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World-Beaters Ko and Henderson set for showdown at Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

LPGA superstars Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson confirm attendance at showpiece event in October.

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 September 2016

Two of the LPGA’s best golfers, Lydia Ko of New Zealand, and Canada’s Brooke Henderson, are set for a showdown at TPC Kuala Lumpur next month, as the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia once again demonstrates its reputation for attracting the best in the game.

Ko is no stranger to the Malaysian capital, having participated in the previous two editions of the showpiece tournament. The current world no. 1* has made steady progress over the past two years in Kuala Lumpur, finishing eighth in 2014 and narrowly missing out on the title last year as she finished tied second behind Jessica Korda.

2016 has been productive for the 19-year-old so far, with staggering tournament winnings this year of over US$2 million to date. She also wrote herself into the history books, winning a silver medal in the Rio Olympics as women’s golf returned to the Games for the first time in 116 years.

Speaking about her return to TPC Kuala Lumpur, Ko said: “It’s a thrill for me to return to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. I really enjoy the golf course and the support from the fans in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a fantastic event and I hope to improve upon last year’s second place finish this fall.”

The sentiment is shared by Henderson, who will be making her Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia debut this year.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a similarly stellar year thus far, picking up her first major win at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The current world no. 3* had a dream tournament in Washington as she kicked off the week with a hole-in-one and edged out eventual runner-up Ko in a hard fought contest.

Henderson’s ascension has been nothing short of remarkable, with her tournament earnings this year amounting to over US$1.3 million.

Talking about her tournament debut in Kuala Lumpur, Henderson said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Kuala Lumpur to play in this year’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. It’s going to be my first time around the course, so I’ll definitely need to take some time to familiarise myself with the surroundings. Aside from that, I’ve always been hearing loads of positive things about the tournament. There’s great food, good music, and plenty of activities off the green, so I’m excited about experiencing the event myself.”

Speaking about the confirmed attendance of the two star golfers, Steven Thielke, Chairman of Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Tournament Committee and Chief Executive Officer of TPC Kuala Lumpur, said, “We’re delighted to announce the participation of Lydia and Brooke. They are, of course, two of the world’s very best and their spectacular results this year speak for themselves. The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia prides itself on being a world-class tournament that attracts the best golfers in the world ever year, and we look forward to welcoming them for what will be a very exciting competition at the end of October.”

The seventh edition of the US$ 1.8 million purse Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia will take place on the East course at TPC Kuala Lumpur from 27 - 30 October 2016. 78 players, made up of 64 players from the LPGA tour and fourteen sponsor exemptions will compete in the 72-hole stroke play, no cut tournament.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia will benefit from the newly branded Tournament Players Club Kuala Lumpur (TPC Kuala Lumpur) this year as it sets another milestone for the golf club with its successful acquisition of the licensing rights as Southeast Asia’s first golf facility to join the PGA TOUR’s prestigious Tournament Players Club (TPC) Network.

For all the latest updates, visit the tournament website at www.simedarbylpgamalaysia.com. Tournament activities can also be followed on www.facebook.com/SimeDarbyLPGAMalaysia, or via Twitter and Instagram using @SimeDarbyLPGA, #SimeDarbyLPGA, #WomenWithDrive.

*According to Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, 29 August 2016

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Tournament Title:

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2016

 

Event Date:

27th October—30th October, 2016

 

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

27th October
28th October
29th October
30th 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

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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 132,000 employees in 26 countries and 4 territories, 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 RM43.62 billion (USD10.82 billion) as at 16 May 2016.

About Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC)

Originally opened in 1991, KLGCC is Sime Darby Property’s leading leisure facility. Both the West and East Courses were redesigned by renowned international golf course architect E & G Parslow 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.

In addition to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, KLGCC is home to the internationally renowned Maybank Malaysian Open and CIMB Classic.

Sime Darby Property is Malaysia's leading property developer with a successful track record of developing townships of sustainable communities. As a leading integrated property group, its core businesses are Property Development and Property Investment. In addition to Malaysia, it has a global reach in Singapore, Vietnam, Australia and United Kingdom. For more information on Sime Darby Property and KLGCC, visit www.simedarbyproperty.com and www.klgcc.com.

About CANCER RESEARCH MALAYSIA

Cancer Research Malaysia 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 from this terrible disease. Cancer Research Malaysia was established 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.