In-Kyung Kim believes a smart course strategy and a soft touch around the greens will determine the outcome of the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club this week.

“There are many strong contenders out there in the field and whoever makes more putts, I guess, will have a chance. Keeping it on the fairway is very important on this golf course.

“Some pin positions are also really hard to get in and so whoever is brave and plays smart golf would be the winner,” said the 29-year-old South Korean, the winner of the season-ending Ladies European Tour event in 2009.

“I have so many memories of Dubai that stand out and look forward to having another fun week in Dubai. I just love this (Majlis) course. Playing in Dubai for the first time in 2009 was such a great experience that I wanted to come back every year,” said the recent Women’s British Open winner in Kingbarns.

“I am just happy to be here again. The new trophy looks amazing; it’s more like the guys trophy. Just fantastic. It looks like a genie is going to come out or something! It’s kind of a piece of art,” said Kim, a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour this season.

“It has been a fun year, not because I have won a couple of tournaments, but I have seen the progress and that I have put in the work. Of course, I would like to win this week as it’s a special tournament,” said Kim, who is making her third appearance in Dubai.

Kim’s bid to defend her title may have fallen short in 2010, but her tied sixth place finish contributed to her winning the Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year award that year.

“So, it’s cool to come and play in Dubai.”