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Karrie Webb holds the current record of most wins for a player still active in the LPGA Tour - 39 in total. – AFP Photo
PETALING JAYA: World Golf Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb, who clinched third place at last year’s tournament, will return next month for another swing at glory at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
The Australian has been in good form recently, having claimed the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June, her first title in two years.
The world No. 7 heads five latest top international stars to be confirmed for the US$2mil (RM6.5mil) purse tournament which is on from Oct 10-13.
Webb also holds the current record of most wins for a player still active in the LPGA Tour - 39 in total.
“I am looking forward to returning to the Sime Darby LPGA.
“I played quite well last year, so I’m hoping to carry on the good form and enjoy another good week in Kuala Lumpur,” said the 38-year-old in a message released by the organisers.
Also joining the stellar field, which includes defending champion and world No. 1 Park In-bee of South Korea, are Scotland’s Catriona Matthew (No. 10), Taiwan’s Yani Tseng (No. 19), Chie Arimura (No. 46) from Japan and Michelle Wie (No. 86) of the United States.
Crowd favourite Wie, 23, who is the youngest player ever to qualify for a United States Golf Association amateur championship at the age of 10, revealed: “I’ve always enjoyed going to Malaysia – I get a lot of energy from the crowd because they are so welcoming and supportive.
“I’ve been working on my game a lot this year and have made some improvements so I hope this year I can give fans something to cheer about.”
Another favourite, 24-year-old Taiwanese player Yani Tseng, the youngest player ever to win five major championships and ranked No. 1 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings for 109 consecutive weeks from 2011 to 2013, said: “Being Taiwanese, I love playing in Asian countries because it reminds me of home.
“And it’s no different for the Sime Darby LPGA – I only have good memories of Malaysia.
“I’ve been practising a lot, and I hope I’ll be able to hit more birdies out there, and get a good challenge from the course. I’m looking forward to seeing the fans in Malaysia and can usually count on some pretty good support for the four days of tournament.”
The tournament’s fourth edition will see an impressive field of 72 players participating in the 72-hole stroke play tournament with no cut.
The field comprises the top 62 players from the LPGA Tour and 10 sponsor invites, including Malaysians Cindy Lee-Pridgen and Michelle Koh who won their invites at the local and regional qualifying tournament earlier this month.
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