Lewis gotup to world No. 1 in June, ending Park In-bee's 59-week reign. -AFP
KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Stacy Lewis is the latest star to have confirmed her participation in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia from Oct 9-12.
The other top-20 players who will be in action at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) are world No. 4 Suzann Pettersen of Norway, South Korea’s Ryu So-yeon (No. 5), Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist (No. 10) and Americans Christie Kerr (No. 11) and Jessica Korda (No. 19).
The fifth edition of the US$2mil (RM6.4mil) event will now boast a stellar line-up of eight top-20 players who have captured 11 LPGA victories between them this season.
Defending champion and world No. 7 Lexi Thompson of the United States and New Zealand teenage sensation Lydia Ko, the world No. 3, were among the first batch of players to have confirmed their participation last month.
Lewis, who ended Park In-bee’s 59-week reign as the world No. 1 in June, has been impressive this year, securing three wins and 14 top-10 finishes.
“Everything is going fairly well at the moment,” said the 29-year-old, who is a 13-time winner on the Tour.
“I always look forward to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and it would be fun to play well in Kuala Lumpur.”
Veteran Pettersen, who boasts career earnings of more than US$12mil (RM38.1mil), is also enjoying a fruitful year.
Having notched nine top-10 finishes so far this season, she will be looking to improve on her joint third placing in Kuala Lumpur last year.
“It is such a good course and a great event, which all the players enjoy. I had my best finish last year so I will be looking to build on that,” said the 33-year-old Norwegian.