Singapore: After a remarkable year for both the Jutanugarn and Korda sisters, both pairs of siblings have confirmed they’ll compete at the 2019 HSBC Women’s World Championship.
This year saw Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn and Jessica and Nelly Korda become the second and third sister-duo respectively to win LPGA Tour titles – a feat previously only achieved by Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam in 2000.
To be staged from February 28 to March 3 over the New Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, the 2019 HSBC Women’s World Championship will be headlined by Ariya. During another outstanding year, the 22-year-old Thai reclaimed the world number one spot and won three times, including a second career Major at the US Women’s Open.
In addition to topping the world rankings and LPGA money list, Ariya completed a clean sweep of all the top 2018 LPGA awards, taking back the Rolex Player of the Year Award; the Rolex ANNIKA Major award, which recognises the player who has the most outstanding record in all five Major championships during the current LPGA season; the inaugural LEADERS Top 10 trophy for accumulating the most top-10 finishes on the 2018 LPGA Tour (17); the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average (69.415); and the Race to the CME Globe trophy – an extraordinary feat that’s never previously been achieved.
Ariya said: “I am very proud of what I have achieved in 2018 but I am going to keep working very hard to keep improving in 2019. The HSBC Women’s World Championship is one of my favourite events. It always attracts one of the strongest fields and Sentosa is such a great venue. It’s a tournament I would love to win. Moriya and I also enjoy lots of support when we play in Singapore, so it feels a bit like a home event for us and we can’t wait to return there next year.”
Inspired by her younger sister’s success, Moriya has continued to show steady improvement over the past two years, securing 19 top-10 finishes and claiming her first LPGA title at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open in April. With her win, the 24-year-old joined Ariya in the top 10 of the Rolex Women’s World Rankings – the only sisters to accomplish that on the LPGA Tour.
Joining the Jutanugarn sisters at the US$1.5 million purse tournament will be the Kordas, who became the third set of sisters to both win LPGA titles after Nelly secured her maiden LPGA title at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship in October. Since joining the LPGA Tour last year, Nelly has secured 12 top-10 finishes, including runner-up at this year’s HSBC Women’s World Championship.
Nelly said: “I’m excited to return to Singapore for the HSBC Women’s World Championship. Although I was so disappointed not to win after leading such a big event going into the final round, I learnt so much from the experience and I can’t wait to get back to Sentosa and have another go next year.”
Despite missing out on the early part of the 2018 season after undergoing jaw surgery, Jessica won the Honda LPGA Thailand in her first start of the year with a tournament record of 25-under par, for her fifth career victory. Currently ranked 13th in the world, the 25-year-old will hope to improve on her best finish of fifth at the HSBC Women’s World Championship, in what will be her eighth appearance at the tournament.
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