Second-year event features 27 players, $700,000 purse
Brazil will be host for first Olympics featuring golf in 2016
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 30, 2010 – The LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) and Brasil1 today announced that the HSBC Brasil Cup 2010, a LPGA-sanctioned international golf exhibition, will be held from May 29-30, 2010 at Itanhanga Golf Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 36-hole, unofficial money event marks the second consecutive season that the LPGA will have a presence in Rio de Janeiro, where golf will debut as an Olympic Sport in 2016. This year’s edition will feature a $700,000 purse and a 27-player field, up from $500,000 and 15 players in 2009.“We are grateful to HSBC Brazil for their continued support of the LPGA in Latin America,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “As one of the world’s largest and most prestigious banking and financial service organizations, HSBC retains a substantial and successful global footprint, something in which the LPGA also takes pride. With the cooperation of a premier event producer like Brasil1, we look forward to growing the game of golf in Brazil and throughout Latin America.”
The two-day event will feature 27 players, including 2009 champion Catriona Matthew and native Brazilian Angela Park. The field also will include other top-ranked players on the Rolex Rankings from Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay and Argentina. The remainder of the field will be comprised of the top money winners from the 2009 LPGA Official Money List who elect to play."We are very proud to bring the LPGA to Brazil and South America for the second time ever, and especially to Rio de Janeiro, in 2010. Golfers and admirers of this sport represent a very strong link to the HSBC brand in Brazil and globally, and to HSBC business propositions, such as Private Bank, Premier, Business and Corporate Banking. HSBC is proud to support the growth of golf in Brazil, awarding Rio de Janeiro with a remarkable and memorable event," said Marcelo Velloso, Head of Marketing of HSBC Brazil.
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew recorded a five-shot victory last year at the HSBC Brasil Cup 2009, just five months before giving birth to her second daughter, Sophie. She went on to win the 2009 RICOH Women’s British Open, her first-career major, and play on the 2009 European Solheim Cup Team.“I am really looking forward to returning to defend my title at the HSBC Brazil Cup 2010,” said Matthew. “I very much enjoyed the event last year and winning when I was 4 months pregnant made it even more special. I think I will find the course a little less tiring this year. It is fantastic for the LPGA tour to be returning to Brazil, especially with the 2016 Olympics in mind and I think all the players are excited to hear this fantastic tournament is confirmed on our schedule.”
The Brazil event represents the second LPGA event currently title sponsored by HSBC. The banking and financial service organization also supports the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, won this year in February by Ai Miyazato.
The announcement of another sanctioned LPGA tournament for 2010 continues the momentum for the LPGA. Earlier this year, the LPGA added two new official money events to its schedule: Sybase Match Play Championship in New Jersey (May) and Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (October). The LPGA also secured Hana Bank Financial as title sponsor of its LPGA tournament in Korea (October) and signed Kia Motors America as title sponsor of its inaugural event in San Diego, held this past March.