Stars to descend on Pattaya's LPGA event
Nine of the world's top 10 players, led by South Korean No.1 Park In-Bee, will play at the Honda LPGA Thailand in Pattaya, according to the tour.
The US$1.5 million event, to be held at Siam Country Club from Feb 26-March 1, features 70 players — the top 60 from last year's money list and 10 invites.
According to the LPGA Tour website lpga.com, 65 golfers have confirm their participation with five spots remaining.
World No.2 Lydia Ko of New Zealand is the only top 10 player who won't play in Pattaya as she has chosen to take part in the Ladies European Tour's New Zealand Women's Open on the same week.
World No.6 Michelle Wie, No.20 Paula Creamer and defending champion Anna Nordqvist will also be in the Honda tournament, as will former champions Yani Tseng (2011 and 2012), Suzann Pettersen (2007) and Ai Miyazato (2010).
As for Thai players world No.27 Pornanong Phatlum and Moriya Jutanugarn are eligible to play thanks to their places on the money list, while Thidapa Suwannapura, Ariya Jutanugarn, who was runner-up in 2013, and amateur Paphangkorn Tavatanakit have received invitations.
Cheyenne Woods, Kim Hyo-Joo, Hur Mi-Jung, Mika Miyazato and 2010 champion Ai Miyazato have also got invitations.