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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About Yayasan Sime Darby or Sime Darby Foundation

Yayasan Sime Darby, or Sime Darby Foundation, was established in 1982 and is the primary driver of Sime Darby Berhad’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

The objectives of Yayasan Sime Darby are supported by its five pillars, namely: community and health; education; youth and sports; arts and culture; environment. While led by independent members of a Governing Council and managed by a dedicated team, Yayasan Sime Darby works closely with the Sime Darby Group, in areas of mutual interest.

Since its inception, Yayasan Sime Darby has awarded scholarships worth RM230 million to 2,894 students both in and outside Malaysia. It is supporting long term research projects of significant scientific value like the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project which is the world’s largest ecological project, a joint effort with the Royal Society (The UK and Commonwealth Academy of Science). Yayasan Sime Darby is also actively involved in the development and improvements of sports in Malaysia namely track cycling, lawn bowling, cricket, tennis and golf. Under its community & health pillar, Yayasan Sime Darby supports initiatives to promote the well-being of disadvantaged people irrespective of race, culture, religion, creed or gender and works with established organisations to promote the development of arts & culture.

About TPC Kuala Lumpur

Formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, TPC Kuala Lumpur is a 36-hole tournament-standard course strategically located in the lush landscape of Bukit Kiara, just eight kilometres from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Its proprietor Sime Darby Property; designed the club as an elegant and relaxing golf haven surrounded by natural beauty.

TPC Kuala Lumpur defines new standards in golf and country clubs with its superior service, excellent facilities and warm hospitality. The high quality of construction is synonymous with Sime Darby Property and incorporates state-of-the art technologies with impressive attention to detail. Visit TPCKL.com for more information. Like us on Facebook – TPC Kuala Lumpur to gain insights on our latest happenings.

About the TPC Network

Owned, operated, and licensed by the PGA TOUR, the TPC Network is comprised of 34 premier private, resort and daily fee golf properties designed by some of golf’s most elite architects. Twenty of the clubs are operated by affiliates of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties, Inc. Each TPC has hosted or has been designed to host TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments. Since TPC Sawgrass first opened its world renowned PLAYERS Stadium Course in the fall of 1980, TPCs have provided the PGA TOUR with rent-free venues for tournaments, helping to boost championship golf purses and increasing charitable donations to grass roots non-profit organizations. At the same time, TPCs have provided recreational golfers with the unique opportunity to test their skills on the same layouts where the world’s best golfers compete.

TPCs are known for their outstanding conditioning and amenities, as well as a commitment to environmental excellence. The TPC Network is also distinguished by its unwavering commitment to further the PGA TOUR’s “Together, anything’s possible” giving back mission through support of charitable and community-based programs. For more information, please visit www.tpc.com. For the most up-to-date news, follow the TPC Network on Twitter (@PlayTPC), Instagram (@PlayTPC) or www.facebook.com/TPCNetwork

About Cancer Research Malaysia

Cancer Research Malaysia (CRM) is an independent, non-profit cancer research organisation in Malaysia. Dedicated to bringing scientific advancement to cancer patients, CRM leads the fight to reverse cancer and conducts impactful research to identify better ways to prevent, diagnose, detect and cure cancer for Malaysians. CRM is committed to ensuring that at least 90% of funds received are spent on research and works closely with top scientists and clinicians both locally and internationally.  CRM connects with the world through its website www.cancerresearch.my and www.facebook.com/cancerresearchmalaysia.

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, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.

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