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Round 4 - Cristie Kerr wins Sime Darby

October 29, 2017 Embed from Getty Images

Cristie Kerr has won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia sinking a 30-foot birdie on the last hole to finish her week at 15-under 269. This is her twentieth victory in her twentieth year on Tour and her second this year.

"It was meant to be," said Kerr about the putt on 18. "What a way to win. I always said I wanted to get a win in my 40's and I got it pretty quick."

Kerr is the 27th player in Tour history to record twenty career wins and the first player over 40 to win since Catriona Matthew won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at 42 in 2011. Kerr now has 22 points towards induction into the LPGA Tour Hall-of-Fame, just five short of qualification.

"To do what I do for a living is amazing," said Kerr. "This tournament is a beacon for women's health and raising awareness for breast cancer is near and dear to my heart. I'm so proud to be the champion of this tournament."

Kerr had to fight for her victory, after a birdie on 2 that increased her lead over Shanshan Feng to two she hit her tee shot on 7 into a hazard and had to retake it ending up with a double-bogey while Feng sank a par putt to tie for the lead at 14-under.

Nelly Korda, Jacqui Concolino and In Gee Chun were also all in contention before Kerr and Feng started the back nine.

Feng and Kerr went back and forth with Feng scoring her first bogey of the tournament and Kerr regaining a two-shot lead. Concolino got within one shot with back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12.

Kerr found the bunker on 15th and missed a par putt to drop down to 14-under, Concolino sank a 15-foot putt on 17 to move to 14-under and a share of the lead then Kerr birdied on 16 to get back to 15-under but a bogey on 17 dropped her back down to 14-under.

Concolino parred the 18th for a share of the lead while Feng birdied on 16 and 17 to join Kerr and Concolino. Danielle Kang joined them with an eagle and three birdies on the back nine.

A playoff looked likely when Kerr sank her 30-foot birdie putt to get back to 15-under and win the tournament.

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 Cristie Kerr 70 - 63 - 65 - 71 269 -15 $270,000.00
2T Danielle Kang 68 - 67 - 69 - 66 270 -14 $127,016.00
2T Jacqui Concolino 68 - 68 - 67 - 67 270 -14 $127,016.00
2T Shanshan Feng 66 - 65 - 68 - 71 270 -14 $127,016.00

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Kerr still can't believe that putt

Through the entire media whirlwind that follows Cristie Kerr’s dramatic win, she kept going back to one moment – that putt.

For a woman long known for her putting prowess, Kerr’s 36-footer for birdie to win the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia was perhaps one of the most dramatic moments in her spectacular 20-year career.

“When I hit it, I could just tell it was going in,” said Kerr, who moved into fifth in the Race to the CME Globe standing with her win. “I could just tell it was going in. It was the most amazing thing. Like it was perfect speed; if it missed, it was going to be two feet by. It was right in the center never even thought about missing.”

While waiting for photographers to line up for her post-tournament photo obligations at No. 18, Kerr paced off the putt again, just to make sure it was for real. She and caddie Brady Stockton continually marveled at the brilliance of that moment.

“I knew it was going to be like a five-way playoff,” said Kerr, who knew exactly where she stood thanks to the monsterboard adjacent to the 18th green. “I was just like, got to do it. Got to do it. I was just, the only thing I could control was trusting my line and hitting the putt with the speed to make it, and I did it.”

Making the day even better was the fact that Kerr, a long-time breast-cancer awareness advocate, won an event that is so inextricably linked to Cancer Research Malaysia.

“I love the work that they do and I’ve supported the charity forever,” said Kerr. “I haven’t been here in a few years due to scheduling. But you know, going to see the hospital center and what they do and how much money they spend on women and families getting more awareness to this disease is pretty unbelievable. I’m going to be making a donation. I haven’t wrapped my head around how much yet because this has been so crazy since the last putt, but we’ll be making a donation to the charity.”

Feng continues amazing Darby run

With her second-place showing this week, Shanshan Feng continued her amazing run of success at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. With her wins in 2014 and 2016 to go with her runner-up finishes in 2013, 2015 and 2017, Feng is undoubtedly the queen of TPC Kuala Lumpur.

“I think second is still not a bad finish here, and I’m still keeping my record pretty good here in Malaysia,” said Feng, who joked pre-tournament that she wanted a membership card to the lovely Malaysian layout. “So it goes 2-1-2-1-2; I’ll come back next year and see if I can keep it up.”

Oh so close for Concolino

Jacqui Concolino watched Cristie Kerr make her winning birdie from the practice putting green, where she and Danielle Kang were waiting for a potential playoff. Minutes earlier, Concolino lipped out a 10-footer of her own that would have pushed her into the lead with Kerr looking at bogey on 17.

“I’m obviously excited to be in the position I was,” said Concolino, who earned a career-best runner-up finish, tied with Danielle Kang and Shanshan Feng. “Cristie making the putt on the last hole is kind of inevitable I guess. It was a great experience this week. Absolutely loved every second of it.”

Quick hits

Cristie Kerr was playing in her fifth Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and first since 2013; her best finish was eighth in 2010

Shanshan Feng is one of the nine players to have played in all seven previous Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia events; she is the 2014 and 2016 champion, and was runner-up in 2013 and 2015

Danielle Kang was playing in her sixth Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; her best previous finish was T7 in 2016

Jacqui Concolino was playing in her second Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; she finished 70th in 2013

Play was suspended at 12:38 p.m. due to dangerous conditions and resumed at 1:46 p.m.

Ashleigh Buhai withdrew during the round, citing a foot injury

Round 3 - Cristie Kerr edges ahead of Feng in Malaysia

October 28, 2017 Embed from Getty Images

Cristie Kerr has taken the lead in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, rolling in a 12-foot birdie on the 9th. Kerr only scored four birdies in round 1 but made nine on Friday and seven on Saturday to get to 15-under, one shot ahead of overnight leader Shanshan Feng.

"I found a feel in my swing yesterday and it has made a big difference," said Kerr. "I made some big par saves on the back. I definitely hit it better and when I give my putter chances, usually I do okay with that. So it's been fun the last couple days. "

Jacqui Concolino shot a sub-30 nine-holes on a par 35, only the second player in 2017 to do so following Jennifer Ha who shot 29 at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

“This is the first time shooting 29, obviously something I will never forget,” said Concolino. “I feel really comfortable on Bermuda (grass). I've been having fun. I have good vibes here that started from the pro-am party when me, Jane (Park) and Mo (Martin) had a great time dancing and learning to DJ.”

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Cristie Kerr
-15
70
63
65
198
2
Shanshan Feng
-14
66
65
68
199
3
Sei Young Kim
-11
69
65
68
202
T4
Stacy Lewis
-10
71
66
66
203
T4
Jacqui Concolino
-10
68
68
67
203
T6
Sarah Jane Smith
-9
74
65
65
204
T6
Sung Hyun Park
-9
68
69
67
204
T6
Danielle Kang
-9
68
67
69
204
T9
So Yeon Ryu
-8
72
67
66
205
T9
Carlota Ciganda
-8
70
66
69
205
T9
Madelene Sagstrom
-8
66
66
73
205

Pink Saturday feels just fine to Kerr

Since the inception of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in 2010, the tournament has partnered with Cancer Research Malaysia in raising awareness for breast cancer detection and prevention. On today’s “Pink Saturday,” where players and fans were encouraged to wear pink in support of these endeavors, perhaps it is only fitting that Cristie Kerr, a long-time crusader for breast cancer awareness, ended the day at the top of the leaderboard.

“The average size of a tumor in America is the size of your pinky nail. Here it’s the size of a fist,” said Kerr, who runs the Birdies for Breast Cancer organization. “Getting the message out into the community that early detection is the key is really huge. So this is a beacon for women’s health, this tournament.”

Kerr already has one victory under her belt in 2017 and nine other top-10 finishes. With 19 LPGA Tour victories to her name, the 20-year veteran knows exactly what she needs to do heading into tomorrow’s final round.

“I didn’t hit it great coming in on the back but I didn’t stress about it,” said Kerr, who won the LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey in April. “I just tried to do the best I could. That’s where I play my best golf from; I try to do the best on every shot, so that’s my mantra tomorrow.”

Uncharted territory for Smith

For 11-year LPGA pro Sarah Jane Smith, it was a different, yet welcome, route to her first tee shot today at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

“I was actually joking with my husband this morning, it was my first time ever teeing off 1,” said Smith, who finished T49 in 2014 and T58 in 2016. “I haven’t had a lot of success here in the past, but I love it. I love this golf course.

In her decade-plus on the LPGA Tour, Smith has yet to crack the winner’s circle and has but three top-three finishes to her name. But the native Australian, who travels the world with husband Duane on the bag, sees potential in her game as she heads into tomorrow’s final round.

“My swing is finally starting to feel a little more in control, said Smith, who will play in Sunday’s penultimate group with Stacy Lewis and Jacqui Concolino, again off the first tee. “I get so fast, so to be able to slow it down has made things a lot easier. It was tough in the beginning but it’s starting to feel more comfortable.”

Quick hits

Cristie Kerr is playing in her fifth Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and first since 2013; her best finish was eighth in 2010

Shanshan Feng is one of the nine players to have played in all seven previous Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia events; she is the 2014 and 2016 champion, and was runner-up in 2013 and 2015

Sei Young Kim is playing in her second Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, she finished 51st in 2015

Stacy Lewis is one of the nine players to have played in all seven previous Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia events; she tied for second in 2015

Jacqui Concolino is playing in her second Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; she finished 70th in 2013

Round 2 - Shanshan Feng poised to defend title

October 27, 2017 Embed from Getty Images

On a day disrupted by heavy storms, defending champion Shanshan Feng is heading into the weekend with a one-stroke lead after playing a second round 65 to get to 11-under. She has had no bogeys so far in the tournament.

"I think overall today was a very good round," said Feng. "I didn't have as many birdie chances as yesterday, but I think I actually made more putts so that made me very happy."

Madelene Sagstrom lies just one stroke behind Feng with a round of 66 that included six birdies between the 6th and 14th holes.

"I had a really good run for it after the rain delay and I was really excited to get some good shots back," said Sagstrom, a 3-time Symetra Tour winner in 2016. "I started rolling the putter really well. I'm just enjoying it out here.  I'm not trying to focus on the leaderboard at the moment. I'm just trying to go out and play good golf and have fun."

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Shanshan Feng
-11
66
65
131
2
Madelene Sagstrom
-10
66
66
132
3
Cristie Kerr
-9
70
63
133
4
Sei Young Kim
-8
69
65
134
5
Danielle Kang
-7
68
67
135
T6
Carlota Ciganda
-6
70
66
136
T6
Brittany Lincicome
-6
69
67
136
T6
Jacqui Concolino
-6
68
68
136
T6
Nelly Korda
-6
68
68
136
T6
Gaby Lopez
-6
68
68
136
T6
Suzann Pettersen
-6
67
69
136
T6
Candie Kung
-6
67
69
136
T6
Su Oh
-6
65
71
136
T6
Lydia Ko
-6
64
72
136

Sagstrom learning from veteran Feng

Anybody who follows the LPGA knows that Shanshan Feng has one of the biggest personalities on Tour. So when rookie Madelene Sagstrom played with her in the final group on Friday, she truly enjoyed learning from one of the best how to enjoy yourself on the golf course.

“Every opportunity I get to play in the last groups, it’s just awesome because I keep learning and keep building,” said Sagstrom, who will again play in the final group with Feng on Saturday, this time along with Cristie Kerr. “Playing with Shanshan is awesome because she’s so relaxed. It’s just awesome to watch.”

Kim remains optimistic despite penalty

The smile on Sei Young Kim’s face belied the unfortunate penalty at No. 17 which cost her two strokes and her spot at the top of the leaderboard. With her ball in a bunker off the tee and at 10-under for the tournament, Kim removed a leaf from the bunker, an infraction of Rule 13-4.

“That’s fine. We have two more rounds,” said Kim, ever the optimist.

While she sits four strokes behind 36-hole leader Shanshan Feng, Kim is comfortable with her ball-striking and feels that a weekend charge is well within her grasp.

“I’ll just focus on what I have to do,” said Kim, who won the 2017 Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play. “That was key today. So I’ll keep going, whatever happens come to me, and I just focus and trust myself.”

Quick hits

• Shanshan Feng is one of the nine players to have played in all seven previous Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia events; she is the 2014 and 2016 champion, and was runner-up in 2013 and 2015
• Madelene Sagstrom is playing in her first Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
• Sagstrom’s 36-hole score of 132 is her career best, bettering the 135s she returned at the 2017 McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open (where she finished T8) and the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic (where she finished T4)
• Cristie Kerr is playing in her fifth Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and first since 2013; her best finish was eighth in 2010
• Kerr’s second-round 63 is tied for the third-lowest round of her LPGA career and second-lowest round of 2017
• Sei Young Kim is playing in her second Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, she finished 51st in 2015
• Play was suspended at 11:10 a.m. due to dangerous conditions and resumed at 3 p.m.

Round 1 - Ko takes lead with best R1 score all year

October 26, 2017 Embed from Getty Images

Lydia Ko played a 7-under 64 in the opening round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia to take the lead and made birdie on three par-3 holes.

"It's always nice to make birdies on par 3's [...]Birdies on any holes, you take it. I feel like 17 is kind of a lucky one. It was a really solid day for me, so I'll take my 64."

Su Oh came in one shot behind at 6-under with defending champion Shanshan Feng, Madelen Sagstrom and Eun-Hee Ji one shot further back at 5-under.

Ko came second at last week's Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship, has had three top-10 finishes since September and ten in total this year but is still looking for her first win of the season. This round 1 64 was her best opening-round score of the year so far.

"I was making putts today," said Ko. "If you're not striking the ball very well, but you're able to make putts when you get birdie opportunities or to make those crucial par putts, those are going to be the three-or four-shot swings.  To me, it's really about confidence and momentum, where if I see some going in the right direction."

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Lydia Ko
-7
64
2
Su Oh
-6
65
T3
Shanshan Feng
-5
66
T3
Madelene Sagstrom
-5
66
T3
Eun-Hee Ji
-5
66
T6
Candie Kung
-4
67
T6
Suzann Pettersen
-4
67
T8
Gaby Lopez
-3
68
T8
Sung Hyun Park
-3
68
T8
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
68
T8
Minjee Lee
-3
68
T8
Danielle Kang
-3
68
T8
Jacqui Concolino
-3
68
T8
Nelly Korda
-3
68

Goals met for rookie Sagstrom

Without a doubt, Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom is having a rookie season to remember. The 24-year-old, who attended Louisiana State University, reached the big leagues after taking three Symetra Tour victories in 2016 and setting a single-season earnings record. Now in her first year on the LPGA Tour, she competed in four of the season’s five majors and even earned one of Captain Annika Sorenstam’s coveted picks to join the European Solheim Cup Team.

Sagstrom makes her Malaysian debut fresh off a career-best finish of T4 at last week’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Her big smile when she talked about her season was indicative of just what a great time she’s having right now, living her absolute dream.

“I think I put a little bit too much pressure on myself throughout the year, and right now I’m at the point where I’ve achieved all my goals for the season,” said Sagstrom, who is teeing it up for the last time before November’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. “I’m kind of relaxed and I can just go out and play my game and have fun and I’m trusting my swing. Just playing out here, it’s amazing.”

Feng not quite happy, but still in usual Malaysian contention

It’s no secret that Shanshan Feng is the master of TPC Kuala Lumpur. With victories in 2014 and 2016 to go with runner-up finishes in 2013 and 2015, Feng is undoubtedly the one to beat this week. So it’s more than a little scary that after her first-round 66, she thinks she actually left some shots on the golf course.=

“I left myself so many birdie chances,” said Feng, who carded a bogey-free round on Thursday. “I actually missed a couple out there. I think that’s a good thing to do. I think that means maybe I can still make more on the weekend. I think it’s a good start.”

Ji still riding high off Swinging Skirts victory

When Eun-Hee Ji captured last week’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship, it had been more than eight years since her last victory. Fast forward four days and move some 2,000 miles southwest, and she’s right back in contention.

“The players still talk to me a lot. I’m still excited,” said Ji with a big smile on her face.

With the big win still fresh on her mind, Ji carded seven birdies to two bogeys on Thursday, and pointed to her many appearances in this tournament as something that certainly helped with today’s successful round.

“I played here quite a long time.” said Ji, who is one of nine players in this week’s field to have competed in every tournament at TPC Kuala Lumpur. “I know this golf course. I know what I need to do. So just little more comfortable.”

Quick hits

Lydia Ko is playing in her fourth Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, and she has never finished worse than 12th (T12, 2016; T2, 2015; T8, 2014)

Su Oh and Madelene Sagstrom are making their debuts in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Eun-Hee Ji and Shanshan Feng are two of the nine players to have played in all seven previous Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia events; Ji’s best finish was T15 in 2015, while Feng is the 2016 and 2016 champion

Sagstrom’s first-round 66 is tied for the second-lowest round of her career; she has twice shot a 65 this season, and shot a 66 in the third round of the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Ally McDonald withdrew during the round due to illness

Quotable

“It’s just about confidence. So hopefully I’m going to play with confidence the next few days.”
- Lydia Ko, on the key to her recent success

“I think I’m good at faking that.”
- Suzann Pettersen, when told she looks comfortable in the heat

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 Cristie Kerr 70 - 63 - 65 - 71 269 -15 $270,000.00
2T Danielle Kang 68 - 67 - 69 - 66 270 -14 $127,016.00
2T Jacqui Concolino 68 - 68 - 67 - 67 270 -14 $127,016.00
2T Shanshan Feng 66 - 65 - 68 - 71 270 -14 $127,016.00
5T Brooke M. Henderson 70 - 69 - 68 - 64 271 -13 $58,391.00
5T Nelly Korda 68 - 68 - 70 - 65 271 -13 $58,391.00
5T Sung Hyun Park 68 - 69 - 67 - 67 271 -13 $58,391.00
5T Stacy Lewis 71 - 66 - 66 - 68 271 -13 $58,391.00
9T In Gee Chun 72 - 66 - 68 - 66 272 -12 $38,776.00
9T Sei Young Kim 69 - 65 - 68 - 70 272 -12 $38,776.00
11T Lydia Ko 64 - 72 - 70 - 67 273 -11 $33,072.00
11T Madelene Sagstrom 66 - 66 - 73 - 68 273 -11 $33,072.00
13T Lizette Salas 72 - 68 - 66 - 68 274 -10 $28,161.00
13T So Yeon Ryu 72 - 67 - 66 - 69 274 -10 $28,161.00
13T Sarah Jane Smith 74 - 65 - 65 - 70 274 -10 $28,161.00
16 Charley Hull 72 - 67 - 71 - 65 275 -9 $24,998.00
17T Suzann Pettersen 67 - 69 - 71 - 69 276 -8 $23,174.00
17T Carlota Ciganda 70 - 66 - 69 - 71 276 -8 $23,174.00
19T Megan Khang 72 - 69 - 68 - 68 277 -7 $20,984.00
19T Gaby Lopez 68 - 68 - 71 - 70 277 -7 $20,984.00
19T Eun-Hee Ji 66 - 72 - 68 - 71 277 -7 $20,984.00
22 Marina Alex 71 - 70 - 69 - 68 278 -6 $19,524.00
23T Azahara Munoz 72 - 65 - 73 - 69 279 -5 $17,769.00
23T Su Oh 65 - 71 - 72 - 71 279 -5 $17,769.00
23T Brittany Lincicome 69 - 67 - 70 - 73 279 -5 $17,769.00
23T Candie Kung 67 - 69 - 70 - 73 279 -5 $17,769.00
27 Caroline Masson 70 - 72 - 66 - 72 280 -4 $16,148.00
28T Nicole Broch Larsen 72 - 72 - 72 - 65 281 -3 $14,342.00
28T Minjee Lee 68 - 73 - 72 - 68 281 -3 $14,342.00
28T Aditi Ashok 70 - 73 - 69 - 69 281 -3 $14,342.00
28T Angel Yin 73 - 73 - 65 - 70 281 -3 $14,342.00
28T Lee-Anne Pace 73 - 70 - 67 - 71 281 -3 $14,342.00
33T Cheyenne Woods 72 - 71 - 71 - 68 282 -2 $11,465.00
33T Haru Nomura 70 - 68 - 75 - 69 282 -2 $11,465.00
33T Ariya Jutanugarn 72 - 72 - 68 - 70 282 -2 $11,465.00
33T Brittany Altomare 70 - 70 - 71 - 71 282 -2 $11,465.00
33T Gerina Piller 73 - 67 - 70 - 72 282 -2 $11,465.00
33T Karine Icher 69 - 69 - 70 - 74 282 -2 $11,465.00
39T Angela Stanford 70 - 73 - 76 - 65 284 E $9,671.00
39T Moriya Jutanugarn 68 - 69 - 75 - 72 284 E $9,671.00
41T Anna Nordqvist 71 - 75 - 70 - 69 285 1 $8,759.00
41T Kim Kaufman 74 - 69 - 72 - 70 285 1 $8,759.00
41T Brittany Lang 69 - 72 - 71 - 73 285 1 $8,759.00
44T Mi Hyang Lee 71 - 72 - 72 - 71 286 2 $7,481.00
44T Pornanong Phatlum 70 - 75 - 69 - 72 286 2 $7,481.00
44T Jodi Ewart Shadoff 70 - 70 - 73 - 73 286 2 $7,481.00
44T Chella Choi 73 - 69 - 67 - 77 286 2 $7,481.00
44T Jane Park 71 - 70 - 66 - 79 286 2 $7,481.00
49T Peiyun Chien 73 - 71 - 72 - 71 287 3 $6,523.00
49T Alison Lee 74 - 74 - 65 - 74 287 3 $6,523.00
51T Austin Ernst 73 - 71 - 69 - 75 288 4 $6,113.00
51T Sandra Gal 72 - 67 - 74 - 75 288 4 $6,113.00
53T Jeong Eun Lee 78 - 68 - 74 - 69 289 5 $5,565.00
53T Mirim Lee 71 - 74 - 71 - 73 289 5 $5,565.00
53T Jessica Korda 70 - 74 - 70 - 75 289 5 $5,565.00
53T Mo Martin 70 - 71 - 72 - 76 289 5 $5,565.00
57T Amy Yang 76 - 67 - 77 - 70 290 6 $5,018.00
57T Laura Gonzalez Escallon 69 - 72 - 78 - 71 290 6 $5,018.00
59T Mi Jung Hur 77 - 71 - 72 - 71 291 7 $4,593.00
59T Michelle Wie 74 - 70 - 74 - 73 291 7 $4,593.00
59T Olafia Kristinsdottir 74 - 67 - 73 - 77 291 7 $4,593.00
62T Alena Sharp 71 - 74 - 75 - 72 292 8 $4,333.00
62T Ayako Uehara 75 - 70 - 73 - 74 292 8 $4,333.00
64 Winnie Ng 72 - 70 - 75 - 76 293 9 $0.00
65T Tiffany Joh 78 - 73 - 70 - 74 295 11 $4,151.00
65T Jennifer Song 72 - 68 - 78 - 77 295 11 $4,151.00
67 Natasha Andrea Oon 72 - 73 - 79 - 73 297 13 $0.00
68 Michelle Koh 75 - 74 - 76 - 74 299 15 $4,014.00
69 Cydney Clanton 71 - 77 - 76 - 76 300 16 $3,924.00
70T Aretha Pan 79 - 73 - 75 - 74 301 17 $3,786.00
70T Kelly Tan 82 - 67 - 75 - 77 301 17 $3,786.00
72 Paula Reto 78 - 76 - 73 - 75 302 18 $3,650.00
73 Nur Durriyah 72 - 78 - 79 - 75 304 20 $3,605.00
74T Yani Tseng 79 - 77 - 76 - 76 308 24 $3,557.00
74T Liyana Durisic 77 - 74 - 79 - 78 308 24 $0.00
76 Zulaikah Nurziana 81 - 76 - 81 - 84 322 38 $0.00
WDC Ashleigh Buhai 71 - 78 - 71 220 7 $0.00
WD Ally McDonald 0 E $0.00

Preview

DATES: October 26-29
SITE: Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
PRIZE MONEY: $1,800,000
Click here for tournament stats & info

In the pink - Ryu loves coming to Kuala Lumpur

World No. 1 So Yeon Ryu was faced with a serious dilemma as she packed for this week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. There was a definite lack of pink in her wardrobe.

It was a big deal to the world’s top player, as this tournament annually hosts “Pink Saturday,” asking players, staff and fans to don the shade in support of its ongoing fundraising for cancer research purposes.

“When I first got all my golf attire from Fila Golf, I just tried to find a pink but I couldn’t find any pink,” said Ryu, who moments earlier donned the pink sunglasses that will be handed out to fans. “Then I just freaked out. The only pink I could find was a little pink. That’s how much it meant to me, this tournament.”

But while fans will have to wait a few more days to see Ryu’s sartorial choice, she made one thing perfectly clear – she absolutely loves coming to Malaysia and TPC Kuala Lumpur. The 27-year-old native of the Republic of Korea is playing in her sixth Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and has three top-five finishes to her name on the challenging layout.

“I pretty much love every hole, but I like the idea about 16,” said Ryu when asked her favorite hole on the tournament’s East Course. “We use two tees, and normally on Sunday we use the forward tee and the pin is on the back left quite often which is the toughest pin position at that green.”

That said, Sime Darby Foundation chairman Tun Musa Hitam pointed out another hole that suits Ryu’s eye quite well...

“When I played the Pro-Am (last year), I made a hole-in-one on No. 7, so maybe I should pick that one as my favorite,” said Ryu with a laugh.

Nordqvits refreshed heading into Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Evian champion Anna Nordqvist spent last week on a seemingly spectacular Thailand vacation, posting enough gorgeous Instagram pics to make even the most seasoned traveler jealous. It’s now back to reality for the 30-year-old Swede, although the scenery here at TPC Kuala Lumpur is just as picturesque.

“TPC Kuala Lumpur is such an amazing golf course,” said Nordqvist. “It’s getting better and better every year; you thought it was in perfect condition and you show up and it looks even better, more flowers. It’s just such a great atmosphere.”

The two-time major champion had wonderful reviews of TPC Kuala Lumpur’s East Course, saying, “I think what’s so great about this golf course is it has character. Every hole is challenging, a lot of water. There’s a lot of pin placements and a lot of run-offs. There are a lot of holes that are really tricky, the greens, especially with longer irons.”

Nordqvist also hopes to give two-time champion Shanshan Feng a good run for her money this week, or at least that Feng gives the rest of the field a break.

“Played with Shanshan a couple times here,” said Nordqvist. “Hopefully she will give the rest of us a chance this week.”

Malaysian debut for Altomare

This week marks up-and-coming American player Brittany Altomare’s debut at the heat-soaked TPC Kuala Lumpur. Altomare broke onto the golf scene with her runner-up finish at the Evian Championship in September, and admits that seeing her game come together is truly a dream come true.

“I’ve always wanted to play out here ever since I was little,” said Altomare, who was a four-year All-American at the Uni­versity of Virginia. “It’s been a dream of mine. I always said, like I don’t want to just play out here. I want to compete and hopefully win. I feel like I’m heading that way and it’s just exciting.

Altomare attributes much of her success to the advice and friendship she received from caddie and former Tour professional Dewi Claire Schreefel, who looped for Altomare for much of 2017. “I realized having someone out there that you feel that’s on your team is going to help you makes a huge difference,” she said, “especially when you get in stressful situations.

Since Evian, Schreefel has hung up her caddie bib, opting instead to pursue a nine-month program in sports massage therapy and a dream of her own. While perhaps a little selfishly sad, Altomare knows that the person who helped her pursue her dream deserves nothing but the same.”

“Maybe she will come back out and caddie for me. I would love that,” said Altomare with a small chuckle. “She is doing something she’s always wanted to do, so I’m happy for her.”

Quick hits

Nine players in the field have played in all seven previous Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia events – Shanshan Feng (winner in 2014 and 2016), Sandra Gal (best finish, T6 in 2013), Eun-Hee Ji (best finish, T15 in 2015), Candie Kung (best finish, T9 in 2012),Stacy Lewis (best finish, T2 in 2015), Azahara Munoz (best finish, third in 2011), Anna Nordqvist (best finish, T3 in 2016), Suzann Pettersen (best finish, runner-up in 2016) and Amy Yang (best finish, T3 in 2016)

So Yeon Ryu is playing in her sixth Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; her best finish is T3 in 2014

There are seven players from Malaysia in this week’s field, led by Kelly Tan, the only Malaysian player on the LPGA Tour

Quotable

“All the players obviously enjoy the shopping. Tried to stay out of there yesterday and ran into the Commissioner. Probably go a few more times this week.”
- Anna Nordqvist, on her Malaysian shopping exploits




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