golf Championship, the emotionally-charged, hard-fought victory sees Korda notching her first win since May 2014 and join the tournament’s honour roll as its sixth champion, and second American after Lexi Thompson (2013). Other former winners include China’s Feng (2014) and Koreans Inbee Park (2012), Na Yeon Choi (2011), and Jimin Kang (2010).

Flaunting a bogey-free round, defending champ 26-year-old Feng who’s had a great run on the East Course with a runner-up finish in 2013, followed by an emphatic win in 2014 and this year’s joint-second spot, said: “I wasn’t really looking at the leader board, but I kind of knew that somebody was way ahead because usually if you’re leading, the crowds will be a little different. They’ll be like ‘Shanshan, go for the win!’, but nobody said that so I knew somebody was playing well. My goal today was to get to 15-under and I got to 14. I think I played very well.”

Malaysia’s highest-ranked player Kelly Tan remained the best-placed local throughout the tournament, finishing on five-over-par 289 (70-74-74-71) for a solo 61st spot. It truly wasn’t the best performance on the national front with the four remaining local players in the field all finishing in the 70s with Michelle Koh on 301 (77-75-77-72), Cindy Lee-Pridgen on 308 (74-80-79-75), Nur Durriyah Damian on 310 (79-71-83-77) and Ainil Bakar on 315 (80-81-73-81).

“I had a great start today. Birdied my first hole – the 10th, and got the momentum going. Just didn't hole as many putts as I would like to, to get the round going. But it's still a great round. I've made a lot of good par saves today too. But overall, I know I could have done a lot better,” said Tan, who turns 22 next week.

Meanwhile, it was a double celebration of sorts for the Americans with Sydnee Michaels chalking up the biggest move of the day - from a six-over start to a seven-under-par 64 at the end of play, and Morgan Pressel slamming the tournament’s only hole-in-one at the 172m, par-3 17th.

Speaking at the close of the tournament, Steven Thielke, Chairman of the Tournament Committee said, “Our congratulations to Jessica on a well-played tournament and a great win. She has played some excellent golf over four days and closed out the tournament in very impressive style. We wish her well for the rest of the tour and look forward to seeing her back at KLGCC next year.”

“On behalf of Sime Darby and KLGCC I would like to extend my thanks to all the players and spectators for making the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2015 such a successful event. We have witnessed world-class golf on course and some great entertainment off it. We look forward to seeing the tournament return in 2016.”

Speaking on behalf of the tournament promoter, Grant Slack, Senior Vice President of IMG Golf, added, “The sixth edition of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia has, once again, provided four days of first-class entertainment for everybody that has made their way to KLGCC. We congratulate Jessica on a very well deserved win. Faced with extremely stiff competition, she showed the characteristics of a true champion.”

“I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Sime Darby for their continued support of this tournament, as well as all the tournament sponsors and event partners. Once again the bar has been raised and we look forward to returning next year.”

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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:

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Purchase Location:

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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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