HSBC has extended sponsorship of its flagship Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) event through 2020. This is in tandem with HSBC Women’s World Championship return to the New Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on March 2019.
The tournament was renamed the HSBC Women’s World Championship after 10 years as the HSBC Women’s Champions. This was in lieu with its 11th edition, which took place earlier this year. Michelle Wie (pictured) sealed victory over a world-class field with a final putt on the 18th green for her first win on tour since the 2014 US Women’s Open.
“This event is a very special one to everyone on the tour. Working together, HSBC and the LPGA have built something unique. I know that everyone will be excited to hear that HSBC has extended their commitment to this fantastic tournament,” Wie said.
According to the release, the flagship event in women’s golf has evolved over the past decade and the change in name “reflects its hard-earned reputation of ‘Asia’s Major’”.
“We have enjoyed fantastic support from the players and we have always attracted the best of the best; just look at our previous winners, legends of the game from all corners of the globe – Mexico’s Lorena Ochoa, Karrie Webb from Australia, Ai Miyazato from Japan, US star Paula Creamer and Angela Stanford, South Korean legend Inbee Park and the ever popular and always charming Michelle Wie,” Tony Cripps, HSBC’s chief executive officer, Singapore said. “We are especially thankful to the Singapore Tourism Board for all of their support and for sharing our commitment to continue to grow this great event,” he added.
Jean Ng, director, sports, Singapore Tourism Board added said, "The continued presence of a world-class sports event like this on our calendar also adds vibrancy to and boosts Singapore’s appeal as a sports and entertainment hub."