The world’s best female golfers have arrived in Singapore for the ninth edition of the HSBC Women’s Champions, which begins on Thursday 3rd March at the picturesque Sentosa Golf Club.
Led by World No.1 Lydia Ko, and defending champion and No.2 Inbee Park, the four-day tournament will see 18 of the top 20 ranked players in Singapore to compete for their share of the US$1.5 million prize purse.
Korea and the USA will each field an 18-strong contingent led by Park and Stacy Lewis respectively, while the recent ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open champion Haru Nomura will be amongst a formidable Japanese quartet that includes sponsor exemption, Ai Miyazato.
Koh Sock Hwee, who recently turned professional, will look to provide local fans with something to cheer about as she tackles the highly prestigious event for the third time as the lone representative from Singapore. Xiyu Lin will join the popular World No. 9 Shanshan Feng as she attempts to bring the trophy back to China for the first time, while Australia, England, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and Taiwan are all represented by two of their best hopes.
In the tournament’s eight year history, the USA has won it three times with Angela Stanford, Lewis and Paula Creamer emerging victorious in 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively, before Park broke the streak with an emphatic two-shot victory over Ko 12 months ago. Other former champions gracing the fairways of Sentosa Golf Club this week include Miyazato (2010) and Karrie Webb of Australia (2011).
For the first time in it’s history, the HSBC Women’s Champions will become a four-day festival offering the best in golf, music and food. British pop band Take That will perform live in Singapore for the first time in over two decades, with a one-off concert on Saturday 5th March while Electronic Dance Music DJ Jack Novak will fly in from the US to join two local DJ talents – DJ FARZ and DJ Li.A – to spin for fans at the end of each day’s play. Celebrity chef Monica Galetti will headline the culinary element of the four-day festival. Visitors to the HSBC Women’s Champions will be amongst the first in Asia to sample the Samoa-born Galetti’s critically acclaimed dishes.
For more information on the HSBC Women’s Champions 2016, visit the tournament website at http://www.hsbcgolf.com/womens or official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/hsbcwomenschampions
Final Field of HSBC Women’s Champions 2016
Na Yeon Choi
In Gee Chun
Brooke M. Henderson
Ha Na Jang
Hyo Joo Kim
Sei Young Kim
Sock Hwee Koh #
Mi Hyang Lee
Xi Yu Lin
Hee Young Park
So Yeon Ryu
Sun Young Yoo