The Tanah Merah Country Club welcomes back the reigning "Champion of Champions" Karrie Webb after an outstanding finish last season when she defeated JLPGA star Chie Arimura by one stroke with a four-day tally of 13-under-par 275. It is the second best finish in tournament history behind Lorena Ochoa's 20-under-par 268 in 2008. This win marked her 37th victory in her 16-year career and is only the second player to cross the $16 million mark in career earnings (Annika Storenstam). Webb went on to win her 38th win at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup just weeks after.
Several competitors in the top 10 of the Rolex Rankings list for 2012 are slated to be in the field this week including, No. 1 Yani Tseng and No. 7 Jiyai Shin.
Tseng is coming off her 13th LPGA win last weekend at the Honda LPGA Thailand, finishing just one stroke ahead of Ai Miyazato. At the 2011 HSBC Women's Champions, Tseng placed third after falling just three strokes behind Webb's pace.
Shin is looking for her first LPGA victory since 2010 (Mizuno Classic and Evian Masters.) She won her first LPGA career event at the 2009 HSBC Women's Champions and went on to record two more victories that season at the Wegmans LPGA and the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship.
Rolex Rankings No. 11 Miyazato will also be on the "must watch" list for the 2012 season after finishing in second at the Honda LPGA Thailand last weekend. She was the 2010 "Champion of Champions" and recorded four other victories that season.
Other top competitors likely to breakout this weekend include Amy Yang, Jimin Kang, ShanShan Feng, Amanda Blumenherst, Stacy Lewis, Jenny Shin, and Karrie Webb, who all finished in the top 10 at the Honda LPGA Thailand last weekend.