Jessica Korda of USA is splashed with water on the 18th hole after winning the Sime Daeby LPGA in the final round of the Sime Darby LPGA Tour at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on October 11, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
Nelly Korda was an LPGA rookie the last time the tour staged an event in Kuala Lumpur. She was excited to return because the warm temperatures and Bermuda grass remind her of home.
While Korda has yet to win this season, she’s hopeful that she can get some momentum going in Malaysia before she returns to Florida to defend her title at the Pelican. Her older sister, Jessica, who took leave from the tour earlier this season with a back injury and is now on maternity leave, won in Malaysia in 2015.
Angel Yin, who recently won her first LPGA title in Shanghai, certainly likes Nelly’s chances this week.
“I was playing the round and I was looking at the grass and I was like, this is Nelly’s golf course,” said Yin. “Looks like Taiwan where she won twice and looks like Pelican. The grass is like perfect for her. It’s right back to Bradenton, Florida.”