PLAYERS TO WATCH

 

StatiSticS

Average Driving Distance: 249.83 yards

Greens In Regulation (GIR): 76.69%

Putts Per GIR: 1.82

Scoring Average: 70.36

ShanShan FenG

Country China

Birthdate August 5, 1989

Birthplace Guangzhou, China

Height  5’ 7” 

LPGA Titles 4

Rolex World Ranking  7

Defending champion Shanshan made history in 2012 at the Wegmans LPGA Championship when she became the first Chinese golfer – male or female – to win a Major. In the 2014 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, she carded a closing 63 which included an eagle at the par-fi ve 16th to claim her fourth LPGA title by three shots from Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum.

One of the most popular players on tour due to her bubbly personality, Shanshan credits her success to her father Feng Xiong and coach Gary Gilchrist. Off the course, she enjoys playing computer games, shopping and hanging out with friends.

 
 

INBEE PARK

Country South Korea

Birthdate July 12, 1988

Birthplace Seoul, South Korea

Height 5’ 6” 

LPGA Titles 16

Rolex World Ranking 1

World No 1 Inbee is one of only four golfers to win three Majors in a calendar year, achieving the feat in 2013. Nicknamed the ‘Silent Assassin’ for her deadly putting prowess, she counts seven Majors among her 16 LPGA titles. Inbee won her third straight KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June to regain the World No 1 ranking from Lydia Ko. She also won this year’s Ricoh Women’s

British Open.

StatiSticS

Average Driving Distance: 248.29 yards

Greens In Regulation (GIR): 74.89%

Putts Per GIR: 1.75

Scoring Average: 69.44

 

INBEE PARK

Country South Korea

Birthdate July 12, 1988

Birthplace Seoul, South Korea

Height 5’ 6” 

LPGA Titles 16

Rolex World Ranking 1

World No 1 Inbee is one of only four golfers to win three Majors in a calendar year, achieving the feat in 2013. Nicknamed the ‘Silent Assassin’ for her deadly putting prowess, she counts seven Majors among her 16 LPGA titles. Inbee won her third straight KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June to regain the World No 1 ranking from Lydia Ko. She also won this year’s Ricoh Women’s  British Open.

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LYDIA KO

Country New Zealand

Birthdate April 24, 1997

Birthplace Seoul, South Korea

Height 5’ 5” 

LPGA Titles 8

Rolex World Ranking 2

Lydia may be only 18 years of age but the Kiwi sensation already has eight LPGA titles to her name. She achieved the World No 1 ranking in February 2014 at only 17 years of age, becoming the youngest golfer to do so.


Born in Seoul, Lydia moved to New Zealand with her family when she was six years old. She dominated amateur golf and won no less than four professional titles before joining the paid ranks in October 2013.

StatiSticS

Average Driving Distance: 250.03 yards

Greens In Regulation (GIR): 77.17%

Putts Per GIR: 1.76

Scoring Average: 69.53

 
 

LYIDA KO

Country New Zealand

Birthdate April 24, 1997

Birthplace Seoul, South Korea

Height 5’ 5” 

LPGA Titles 8

Rolex World Ranking 2

Lydia may be only 18 years of age but the Kiwi sensation already has eight LPGA titles to her name. She achieved the World No 1 ranking in February 2014 at only 17 years of age, becoming the youngest golfer to do so.


Born in Seoul, Lydia moved to New Zealand with her family when she was six years old. She dominated amateur golf and won no less than four professional titles before joining the paid ranks in October 2013.

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STACY LEWIS

Country USA

Birthdate February 16, 1985

Birthplace Toledo, Ohio

Height 5’ 5” 

LPGA Titles 11

Rolex World Ranking  3

A former World No 1, Stacy is known as one of the toughest competitors on tour. The gutsy American has claimed 11 LPGA titles including two Majors since turning professional in 2008.


Stacy had to wear a back brace for 7 1⁄2 years from age 11 to correct a spinal curvature from scoliosis, removing it only to play golf. She underwent corrective surgery during her high school senior year and took a one-year break, returning to join the University of Arkansas golf team.

StatiSticS

Average Driving Distance: 246.98 yards

Greens In Regulation (GIR): 74.44%

Putts Per GIR: 1.74

Scoring Average: 69.73

 
 

MINJEE LEE 

Country Australia

Birthdate May 27, 1996

Birthplace Perth, Australia

Height Uknown

LPGA Titles 1

Rolex World Ranking  13

Hailed as Australia’s great new hope, Minjee broke through for her first LPGA title in May at the Kingsmill Championship, which saw her overhaul compatriot Karrie Webb as the country’s top-ranked golfer. 


Minjee enjoyed a superb amateur career, winning the US Girls’ Junior in 2012, the Australian Women’s Amateur in 2013 and 2014 and a professional title in the 2014 Oates Victorian Open. She became the world’s top-ranked amateur in February last year, holding on to the position until she turned professional in September.

StatiSticS

Average Driving Distance: 290.96 yards 

Greens In Regulation (GIR): 72.15 %

Putts Per GIR: 1.80

Scoring Average: 70.85

 
 
 

MINJEE LEE 

Country Australia

Birthdate May 27, 1996

Birthplace Perth, Australia

Height Uknown

LPGA Titles 1

Rolex World Ranking X

Hailed as Australia’s great new hope, Minjee broke through for her first LPGA title in May at the Kingsmill Championship, which saw her overhaul compatriot Karrie Webb as the country’s top-ranked golfer. 


Minjee enjoyed a superb amateur career, winning the US Girls’ Junior in 2012, the Australian Women’s Amateur in 2013 and 2014 and a professional title in the 2014 Oates Victorian Open. She became the world’s top-ranked amateur in February last year, holding on to the position until she turned professional in September.

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LEXI THOMPSON

Country USA

Birthdate February 10, 1995

Birthplace Coral Springs, Florida

Height 6' 0"

LPGA Titles 4

Rolex World Ranking  4

Lexi is one of the most exciting players to watch with her incredible length off the tee and colourful outfits. She was a child prodigy as an amateur, becoming the youngest golfer to qualify for the US Women’s Open in 2007 at age 12 and finishing runner’s-up in the 2010 Evian Open while only 15.


Since turning professional in June 2010, Lexi has won four LPGA titles including the 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, one of the Majors of women’s golf.

StatiSticS

Average Driving Distance: 268.27 yards

Greens In Regulation (GIR): 76.03%

Putts Per GIR: 1.80

Scoring Average: 70.10

 
 

LEXI THOMPSON

Country USA

Birthdate February 10, 1995

Birthplace Coral Springs, Florida

Height 6' 0"

LPGA Titles 4

Rolex World Ranking XX

Lexi is one of the most exciting players to watch with her incredible length off the tee and colourful outfits. She was a child prodigy as an amateur, becoming the youngest golfer to qualify for the US Women’s Open in 2007 at age 12 and finishing runner’s-up in the 2010 Evian Open while only 15.


Since turning professional in June 2010, Lexi has won four LPGA titles including the 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, one of the Majors of women’s golf.

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Greens In Regulation (GIR): XX%

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Scoring Average: XX.XX

 
 

CHEYENNE WOODS

Country USA

Birthdate July 25, 1990

Birthplace Phoenix, Arizona

Height 5' 9"

LPGA Titles Nil

Rolex World Ranking  322

Best known as the niece of Tiger Woods, Cheyenne is looking to forge her own success in golf as she plays her rookie year on the LPGA Tour. 


Following a prolific amateur career, Cheyenne made her professional debut at the 2012 LPGA Championship and had her first professional win on the SunCoast Ladies Series mini-tour in August that year. Her second professional win came at the 2014 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Australia. She earned her LPGA Card with a T11 finish at last December’s final qualifying tournament.

StatiSticS

Average Driving Distance: 251.17 yards

Greens In Regulation (GIR): 64.94%

Putts Per GIR: 1.87

Scoring Average: 73.49

 
 

CHEYENNE WOODS

Country USA

Birthdate July 25, 1990

Birthplace Phoenix, Arizona

Height 5' 9"

LPGA Titles Nil

Rolex World Ranking XX

Best known as the niece of Tiger Woods, Cheyenne is looking to forge her own success in golf as she plays her rookie year on the LPGA Tour. 


Following a prolific amateur career, Cheyenne made her professional debut at the 2012 LPGA Championship and had her first professional win on the SunCoast Ladies Series mini-tour in August that year. Her second professional win came at the 2014 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Australia. She earned her LPGA Card with a T11 finish at last December’s final qualifying tournament.

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Greens In Regulation (GIR): XX%

Putts Per GIR: XX

Scoring Average: XX.XX

 

Leading the local change at KLGCC’s East Course are the country’s top three players – Kelly Tan, Michelle Koh and Ainil Johani, all graduates of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Development Programme.

 

KELLY TAN GUAT CHEN

Country Malaysia

Birthdate October 26, 1993

Birthplace Batu Pahat, Johor

Height 5' 3"     LPGA Titles Nil

Rolex World Ranking  210

 
 

Malaysia’s top-ranked golfer, Kelly is currently playing her second year on the LPGA Tour with her best result so far being a joint fourth finish in the 2014 Marathon Classic. After a stellar amateur career during which she won three Malaysian Ladies Amateur Opens, Kelly turned professional in December 2013 after finishing joint 13th in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

 
 

MICHELLE KOH

Country Malaysia

Birthdate September 30, 1990

Birthplace Kuantan, Pahang

Height 5' 7"     LPGA Titles Nil

Rolex World Ranking  334

 
 

Michelle showed her potential when she broke through for her first professional title in the CTBC Shanghai Ladies Classic on the China LPGA Tour in mid-June. Trailing by four going into the final round, Michelle carded a superb closing 66 to claim the title by two shots. She turned professional in early 2014 after playing college golf for Campbell University in the United States.

 
 

AINIL JOHANI ABU BAKAR

Country Malaysia

Birthdate November 2, 1989

Birthplace Sungai Buloh, Selangor

Height 5' 1"     Professional Titles 2013 Kenda Tires TPLGA Open

Rolex World Ranking  572

 
 

Pint-sized but stout-hearted, Ainil turned professional in 2010 and is one of the country’s most travelled golfers having played all over Asia and Europe. In July 2013, she claimed her first professional title in the Kenda Tires TLPGA Open in Taipei, carding a second round 65 en route to a two-shot win over local player Babe Liu.