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Golf: Fan favourites, young stars confirmed for HSBC Women’s World Championship in March

SINGAPORE — Sports fans can look forward to the return of their favorite female golfers as nine of the world’s top 10 players take part in the HSBC Women’s World Championship from March 3-6 at Sentosa Golf Club, organizers announced Thursday (January 27th).

As part of safe management measures, the tournament will once again take place behind closed doors, although last year’s edition allowed up to 250 fans – all corporate guests – daily.

Along with defending champion Kim Hyo-joo, last year’s US Women’s Open champion and young Japanese talent Yuka Saso will make her tournament debut at the Tanjong course.

But it won’t be the first time the 20-year-old has taken to the course, having reached a four-way shoot-off at the Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific 2018. She eventually lost to 18-year-old Thai teenager Atthaya Thitikul , which will also return to Sentosa.

World No. 9 Saso, who landed six top 10 finishes last year, said she was looking forward to competing in Singapore

The Filipino-born player added: “Having spent a lot of time growing up in the Philippines, it’s not quite my home, but it will definitely feel closer to home.

“I know the course well having played it as an amateur in 2018, so hopefully I can play well in the conditions and push for a good result.”

Newly crowned Major winner Minjee Lee, who won the Amundi Evian Championship in July, will also return to Singapore. Her best result in the tournament was in 2019 when she finished second.

The Australian world No. 6 said: “The HSBC Women’s World Championship is one of the big events on the Tour and one that I always have fond memories of, whether playing on an invitational for the first time as a rookie or some good results I’ve had over the years.

“I’m sorry some of my club fans can’t make the trip from Perth, but it’s just great to have the tournament on the schedule this year. I can’t wait to get back there.”

Other players to play in Singapore include major winners Brooke Henderson and Danielle Kang, Thai sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn and Japanese world No. 7 Nasa Hataoka.

Canadian Henderson, who finished second with Kang in 2018, returns to the tournament after three years.

She said: “It’s a great course and one of the best leagues we’ve ever played on the Tour. I know all the players are really excited to see it back on the schedule again this year so a big thumbs up to everyone who makes it happen.”

Although the tournament remains a behind-closed-doors affair, fans will be able to catch the action on HubSports.

Grant Slack, executive vice president and general manager of golf events at tournament organizer IMG, added: “Last year’s tournament played a pivotal role in bringing elite golf back to the region and While we share fans’ disappointment that the 2022 edition will once again be a limited attendance event, we hope the Singapore golf community will be proud to see the return of such a prestigious tournament to Sentosa.

“Once again the Championship has an incredibly strong field and we are very pleased that so many of the best players in the world are once again heading to Singapore.”