Defending Champion Park Confirms New Tanjong Return

Park Sung-hyung celebrates her 2019 HSBC Women’s World Championship win.

Singapore: Park Sung-hyun will defend her crown at next year’s HSBC Women’s World Championship.

The talented Korean will spearhead a star-studded line-up from February 27 to March 1 over the New Tanjong Course at award-winning Sentosa Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

During the course of her three years on the LPGA circuit, Park has secured seven LPGA titles, including two Majors, the 2017 US Women’s Open and the 2018 Women’s PGA Championship.

Her win at this year’s HSBC Women’s World Championship, where she shot the lowest round of the tournament with an eight-under-par final round to claim a two-shot victory from Minjee Lee, re-established Park at the top of the Rolex World Rankings. Following victory in Singapore, she went on to clinch the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G in June and has achieved a total of seven top-10 finishes in 2019 to date.

Park, aged 26, said: “I’m excited to return to Singapore next year to defend my title at the HSBC Women’s World Championship. It was an exhilarating final day this year and I managed to put in a strong final round to take the championship.

“The HSBC Women’s World Championship is one of my favourite events. It always feels like one of the Majors because of the calibre of competition. I was lucky to have a lot of support on course this year so I’m looking forward to seeing the fans and getting back out next February.”

Park announced her arrival on the LPGA Tour in 2017 and has been turning heads ever since. In her rookie year, Park made the cut in all 23 events in which she competed and became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the US Women’s Open. Her phenomenal start to life as an LPGA player saw her take home both the Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year awards in the same year – a feat last achieved by Nancy Lopez in 1978.

She also became the fastest player in LPGA history to reach US$2 million in career earnings in just 19 starts over the course of seven months and 13 days.

Tony Cripps, CEO, HSBC Singapore, said: “We are thrilled that Sung-hyun will defend her title with us at the 2020 edition of the HSBC Women’s World Championship. Sung-hyun is a special talent and a wonderful ambassador for the game.  

“As a business we believe that when people come together incredible things can happen. Hosting this tournament in one of HSBC’s most important international hubs showcases our firm commitment to Singapore and women in sport. We are proud of our role in bringing world class golf to Singapore. The event has become an unmissable fixture on Singapore’s sporting and social calendars, inspiring all who attend.

“Sung-hyun has remarkable support everywhere she goes. We look forward to welcoming Sung-hyun and her loyal group of fans back to Sentosa as she aims to become the first player to successfully defend her HSBC Women’s World Championship title.”

In addition to the on-course action, spectators can look forward to four days of off-course entertainment, underpinning the tournament’s standing as one of the most fun events on the LPGA schedule.

Early bird tickets are on sale during December at Family-friendly initiatives include free entry for juniors aged 16 years and under when accompanied by a ticketed adult as well as additional discounts for families and seniors.

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