Dubai: Christina Kim is the latest star player to confirm attendance to the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, which will be held at the Emirates Golf Club from December 14 to 17.
The American joins Michelle Wie, Golf in Dubai ambassador Laura Davies, Melissa Reid, Sophie Gustafson and Gwladys Nocera.
A winner of two LPGA titles and one on the Ladies European Tour (LET), Kim is delighted to be playing in Dubai for the third time in a row: "I love being in Dubai. I could see myself living there," she said ahead of the €500,000 (Dh2.4 million) tournament, promoted and organised by Golf in Dubai.
"I want to visit Dubai every year," said Kim, who finished tied fourth on six-under 284 last year, just five shots behind winner Iben Tinning of Denmark.
In eight starts on the LET this season, Kim missed just one cut (Women's British Open) and her best finish was tied second at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. The three-time Solheim Cup player also featured in 20 LPGA events with a tied 13th at the Avnet LPGA Classic being her best result.
Known for her fashion flair and exuberance, the 27-year-old "Excitement Machine" believes in playing aggressively on the course. "Go big or go home," is her philosophy — and it's working well for the outspoken player from San Jose, California.
As a member of both the US LPGA and Ladies European Tour, Kim has been making regular appearances in Europe and said: "Although the LPGA is my first tour, this is like a second home for me and the competition is incredible here every week," she said after winning the Sicilian Ladies Italian Open in October.
"On both of my tours I've got at least one win under my belt and I can't wait to see how many more I may get in my career."
Mohammad Juma Bu Amim, vice-chairman and CEO of Golf in Dubai, said: "Her presence will certainly provide a big boost... to the tournament."