Jan 16th, 2023
Ko and Korda heading to HSBC Women’s World Championship
World No.1 and 2 to tee it up at Sentosa Golf Club in March
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All three players have held the No 1 position during 2022 and will be looking for a strong start in 2023 to try to hold or reclaim their position at the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and with only 0.49 points separating the top two spots.
Lydia Ko, following a win at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship last year, returned to No.1 in the world for the first time since the summer of 2017. After a season that saw her win three times, she also won LPGA Player of the Year and the Vare Trophy for low scoring average of a remarkable 68.99.
Looking to better her highest finish of tied seventh at next year’s HSBC Women’s World Championship, Ko said: “I had an amazing year and to finish the season with a win and a return to the top of the world rankings was very special. Looking ahead to next season, Singapore is one of my favourite cities to visit and the HSBC Women’s World Championship is definitely an event I would love to win one day. It always has such a strong field and an amazing list of past champions that it would be such an honour to add my name to the list.”
Korda, who also had a November to remember, capturing her first title in 12 months after health issues saw her side-lined for four months earlier in the year. Her win at the Pelican Women’s Championship briefly returned Korda to World No. 1 until Ko won a week later.
This year marks the 15th edition of the HSBC Women’s World Championship and remarkably, of the 14 previous winners, 12 are Major champions, lending yet further credibility to the player’s claim that this is ‘Asia’s Major.’
Kee Joo Wong, CEO HSBC Singapore said: “HSBC Women’s World Championship is firmly established as a truly world-class event and showcases our commitment to opening up opportunities in women’s sport. We are thrilled to see such a stellar lineup for the 15th anniversary of the tournament and excited to welcome fans back this year. Few places, if any, offer all the ingredients we have in Singapore. A dynamic global hub, the world’s best golfers, and the incredible setting of Sentosa, will make for another thrilling edition of ‘Asia’s Major’.”
The 72-hole stroke play tournament will once again be played on the renowned Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, which hosts its tenth edition of the tournament. Sentosa Golf Club is a leading light in driving sustainability initiatives in golf around the world and was recently named 'World's Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility' at the annual World Golf Awards.
For more information on the HSBC Women’s World Championship and all the latest news, please visit the tournament website at https://www.hsbcgolf.com/womens