​​​​​​World no.1 Feng set to light up the course at HSBC Women’s World Championship 2018-01-31

HSBC Women's World Championship - Feng Shanshan

HSBC Women's World Championship - Lexi Thompson & Lydia Ko

Singapore, 31 January 2018 – China’s Shanshan Feng will spearhead an all-­‐star field at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March, as the world number one sets her sights on claiming a maiden victory at the prestigious tournament.

Feng rose to the top of the standings following a fine run of form at the end of 2017 that saw her clinch back-­‐to-­‐back victories in China and Japan in November, following a second-­‐place finish in Malaysia in October. The affable 28-­‐year old will be hoping a return to her happy hunting grounds in Asia will enable her to lift a trophy that has eluded her in the ten years she has been playing on the LPGA Tour.

With all of the world’s top-­‐ten ranked players confirming their participation in the tournament, that will be no easy feat. Recognised for fielding one of the most competitive fields in the LPGA Tour calendar, the 2018 edition of the HSBC Women’s World Championship looks set to live up to its new championship status.

In addition to defending champion Inbee Park and the quintet of 2017 major winners already announced, the New Tanjong course is set to feature the likes ofU.S.A.’s Lexi Thompson, South Korean In Gee Chun, and three former world number ones in Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand),Cristie Kerr (U.S.A.), and Lydia Ko (New Zealand), in what is shaping up to be one of the true spectacles in the tournament’s stellar 10-­‐year history.

Speaking about her chances in this year’sedition of the HSBC Women’s World Championship, which takes place from 1 – 4 March at the Sentosa Golf Club, Feng said:

“I had a great end to 2017 and then took a bit of time off to rest and I’m nowraring to go again. It was good to get back out on course again last week in the Bahamas and I’m really looking forward to playing back in Asia. That’s where I feel most at home and I guessit’s no surprise that that’s where I play my best golf.

“The HSBC Women’s World Championship is one of the top events weget to play in every year. It’s always super-­‐competitive and you need to be at the top of your game to win it. Hopefully I can bring my best game this year!” added Feng.

Another player who knows something about winning is20-­‐time tour winner, Cristie Kerr. The American muscled her way back into the top tenin 2017, with 10 top-­‐ten finishes, including wins at the LOTTE Championship and Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, proving that at40 years of age, she still has what it takes to compete at thevery top of the game.

Kerr said: “I’m looking forward to coming back to Singapore to compete in the HSBC Women’s World Championship. 2017 was a great year for me and I’m looking forward to carrying that momentum into this season. Singapore’s always tough though. The conditions are challenging and it’s always a very strong field, but I’m looking forward to getting back out there and giving it my best shot.”

Matching the all-­‐star cast will be four days of unmissable entertainment off the course, with the festival concept again underpinning the tournament’s reputation as one of themost fun events on the LPGA schedule. The popular Saturday Music Festival will again return, with popular Korean Pop Group MONSTA X confirmed as the headling act, in what promises to be an entertaining spectacle leading up to the final day of golfing action.

Tickets for the HSBC Women’s World Championship are on sale now with early bird promotions until the end of January. For more information on the HSBC Women’s World Championship 2018,please visit the tournament website at https://www.hsbcgolf.com/womens