LPGA Tour begins Asian swing
BY Bruce Young | LPGA Tour | 2013 Reignwood LPGA Classic | Preview | 01 Oct 2013
The LPGA Tour begins a stretch of five events in an Asian swing when the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic is played at the Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club on the outskirts of Beijing.
The US$1.8 million event is jointly sanctioned with the China Golf Association and the China LPGA Tour and represents the first occasion an LPGA Tour even has been played in Beijing.
This week’s event is followed by the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in Korea, the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship and the Mizuno Classic in Japan.
This week the 81 player field is headed by the world number one and two Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis, Na Yeon Choi and So Yeon Ryu, only Suzann Petersen missing from the world’s top five.
Headlining this week’s event will be Rolex Rankings 9th ranked player Shanshan Feng, the top-ranked golfer who hails from the People’s Republic and the only Chinese player currently on the LPGA Tour. Feng made history last year when she captured the Wegmans LPGA Championship title, becoming the first Chinese golfer -male or female – to win a major championship. Feng won six events worldwide last year including one in her home country and although she has not won this year she has continued to play well.
Australians in the field are Karrie Webb, Katherine Hull-Kirk, Lindsey Wright and Sarah Jane Smith get a start in the restricted field.