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Sentosa Showdown for LPGA Stars

Yin Ruoning will make her HSBC Women’s World Championship debut at Sentosa.

Singapore: The world’s top four ranked players will headline the 2024 HSBC Women’s World Championship.

Lilia Vu, Yin Ruoning, Celine Boutier and Minjee Lee have all confirmed their participation in the LPGA Tour event from February 29-March 3 at Sentosa Golf Club, a Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

American world number one Vu will be looking to build on her breakout 2023 season which saw her win the first and last Majors of the year by adding the HSBC Women’s World Championship title to her resume.

She said: “Playing in Asia was really where I started to build my confidence and see success on the course last year. I arrived in Singapore right after winning my first LPGA title and, although it was my first time playing there, I felt really comfortable and loved the atmosphere and the course at Sentosa.

“I finished top-15 in my debut and this year my goal is to be holding the trophy on Sunday afternoon.”

China’s Yin and France’s Boutier shot up the rankings after securing their first Major titles at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the Amundi Evian Championship respectively. Australian Lee, a two-time Major winner, finished her year strongly, winning two of the final four events of the season.

Yin said: “I can’t wait to make my debut at the HSBC Women’s World Championship as it is one of the biggest events in Asia. Lots of the players call it ‘Asia’s Major’ and tell me it’s their favourite week of the year. I can’t wait to get there and experience it for myself.

“Having benefited so much from the CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Programme growing up, I think HSBC’s involvement as the title sponsor makes it even more important for me to play my best as I want to make them proud and to thank them for everything they have done to help me on my path to being a professional golfer and reaching world number one.”

Kee Joo Wong, CEO HSBC Singapore, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the world’s top four ranked players to Singapore, especially our CGA-HSBC China Junior Golf Programme graduate, Ruoning Yin, whom we have enjoyed watching develop into an exciting world-class player.”

Joining the top four for the 72-hole stroke play tournament on the Tanjong Course at Sentosa will be Korean Ko Jin-young, two-time Major champion, and defending champion at Sentosa.

Celebrated for its commitment to sustainability initiatives in golf globally, Sentosa Golf Club holds the titles for World’s Best Golf Course, Asia’s Best Golf Course, and Singapore’s Best Golf Course as awarded at the 2023 World Golf Awards.

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