The LPGA returns to action Wednesday evening at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia for the first of five events on its fall Asian swing. GolfChannel.com will live stream coverage of all four rounds (11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. ET each day, beginning late Wednesday night). Golf Channel will televise each round on tape delay (Thursday, noon-2 p.m.; Friday, 5-7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, noon-3:30 p.m. ET).
Here are four groups to watch in the first round (all times Eastern):
The last three winners of this event are together in this grouping. Park won three years ago, Feng last year and Thompson two years ago. Park, the Rolex world No. 1, is seeking to win her fifth LPGA title this year. Her four victories tie Lydia Ko for most this season. Park and Ko are locked in battles for the world No. 1 ranking, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the LPGA money title and the Vare Trophy for low scoring average. Feng shot a 63 in the final round winning in Malaysia last year.
Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie and Minjee Lee: Wednesday, 9:45 p.m.
Ko, coming off her Evian Championship victory, is seeking to win her third start in a row. Wie appears to finally be healthy again. She showed no lingering effects from hip, knee and ankle injuries at the Solheim Cup, though she didn’t play 36 holes in either of the first two days. Lee, an LPGA rookie, won the Kingsmill Championship for her first LPGA title in May.
Lewis, No. 3 in the world rankings, keeps putting herself in contention this year, but she has so far been unable to break through for her first victory of 2015. Lewis has finished second or third a total of seven times this season. Ryu is quietly sitting right behind Lewis in the world rankings. Ryu has won twice this year, once on the Ladies European Tour (World Ladies Championship) and once on the Korean LPGA Tour, but she’s seeking her first LPGA title in 14 months. Tan is the hometown favorite, a second-year LPGA pro from Malaysia. They call her the Malaysian angel back in her homeland.
Pettersen, making her first start since becoming embroiled in a Solheim Cup controversy over a phantom concession at the 17th hole in Germany, is looking to win for the second time this season. Yang has won two LPGA titles in her career, both in Asia. She won the Honda Thailand earlier this year. Miyazato is seeking to add to the first LPGA title she won at the Safeway Classic three years ago.