Men’s golf – okay, Tiger Woods – stole most of the headlines last year, and it was usually on account of what was happening away from the fairways and greens. Meanwhile, the world’s best women golfers fought tooth-and-nail for the coveted number-one position.
Now we can watch their ongoing struggle firsthand, thanks to the return of Singapore’s important LPGA Tour event, the HSBC Women’s Champions, next month. This fourth edition of “Asia’s Major” looks like it will be bigger and better than ever.
For Japan’s Ai Miyazato (pictured), winning the 2010 HSBC Women’s Champions proved the springboard to an incredibly successful twelve months, in which she claimed an impressive five tour victories. For a considerable chunk of the year, she was the number-one ranked female golfer in the world. Her chances of being named the best female golfer in 2010 only evaporated when she played a bad opening round in a tournament in Florida in December.
“I couldn’t have dreamt that I would win so many titles and reach the number one spot for a time,” said Miyazato about her achievements, “so I’m really determined to defend my HSBC Women’s Champions title in February.”
Miyazato is just one of the big names in women’s golf who will return to the Tanah Merah Country Club for this year’s instalment of the tournament.
No surprises that they’re all keen to perform well in Singapore. Aside from an increased prize fund of US$1.4 million this year, there’s the knowledge that the 2010 event boasted the strongest field ever seen in Asia, including the top 55 players from the previous season’s official money list.
The HSBC Women’s Champions takes place from 24 to 27 February at the Tanah Merah Country Club.
For more information, visit www.hsbcgolf.com