News Release

KO, THOMPSON AND LEE CONFIRM FOR SIME DARBY LPGA MALAYSIA 2015

Kuala Lumpur, 22 July 2015 – The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia continued its reputation for

attracting the very best in the world today, following the announcement that three of the most

exciting golfers on tour will be coming to the Malaysian capital for the showpiece tournament

which tees off at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club from 8 – 11 October.


Current world no. 2* Lydia Ko of New Zealand, 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. The 18 year old recently lost her world no.1 ranking to Korean Inbee

Park but will be hoping that a good run on the Asian Swing 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 it for the first

time last year and while fortunate to start out strong early on, 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.”


A player with first hand experience of what it takes to win in Malaysia is American Lexi

Thompson. Champion here in 2013, the 20 year old from Florida took no time in confirming her

participation in the US$ 2 million purse event. The world no. 13 has enjoyed mixed fortunes on

tour this year with six top ten finishes to date, but is yet to repeat the form she showed at end of

2013 and into the first half of 2014. But a favourite among Malaysian golf fans, she is sure to

get plenty of support around KLGCC in October.


One of the most exciting prospects to join the LPGA Tour this year is 19-year-old Australian

Minjee Lee. After a stellar amateur career, Lee turned professional in September 2014 and

made headlines in May when she picked up her first LPGA Tour win at the Kingsmill Championship. With 4 top-ten finishes to her name and earnings of over US$ 500,000 in her

rookie year to date, Perth-born Lee has a very bright future ahead of her.


Looking ahead to her Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia debut, the world no. 18 said: “I’m looking

forward to coming to Malaysia. 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.”


The sixth edition of the US$ 2 million purse Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia will take place on the

East course of KLGCC from 8-11 October 2015. 75 players, made up of 63 players from the

LPGA tour, a minimum of five Malaysian Nationals and seven further sponsor exemptions, will

compete in the 72-hole stroke play, no cut tournament for one of the largest purse events in

Asia.


And with a host of activities planned for the week, including the KL Food Truck Festival’s golf

tournament debut, the Courtyard – where spectators can enjoy food, music and the opportunity

to meet the stars of the LPGA Tour – and a Kids Zone down by the swimming pool, there will

be no shortage of entertainment for everybody.


For all the latest updates, visit www.facebook.com/SimeDarbyLPGAMalaysia. Tournament

activities can also be followed on Twitter and Instagram @SimeDarbyLPGA,

#SimeDarbyLPGA, #WomenWithDrive.


* Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, 20 July 2015

-ENDS-


 

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-ofthe

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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