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Title sponsor Sime Darby and event organiser IMG today confirmed the final field of 75 players who will participate in the prestigious Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2014. The tournament will celebrate its fifth anniversary at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) from – 12 October.
Rising stars of women’s golf, Charley Hull from England and China’s Xiyu Lin will both join the festivities at KLGCC when the tournament gets underway on the East Course . 18-year-old Hull, who also received a sponsor exemption in 2013 and tied in 45th place, was the Ladies European Tour (LET) Rookie of the Year in 2013. That same year she was the youngest player in history to be part of a Solheim Cup team when she helped Team Europe overcome Team USA. LPGA rookie Lin joins the tournament having made her first top-ten finish on tour, tying for 9th place at the Portland Classic at the end of August.
Speaking about her sponsor invite, Hull said, “I am delighted to be invited back to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. I played the tournament for the first time last year and it was certainly a great experience to go up against such a strong field. I found the conditions challenging so I will need to manage that but I’m looking forward to playing there again and I am very grateful to Sime Darby for the opportunity.”
Places are also awarded to Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and the Philippines’ Jennifer Rosales. Jutanugarn returns as a professional to the tournament where she was the best placed amateur in 2012. She also finished that year second on the Amateur World Rankings before making a big impact on the professional game in 2013. Returning from injury, she will be looking to make her mark as a professional in Kuala Lumpur in 2014.
Rosales has been competing on the LPGA Tour for a number of years and became the first Filipino to win a LPGA event when she won the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship in 2004. Competing in last year’s tournament, she finished T52.
Jutanugarn said, “I’m really looking forward to coming back to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. It’s a fantastic tournament which brings back many happy memories for me. The course isn’t the longest but ball placement is so important – I’ll be giving it my best shot. Thank you to Sime Darby and I look forward to getting back on the greens at KLGCC next week.”