LPGA - Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Preview
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DATES: Thursday, October 11th through Sunday, October 14th
SITE: Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (East Course), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright (1991)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,193
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 366 Yds10 - Par 4 341 Yds
2 - Par 4 409 Yds11 - Par 4 393 Yds
3 - Par 4 393 Yds12 - Par 5 496 Yds
4 - Par 4 348 Yds13 - Par 4 286 Yds
5 - Par 3 178 Yds14 - Par 4 342 Yds
6 - Par 5 471 Yds15 - Par 3 136 Yds
7 - Par 3 168 Yds16 - Par 5 521 Yds
8 - Par 4 388 Yds17 - Par 3 157 Yds
9 - Par 4 410 Yds18 - Par 4 390 Yds
35 3,131 Yds36 3,062 Yds
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Na Yeon Choi
Runner-Up:  Yani Tseng
Tournament Record:  269 (Na Yeon Choi, 2011)
54-Hole Record:  201 (Na Yeon Choi, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, 2011)
Course Record:  65 (Sun Young Yoo, Jimin Kang, 2010;
  Stacy Lewis, Se Ri Pak, Anna Nordqvist, Yani Tseng, 2011)
Total Purse:  $1,900,000
Shares:  1st Place - $285,000; 2nd Place - $173,256; 3rd Place - $125,685
2011 Finish
Na Yeon Choi269Stacy Lewis275
Yani Tseng270Suzann Pettersen277
Azahara Munoz272Angela Stanford277
Se Ri Pak274Four players at278
Brittany Lang275
Past Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Na Yeon Choi (269) -- Yani Tseng
2010Jimin Kang (204) -- Juli Inkster

Top Contenders in the Field
Na Yeon ChoiT-16Won
Yani TsengT-412nd
Azahara MunozT-163rd
Se Ri PakT-484th
Stacy LewisT-12T-5
Brittany LangT-32T-5
Suzann PettersenT-16T-7
Angela Stanford---T-7
Shanshan FengT-12T-9
Paula Creamer---T-9
Jiyai ShinT-6T-13
Michelle WieT-32T-18
Mika MiyazatoT-3T-23
Ai MiyazatoT-28T-32
Meena Lee5thT-38
Cristie Kerr8thT-38
Brittany Lincicome---T-42
Beatriz RecariT-957th
Inbee ParkT-46---
So Yeon Ryu------
Lexi Thompson------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jiyai Shin
Darkhorse - Paula Creamer
Last Week's Pick to Win (So Yeon Ryu) - Finished tied for 8th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Julieta Granada) - Missed the cut
NOTES:The LPGA Tour travels to Malaysia this week for the Sime Darby LPGA
Malaysia. This event is being held on the East Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. It is the first of four consecutive events in Asia for the LPGA Tour. The top 10 players in the world are in the field, led by world No. 1 Yani Tseng.

Tseng has three victories this year on the LPGA Tour, but has not won since March and has not had a top-10 finish since May. World No. 2 and top American Stacy Lewis is also in the field. Lewis and Tseng are the only players with three wins in 2012. Lewis is second on the money list, trailing Inbee Park by $71,012. Lewis also leads the tour in top-10 finishes with 14, which is three more than any other player. World No. 3 Jiyai Shin will be trying to win her third straight event this week. Shin captured the Kingsmill Championship and Ricoh Women's British Open in her last two outings.

The 2010 tournament was the first time that an LPGA Tour event was staged in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club has hosted the Maybank Malaysian Open on the European Tour four times. Charlie Wi captured the title at Kuala Lumpur in 2006; Seung-yul Noh in 2010; Matteo Manassero in 2011; and Louis Oosthuizen this year.

Last year, Na Yeon Choi bested Tseng by a stroke to earn her only win of 2011. Choi shot rounds of 66-68-67-68 to finish at 15-under 269. Tseng fired a course record-tying 6-under 65 in the final round, but came up one shot short.

In 2010, Jimin Kang fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and win. Kang, who collected her second LPGA Tour win, finished at 9-under-par 204. Juli Inkster bogeyed the last to take second place at minus-eight, costing herself her first wince since 2006.

The LPGA Tour heads to South Korea next week for the LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship, where Tseng will defend her title.

10/09 17:08:53 ET

As of October 9, 2012, at 05:08 PM ET
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