Singapore: Major champions Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie have received exemptions to participate in this week’s 10th anniversary HSBC Women’s Champions.
The US$1.5 million event takes place from March 2-5 at the award-winning Sentosa Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Creamer was the tournament champion in 2014 when she sank a 75-foot eagle putt on the second play-off hole against Azahara Munoz.
The 30-year-old American has played in every HSBC Women’s Champions except 2010 and boasts an impressive record in the event.
In addition to her triumph three years ago, she recorded a tied-third finish in the inaugural championship in 2008, the following year, and again in 2013.
The 2010 US Women’s Open winner said: “I am very excited to be returning to Singapore for the 2017 HSBC Women’s Champions where I have very fond memories and great fan support.
“I look forward to competing with the best in the world in one of my favourite places to visit. I have been working very hard on all aspects of my game and hope I can get my season off to a strong start at the brand New Tanjong course at Sentosa.
“I can’t wait to enjoy the food, culture and to see the many friends I have made in Singapore over the years.”
Wie, winner of the 2014 US Women’s Open when she was 24, has also been a long-term supporter of the HSBC Women’s Champions. Since 2010, the Hawaii-born athlete has visited the Lion City every year. Her best result is a tied-ninth finish in the year that Creamer won.
“There are many reasons I am excited to be playing HSBC Women’s Champions this year. The course is new for everyone and I hear it is one of the best and most beautiful courses in Asia, so I cannot wait to check it out.
“The tournament always gathers one of the toughest fields on the LPGA, and it is going to be an extremely difficult one to win, but a challenge I am looking forward to. It is also the event’s 10th anniversary and I would love to be there to celebrate with everyone, and thank HSBC for their support of the tournament as well as their invitation to me,” said Wie.
The American duo will be in good company at this year’s tournament with the elite 63-player field comprising 19 of the world’s top-20 ranked players, including all of the top-15; 49 of the top 50 from the 2016 year-ending LPGA Order of Merit; and a combined total of 41 Major victories.
Flying the flag for Singapore will be 18-year old Amanda Tan who secured her berth following a dramatic victory in the National Qualifying Tournament.
Speaking about the exemptions awarded to the two players, Giles Morgan, Global Head of Sponsorship and Events for HSBC, said: “We are delighted that Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie are able to join us at the 10th edition of
HSBC Women’s Champions. These two Major champions have been true ambassadors to the game of golf for the past decade inspiring many to take up the sport.
“HSBC’s ambition is to open up the game and attract newer, younger audiences. Paula and Michelle’s commitment to the game and popularity amongst fans makes them both deserving of our sponsor invites. We look forward to them lighting up Sentosa’s New Tanjong Course.”
Following the success of the festival concept last year, when British pop band Take That lit up the stage with their first concert in Singapore in two decades, the music programme on Saturday (March 4) will be extended to a six-hour show featuring artists from South Korea, USA and Singapore.
Invited by HSBC, popular actor-singer Lee Joon Gi will take centre stage as the headline act for the evening following performances by local acts DJ Bounce Squad, Jack & Rai, Gentle Bones and upcoming US band Thirdstory.
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