Queen ‘Bee set for KLGCC return

Inbee Park ©Eddie Putera|The ClubHouse
Inbee Park ©Eddie Putera|The ClubHouse

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven-time Major winner Inbee Park has confirmed her participation in October’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, throwing down the gauntlet to her fellow countrywomen and anybody else with an eye on the trophy.

Joining the world number one in the field for the showpiece US$2 million tournament are fellow South Korean So Yeon Ryu as well as world number four and shoo-in candidate for rookie of the year Hyo Joo Kim.

Having become only the seventh women to complete a career grand slam after lifting the RICOH Women’s British Open at Turnberry last month, Park was upbeat ahead of her return to Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, where she won in 2012.

“It’s been a pretty good year so far! Great to get back to the top of the rankings with the way Lydia’s been playing and then winning the [RICOH] Women’s British Open on the back of the [KPMG] Women’s PGA Championship was pretty special.

“I’ll be looking to carry my form through the rest of the tour in the US and then hopefully into Asia in October. The Sime Darby LPGA is a wonderful tournament. It’s a great course and I have some pretty good memories from 2012. I’m looking forward to it,” said the 27-year-old, who gave the tournament a miss last year to prepare for her nuptials.

For some time such a dominant force in the women’s game, South Koreans won the first three editions of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with Jimin Kang (2010), Na Yeon Choi (2011) and Park (2012) all claiming honours.