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- 27. February 2014.
SINGAPORE WELCOMES BACK 2013’s HSBC WOMEN’S CHAMPION
Stacy Lewis, the world number three and current title holder of the HSBC Women’s Champions returned to Singapore today and the scene of her famous victory on the stunning Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club.
The twenty-nine year old American was given a special welcome back to the championship with her name emblazoned across the giant leaderboard that surrounds the 9th and 18th greens. Hugely talented Lewis will face a tough challenge to re-claim her champion’s crown as she seeks to secure her first victory of the season in a field that includes World Number 1 Inbee Park (South Korea) and World Number 2 Suzann Pettersen (Norway).
Speaking ahead of the tournament which is widely regarded as ‘Asia’s Major’, Stacy Lewis said:
“It's definitely nice to be back where I won and on a golf course that I'm comfortable with, and you know, we had many fun with the photo call there. Actually got up in the scoreboard and kind of poked my head out. So we had a good time with it, and you know, it's just cool to be back and everybody is still kind of congratulating me from last year.”
"People are talking about Inbee Park, Suzanne Pettersen and myself but none of us have done as Karrie, Jessica Korda, and Anna Nordqvist in winning this year. All I would say is that this is 'a thinker's course' and I would expect the winner to be relatively experienced”, she added.
As the only LPGA-sanctioned event held in Singapore, the US$1.4 million tournament has consistently attracted stellar fields since its inception in 2008. The 2014 event proves to be no exception, with all the top ten ranked players confirming their participation alongside 53 other world elites.
Building on the overwhelming success of last year’s event, the tournament returns to the acclaimed Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club (SGC), and will take place from 27th February to 2nd March 2014.