Singapore: Asian Golf Industry Federation Golf Facility Member Sentosa Golf Club is poised to confirm its reputation as one of Asia’s finest golfing tests when it plays host to the world’s top-10 female players in this week’s HSBC Women’s Champions.
Speaking ahead of the tournament tee-off on Thursday, world number two Park In-bee said: “If you hit good tee shots, you can make birdies; but if you don’t hit good tee shots, you can make big numbers.
“I would be happy with pars [on most holes]. At the par-fives you definitely have chance for birdies, but then the other holes are quite tough.
“I think that’s why this golf course is so much fun. You can play a round in so many ways. You can do so many things on this golf course and I think it’s one of the toughest golf courses we play.
“It’s in great condition. I played Monday and it was a little bit slower, the greens, but I played today and it was quick. So I think it’s in good shape.”
Lydia Ko has arrived here following back-to-back wins in Australia and her native New Zealand. Summing up her expectations for the week, the world number one said: “I have had such a great last two weeks, so obviously there’s an expectation. You’re world number one and a lot of people think you should win every week because you are [there], but that’s really not the case.
“Hopefully I’m going to keep myself cool. I think that’s a big thing here. You can play good golf and then the heat gets to you and you start making a couple of mistakes.
“I think I’m going to keep myself cool and try and have some fun. I know that there are some birdie opportunities, but there are some really tough holes out there, so everything balances out.”
Meanwhile, former world number one Tseng Ya-ni and sponsor invite Jing Yan hosted a group of children from local schools at the HSBC Interactive Village.
Taiwanese Tseng, who finished tied for fifth place in Thailand last week, said: “I’m excited for this year. I’ve got a new trainer and coach so I think my body, mind and swing are kind of working together right now.
“The last few years I’ve been really struggling, but I feel like I’m back to enjoying the golf again. I’m very happy. I don’t really get down on myself as much and I don’t give myself as much pressure. I’m pleased to be here again and play with the best.”
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