Stellar line-up of golfers vying for this year's 'Asia's Major' and a share of US$1.4 million prize purse
January 28 2013, Singapore - The sixth HSBC Women's Champions continues to attract the best in women's golf with 63 of the world's elite female golfers heading to Sentosa Golf Club from February 28 to March 3, 2013, to battle for the 'Asia's Major' title.
Defending champion, Angela Stanford, faces the challenging task of defending her title against 18 of the world's top 20 players on the Official Rolex Rankings (as of 21 Jan 2013) at the tournament's new home, the par-72 Serapong Course. The line-up includes World No. 1 Yani Tseng, World No. 2 Na Yeon Choi, World No. 3 Stacy Lewis, World No. 4 Inbee Park and World No. 5 Shanshan Feng.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Stacy Lewis, who won four tournaments and the LPGA Player of the year award in 2012, said, "It's nice playing in Asia. I am looking forward to playing in this tournament again, and I believe it will bring another great experience to play in a new course this year. I hope I can do better in 2013, starting from this tournament."
Singapore's very own golfing talent will be competing in the Host Country Qualifying Tournament later this week from 30 to 31 January, in an attempt to secure the single coveted spot in the prestigious event. 2012's Singaporean representative Koh Sock Hwee will be competing with nine other local favourites, Christabel Goh, Jessica Ang Pei Pei, Amelia Yong, Joey Poh, Low Si Xuan, Amanda Tan, Jen Goh, Heng Su-Ann and Ji Jiali, for the honour of representing the host country in this year's tournament.
Other notable players who have confirmed their participation in the marquee women's golf event include World No. 6 Suzann Pettersen, World No. 8 Jiyai Shin, World No. 9 Ai Miyazato, World No. 10 Mika Miyazato and American favourites, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer.
In what will be the sixth edition of the tournament hosted by HSBC in Singapore, golf fans will once again enjoy the best in female golf in action here in the Garden City. The 72-hole invitation-only tournament managed to draw 49 of the top 50 golfers on the LPGA money list in 2012 and poses one of the most challenging qualification criteria of any golf event in the world. To ensure a spot in the event, a golfer must either have won an LPGA tournament in the preceding year or finished that year in the top-20 on the Official Rolex Rankings.
For more information on the HSBC Women's Champions 2013, please visit the tournament website at http://www.hsbcgolf.com/womens.
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