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WORLD’S BEST CONFIRMED FOR SENTOSA SHOWDOWN
The top ten female golfers in the world will descend on Sentosa next month as the tournament dubbed ‘Asia’s Major’ lives up to its reputation for delivering a star-studded show for Singapore’s golf fans and social set.
The HSBC Women’s Champions will return to its iconic setting on Sentosa Island for the second year from 27 February to 2 March 2014, following the success of last year’s event at the tournament’s new home at the Sentosa Golf Club.
One player clearly looking forward to the challenge is the 18 year old American Lexi Thompson. The Florida based player enjoyed a tremendous run of form at the end of last year, bagging two victories propelling her to world number nine.
Speaking about her participation in the 2014 tournament, the teenager who finished tied in eighth in 2013 said, “It’s a fantastic tournament and always attracts the best players on tour. I had a pretty strong finish last year so I’m really looking forward to coming back. The setting is beautiful overlooking the harbour and the Serapong is a great course – you really need to place the ball well on the fairways. I’m just really looking forward to it.”
Thompson confirmed her participation in the US$ 1.4m purse event along with a host of other top international contenders including world number five So Yeon Ryu
(KOR), world number six Shanshan Feng (CHN), world number seven Na Yeon Choi (KOR), world number eight Karrie Webb (AUS) and world number ten I.K. Kim (KOR). (Rolex Women’s World Golf
Rankings, 6 January 2014)
HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events Giles Morgan said, “Lexi is part of a new emerging generation of talent rising up to challenge the established champions of the women’s game and it’s going to be fascinating to see how she and some of the younger players perform. You only need to look at the roll call of previous winners to see what a tough test of golf the HSBC Women’s Champions really is – Lorena Ochoa, Karrie Webb, Ai Miyazato and reigning champion Stacy Lewis have all emerged victorious. Whoever follows in their footsteps will have to earn it the hard way.”
Speaking about the preparation of the course ahead of Singapore’s flagship event, Low Teo Ping, President of Sentosa Golf Club said, “The Serapong is in tournament condition as we speak but we’ll be looking to make a few adjustments from the end of January to make sure that the LPGA players are given a true test of their ability when they arrive here in Sentosa.
“A particular area of focus will be the tee boxes and greens. We’ll be bringing a couple of the tees back 15 – 20 yards which will hopefully see the players making better use of their drivers and the combination of fast greens and challenging pin placements should provide for some exciting golfing action,” continued Mr Low.
The tournament’s move to Sentosa last year was well received by fans as they could enjoy the island’s offerings at the end of each day’s play. Even the players took time out between their practice sessions to experience the many rides and attractions on the island resort.
CEO of Sentosa Development Corporation, Mike Barclay said, “We are delighted that golfing fans can catch a world-class sporting event at Sentosa and take the opportunity to have a fun time visiting an attraction or two, or simply dine and relax by the beach. This unique integrated leisure experience is what enhances Sentosa Golf Club’s value proposition as a choice venue for international golf tournaments.
“We look forward to welcoming the LPGA tour and golf fans from all over the world for what will undoubtedly be another very exciting tournament,” added Barclay.
The seventh edition of the HSBC Champions will see 63 of the best players in the world compete for the honour of being crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ and a share of the US$ 1.4m prize purse. With the world’s top ten players now confirmed to participate, the 27 February to 2 March tournament is set to provide the Singaporean public with yet another showcase international sporting event to savor.
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