Singapore: The world’s top-10 ranked female golfers will head to Singapore to compete in the 10th edition of the US$1.5 million HSBC Women’s Champions.
From March 2-5, the event is being held on the New Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
The field will be headlined by world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand, Thailand’s world number two Ariya Jutanugarn and Korean world number three Chun In-gee, the 2016 Rookie of the Year.
The trio will lead a star-studded cast of 63 players in what is set to be one of the most competitive fields on the LPGA Tour’s 2017 schedule.
Joining them will be China’s world number four Feng Shanshan, American Lexi Thompson, teenage Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson and a Korean quartet comprising defending champion Jang Ha-na, Ryu So-yeon, Kim Sei-young and Park Sung-hyun.
Ko has played in the last three editions of the HSBC Women’s Champions and recorded a runner-up finish in 2015, behind Park In-bee. The 19-year-old had a stellar 2016, securing four LPGA Tour wins and a further 10 top-10 finishes.
She said: “I am looking forward to returning to Singapore to compete for the HSBC Women’s Champions title. The tournament always attracts a very high quality field so it does a lot for your confidence when you do well there. I came close a couple of years ago. I would love to go one better and take the trophy home with me this time round.
“Away from the golf it’s one of the most fun events we get to play in. The city’s great, the fans are great. It should be another great event.”
Ariya was the form player of 2016 after a string of world class performances. Having posted five wins last year, including her first Major at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and 11 additional top-10 finishes, the Bangkok-native will look to continue the momentum she has built up.
The 21-year-old said: “Last year was a breakthrough year for me. I got over some of the injury problems I had been struggling with and managed to get the consistency back in my game. I have played HSBC Women’s Champions a couple of times and done pretty well. I hear we will be playing on the New Tanjong Course this year so it will be a fresh challenge for all the girls. I am sure it will be a lot of fun.”
Giles Morgan, HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events, said: “HSBC Women’s Champions has been a catalyst for the growth of the women’s game in Asia. Since we created the event in 2008 it has provided a template that has helped usher in a new generation of tournaments to the region.
“HSBC Women’s Champions has proved time and again to be one of the toughest tests in women’s golf – to win it you have to beat the best of the best. And generally it requires something special.
“It’s no coincidence that two of the last three winners, Jang Ha-na and Paula Creamer, have sealed victory with unforgettable eagle putts on the final hole. That’s what this tournament is all about – the highest quality and the highest drama. Ten years. The world’s best 10 players.”
Outside the ropes, the tournament will once again offer visitors a festival concept which, in 2016, saw British pop band Take That take centre stage with a live performance for 5,000 fans after play on Saturday.
Visitors to this year’s event will be able to enjoy four days of top entertainment which will climax with a trio of international musicians from Korea, the United States and Singapore performing live on stage at the driving range after play finishes on Saturday, March 4.