HSBC Women’s Champions preview: World-class field expected to dazzle

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HSBC Women’s Champions preview: World-class field expected to dazzle

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HSBC Women’s Champions preview: World-class field expected to dazzle

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With 23 of the top 25 players in the world on hand in Singapore, “Asia’s Major” takes center stage on the new Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club.

To kick off the 10th HSBC Women’s Champions, five high-profile players – Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Ha Na Jang and Michelle Wie – took part in a dazzling photo call in downtown Singapore with sequined dresses and a laser show. Both Creamer (2014 champion) and Wie are competing this week on sponsor exemptions.

SINGAPORE - March 01 : Paula Creamer of the United States poses during a photo call prior to the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club on February 27th, 2017 in Singapore. Players were invited to 'Own The Stage' prior to the tournament, which will be hosted on the new Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club from 2nd to 5th March, the 10th Anniversary of the HSBC Women's Champions. (photo by Russel Wong/HSBC via Getty Images)

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SINGAPORE - March 01 : Michelle Wie of the United States poses during a photo call prior to the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club on February 27th, 2017 in Singapore. Players were invited to 'Own The Stage' prior to the tournament, which will be hosted on the new Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club from 2nd to 5th March, the 10th Anniversary of the HSBC Women's Champions. (photo by Russel Wong/HSBC via Getty Images)

Michelle Wie (Getty Images)

“This event always delivers great entertainment as well as great golf,” said Thompson, “and as a player it’s one you mark in the calendar as ‘Do Not Miss.’ ”

Jang endured a controversial week last year in Singapore after she was involved in the accidental injury of countrywoman In Gee Chun at the airport. Jang, of course, went on to win and delight the crowd with her Beyonce-inspired dance on the 18th. No player has ever won this event twice.

“Last year was a huge moment for me,” said Jang, “and it’s great to be here to defend my crown and celebrate 10 years of the tournament in such spectacular style.”

SINGAPORE - March 01 : Ha Na Jang poses with the trophy during a photo call prior to the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club on February 27th, 2017 in Singapore.  Players were invited to 'Own The Stage' prior to the tournament, which will be hosted on the new Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club from 2nd to 5th March, the 10th Anniversary of the HSBC Women's Champions. (photo by Russel Wong/HSBC via Getty Images)

Ha Na Jang (Getty Images)

Jang won for a fourth time on the LPGA earlier this year at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

South Korean star Sung Hyun Park makes her long-awaited 2017 LPGA rookie debut this week. Park made seven starts on the LPGA in 2016 and finished in the top 13 in six of them. She also finished in the top three in two of the season’s five majors.

Players will face a new test this week in the Tanjong Course. 2015 HSBC champion Inbee Park expects players to be in attack mode.

“I think there’s going to be more birdies and better scores here on this golf course,” said Park, “and obviously this golf course is fairly new. But considering that, I think the course is in good condition. Greens are a little bit slower than what we are used to, but I think it may get faster as the week goes on.”

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