Singapore: Asian Golf Industry Federation Golf Facility member Sentosa Golf Club will play host to the world’s top-six female players in this year’s US$1.4 million HSBC Women’s Champions.
World number one Park In-bee, Lydia Ko (2), Stacy Lewis (3), Feng Shanshan (4), Suzann Pettersen (5) and Michelle Wie (6) will headline a star-studded line-up over the Singapore club’s award-winning Serapong Course from March 5-8.
The eighth edition of HSBC’s flagship championship will also see American Paula Creamer defend the title she claimed when holing a 75-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off with Spain’s Azahara Munoz.
Korean Park, a four-time Major winner, topped the end of year 2014 Rolex Rankings and is now looking forward to her Singapore foray. Park said: “This is one of the tournaments I really look forward to each year. Singapore is a fantastic city and the tournament has a ‘Major’ feel to it with HSBC putting on a world-class event.
“I finished tied fourth last year and know the course suits my game so hopefully I can play well this year as it’s a title I would love to win to get my season off to the best possible start.”
World number two Ko is both the youngest winner and youngest millionaire in LPGA history and finished 2014 in style, winning the season-closing CME Group Tour Championship. She was awarded 2014 LPGA Rolex Rookie of the Year after a stellar season including three wins, two runner-ups and nine additional top-10 finishes.
Lewis, meanwhile, is aiming to win back the title she secured in 2013. She said: “I really enjoy this event and am proud of having won two years ago. I would like to win this again. It is a great tournament and so many of the world’s best players will be there again so I am excited to get back to Singapore to see if I can repeat my performance of 2013.”
Giles Morgan, Global Head of Sponsorship and Events at HSBC, said: “HSBC Women’s Champions is our flagship women’s event and has emerged into a truly world-class championship by any measure, becoming increasingly important for the world of golf and for the bank.
“HSBC is committed to opening up the world of golf so we are extremely proud that we will soon welcome the top six players in the world who hail from five different nations across the world.
“The game has changed beyond all recognition in recent years, especially ladies golf which has never been so competitive or so global. It would be nearly impossible to choose a winner or even the nationalities on the leaderboard such is the international nature of the LPGA Tour.
“But that’s what makes ladies golf and this event so exciting and such compelling viewing. Just think of Paula’s putt and the scenes of celebration last year.
“It’s only one of the reasons why this tournament is so special for HSBC, for the players and for Singapore. Beyond the world-class action on the course, the atmosphere off it is just as electric. It is one of the highlights of Singapore’s social calendar.”
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