Contents Welcome Messages 3 5 7 9 11
Welcome from HSBC Welcome from HSBC Singapore Welcome from IMG Welcome from LPGA Welcome from Tanah Merah Country Club
Features and Event Information 13 Sponsors’ Acknowledgements & Prize Money Breakdown 15 Schedule of the Week & Spectator Guide 16-19 2011 HSBC Women’s Champions Review and 2012 HSBC Women’s Champions Preview 20-23 HSBC Championing Golf Worldwide 25-27 HSBC Singapore Supports Local Host Qualifier Star 29 Player Entries & Qualifying Criteria 42 HSBC Interactive Village 43 Interactive Village Map 44 Map of the Tanah Merah Course 45-47 Hole Guide 48 Acknowledgements
Player Profiles 31 32 33 35 37 38 39 41
Karrie Webb; Yani Tseng Suzann Pettersen; Na Yeon Choi Cristie Kerr; Paula Creamer Jiyai Shin; I.K. Kim; Brittany Lincicome Stacy Lewis; Ai Miyazato; Amy Yang Shanshan Feng; Ji Hee Lee; Morgan Pressel Angela Stanford; Michelle Wie; Catriona Matthew Maria Hjorth; Inbee Park; Mika Miyazato
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Welcome from hsbc Welcome to the Tanah Merah Country Club and to the HSBC Women’s Champions 2012. Over the past four years we’ve come to expect the unexpected here in Singapore, and have enjoyed watching four different winners from Australia, Japan, South Korea and Mexico take the title. In this, the fifth year of the HSBC Women’s Champions, I’ve no doubt we’re in for more excitement as 37-time LPGA winner and defending champion Karrie Webb returns to compete with world-class contenders including Yani Tseng and Michelle Wie. For all of us at HSBC it’s a matter of great honour and pride that this competition has evolved so quickly to become both a key event in the global sports calendar and a showcase for a new breed of champions. Golf is a fast-growing sport here in Asia, and the HSBC Women’s Champions is a great inspiration for players at all levels – from aspiring youngsters to experienced professionals and the many thousands of leisure players across this continent. As many fans will know, HSBC’s sponsorship of the Women’s Champions is part of a long-term pledge to promote top-class golf across the globe. We support high-profile tournaments from Shanghai to Abu Dhabi and Brazil as well as a range of grassroots initiatives within the communities in which we do business, especially those in emerging markets. We do this because we believe golf shares our core values of integrity and fair play, and reflects our commitment to excellence through dedication to our customers. In the meantime, I wish all the competitors in the HSBC Women’s Champions 2012 the very best of luck. The quality of this event is testament to their talent, but we must also acknowledge and appreciate the vital work of those behind the scenes – from the volunteers to everyone at the Tanah Merah Country Club, our partners IMG and our co-sponsors. Thank you all and enjoy!
Peter Wong Chief Executive The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
Welcome from hsbc singapore Welcome to the 2012 HSBC Women’s Champions. The HSBC Women’s Champions is now firmly established as one of the world’s top golf tournaments for women and a highlight of Singapore’s sporting calendar. HSBC supports golf because of the positive values the game promotes – fair play, respect, courage and integrity – which are aligned with our own values as an organisation. We believe that golf can play an important role in the development of life skills and values in young people which is why we also support grassroots development programmes here in Singapore and across the world. We at HSBC are proud to bring to you this world-class golf tournament now in its fifth year. We would like to thank you – our clients and guests, players and their caddies, spectators and officials – for your tremendous support in making the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore such a success. We wish you a memorable and exciting experience.
Alex Hungate Group General Manager and Chief Executive Officer HSBC Singapore
Welcome from img Welcome to the fifth HSBC Women’s Champions. This event is now firmly established on the LPGA schedule and each year it continues to grow in prestige and build on the previous very successful editions held at the acclaimed Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore. It was an enthralling 2011 season on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and one where we witnessed Yani Tseng break record after record and become the undisputed World Number One. She won 12 times around the world and became the youngest player, male or female, to win five Majors and we are very happy to welcome Yani here to seek her first HSBC Women’s Champions title. We are also delighted to welcome back our defending Champion and seven-time Major winner, Karrie Webb, who won by one shot last year from Japan’s impressive Chie Arimura, in an enthralling final day. With 18 of the World’s Top 20 here, hoping to claim the ‘champions of champions’ crown, this tournament is guaranteed to start the year off on the highest of notes. IMG is very proud of this tournament and the partnership we have with HSBC as our title sponsor. This is, without doubt, one of the players’ favourite events on the Tour with HSBC leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the event lives up to it’s unofficial title of ‘Asia’s Major.’ Tanah Merah Country Club provides the excellent facilities and a perfectly conditioned course on which the World’s best women golfers will set the tone for the 2012 season to come. The synergies between HSBC and this event resonate with their local customers being treated to a wonderful golfing experience. Beyond Singapore, a global audience will witness the action across TV and new media with excitement and drama on every hole. We would like to thank HSBC and all of our co-sponsors as without them the HSBC Women’s Champions would not be possible. We hope that you have a wonderful four days of golfing action in Singapore as you watch the world’s best women’s golfers do battle. Good luck to all the players competing this week.
Senior Vice President Global Co-Managing Director – IMG Golf
Senior Vice President Global Co-Managing Director – IMG Golf
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Welcome from lpga On behalf of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), welcome to the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore. When 13 women joined together to form the LPGA in 1950, they had one goal in mind: leave the game better than they found it. Today, we continue that mission with tournaments in 13 countries around the world. Our players are golf’s best ambassadors and they continue to leave their mark inside – and outside – the ropes in every community and country we visit. At the LPGA, we challenge fans to “See Why It’s Different Out Here,” as we truly believe that our athletes are unlike any others in the world. They are the best female golfers on the planet, but they are also friendly, approachable, and committed to leaving the game better than they found it – just like the LPGA Founders did more than 60 years ago. We hope that this week you will experience just what makes the LPGA unique. From the approachability of our players to our Olympic-like tournament fields, we are proud to be the longest-running women’s sports organisation in the world. At this tournament, you will not only see the most talented golfers in the world, but also the best role models in sport. Currently, the LPGA is experiencing tremendous growth. Our tournament schedule is expanding, our television viewership is up nearly 40 percent, and our sponsorship levels have jumped dramatically in 2012. None of this would be possible without the partnership of companies like HSBC. I would like to personally thank HSBC’s Global Sponsorship team for their commitment to women’s golf around the world. I would also like to commend the work of IMG and the tournament staff, the wonderful volunteer corps, and you, the fans, who make this tournament – and our Tour – what it is today. Enjoy the tournament and don’t forget to visit the LPGA on Twitter, Facebook and LPGA.com! Sincerely,
Michael Whan LPGA Fan and Commissioner
Welcome from tanah merah country club Tanah Merah Country Club (TMCC) is honoured to be hosting the HSBC Womenâ€™s Champions for the fifth consecutive year. It is our privilege to welcome you once again to this prestigious event, and we look forward to bringing you four days of exciting golf at our Garden Course. This year, we have 63 of the worldâ€™s top female golfers from 14 different countries contending for the US$1.4 million prize money. Among the greats of the game who will be teeing off are 2011 champion, Karrie Webb of Australia, as well as current leaders in the Rolex Rankings, Yani Tseng of Taiwan and Suzann Pettersen of Norway. They will be battling it out with other star contenders such as Jiyai Shin of Korea, Ai Miyazato of Japan and Paula Creamer of USA. Garden Course has been painstakingly prepared to be a worthy ground for the showdown between the luminaries of the ladies golfing world. As we anticipate this golfing tournament of champions, I would like to thank HSBC, the title sponsor, for making this signature event possible. My gratitude also goes to our Club President and the General Committee as well as the Coordinating Committee, for their dedication, commitment and efforts to ensure that this event is successfully staged. Last but not least, I acknowledge the officials, volunteers, staff, spectators, media and our members whose cooperation and support continue to underpin the success of the event. I wish all the players the very best and every success. To all spectators, may I wish you a most enjoyable and memorable experience at TMCC over the next four days.
Ng Kee Choe Chairman Tanah Merah Country Club
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Pos Purse 1 $210,000 2 $132,846 3 $96,370 4 $74,550 5 $60,004 6 $49,094 7 $41,094 8 $36,003 9 $32,366 10 $29,457 11 $27,274 12 $25,456 13 $23,856 14 $22,401 15 $21,092 16 $19,928 17 $18,911 18 $18,038 19 $17,311 20 $16,728 21 $16,147 22 $15,564 23 $14,983 24 $14,401 25 $13,892 26 $13,383 27 $12,873 28 $12,364 29 $11,855 30 $11,419 31 $10,982 32 $10,546 33 $10,109
Pos Purse 34 $9,673 35 $9,310 36 $8,946 37 $8,583 38 $8,219 39 $7,855 40 $7,564 41 $7,273 42 $6,983 43 $6,691 44 $6,400 45 $6,182 46 $5,964 47 $5,746 48 $5,527 49 $5,309 50 $5,091 51 $4,946 52 $4,800 53 $4,654 54 $4,510 55 $4,364 56 $4,218 57 $4,073 58 $3,927 59 $3,783 60 $3,637 61 $3,564 62 $3,491 63 $3,418 Total: $1,316,000
SCHEDULE OF THE WEEK Monday 20th February
Official Practice Day
Tuesday 21 February
Official Practice Day
Wednesday 22nd February Pro-Am Day Thursday 23rd February
Round One of HSBC Women’s Champions Gates Open 8.00am / Play to commence at approximately 8:25am * Estimated time of finish 3.30pm
Friday 24th February
Round Two of HSBC Women’s Champions Gates Open 8:00am / Play to commence at approximately 8:25am * Estimated time of finish 3:30pm
Saturday 25th February
Round Three of HSBC Women’s Champions Gates Open 8:00am / Play to commence at approximately 8:25am * Estimated time of finish 3:30pm
Sunday 26th February
Round Four of HSBC Women’s Champions Gates Open 8:00am / Play to commence at approximately 8:25am * Estimated time of finish 3:30pm
Prize Presentation to take place on the 18th green immediately after play. Times are approximate. * Exact tee-off times will be subject to final decision and announcement from the Tournament Director.
HSBC SPECTATOR GUIDE Sixty three of the world’s best female golfers are here at Tanah Merah Country Club but the HSBC Women’s Champions is more than just a fantastic golf tournament. Here’s some important information that will help you enjoy a great day out for the entire family. Golf is a game of etiquette for players and spectators so there are some important rules to remember when following the action at ‘Asia’s Major’. NO CAMERAS OR MOBILE PHONES or other messaging or photographic equipment are permitted on the course at any time. Flashes, ring tones and beepers are an annoyance to everyone, especially the players. There are areas off the course where you will be able to use them without disturbing play. Please refer to the course map for these locations. PLEASE ENSURE ALL MOBILE PHONES ARE ON SILENT at all timeS. OBEY THE MARSHALS & STAY BEHIND THE ROPES Marshals are there to help the event run smoothly so please follow their instructions and stay behind the rope lines to ensure that everyone enjoys the world class golf without affecting play. STAND STILL & KEEP QUIET DURING PLAY The slightest movement, noise or distraction can affect the players’ concentration. Please help them to play their best by remaining motionless and quiet as they prepare and take their shot. However, feel free to celebrate and cheer them if they hit a good shot. NO AUTOGRAPHS DURING PLAY Please do not disturb the players during play and they will be more likely to spend time signing autographs after their hard work is done. BE RESPECTFUL TO ALL Let’s follow the players’ example of good sportsmanship – whether they are your favourite or not, all the players deserve respect and encouragement.
Karrie spins her Webb of success in Singapore AUSTRALIAN Karrie Webb’s thrilling one-shot win at last year’s HSBC Women’s Champions confirmed her place as one of the most successful players in the history of the women’s game. The final hole victory at Tanah Merah for the 36-yearold – her 37th title on the LPGA Tour – followed her prediction on the Saturday night that it would be a battle to the very last shot against Chie Arimura. The tough Japanese competitor stayed right with the pace and had a 25-foot putt at the last to force a play-off with the legend of the women’s game. Webb said: “I’m
happy to be slinking away with a one-shot win. Chie was in with a chance all the way. She really toughed it out.” The champion’s 15-year career has brought her 38 LPGA Tour wins, membership of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame, and her $210,000 prize in Singapore made her only the second player in LPGA Tour history to cross the $16 million mark in career earnings, following in the footsteps of Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam. Spectators will recall Webb’s delight at Tanah Merah, an emotion which matched her joy at her first title – the Women’s British Open at Woburn in 1995. On that last
day of the 2011 HSBC Women’s Champions, Webb, who had trailed the battling Arimura for much of the tournament, was a daunting three behind leaving the tenth green, but came home in 33 to add a 69 to her earlier scores of 70, 66 and 70. At the half-way turn on the final day, fans had anticipated that the winner would probably be World No.1 Yani Tseng, who was seeking to make it her fifth win in as many weeks. However, it wasn’t to be and the key to Webb’s win could have been her confidence with her putter. “Those six-to-ten footers don’t get any easier as you get older. But I work hard on my putting and I`ve reached the point where I’m pretty sure I can put a good stroke on the ball,” she said. Webb is back this week to try and do what no other player has achieved – successfully defend the HSBC Women’s Champions title. The past winners list read like a Who’s Who of women’s golf with Lorena Ochoa (2008), Jiyai Shin (09), Ai Miyazato (10) and Webb (11) the successful players who have lifted the trophy. Mexico’s Ochoa retired from the game in 2010 but the other previous winners are teeing it up in the hope that they can add to their previous victory here at Tanah Merah. Also in the field are nine of the current top ten on the Rolex Ranking including all the top five – Yani Tseng,
Karrie Webb watches her pitch shot to the 16th green as Chie Arimura looks on during the final round of the 2011 HSBC Women’s Champions.
Paula Creamer wears a traditional Japanese dress alongside Ai Miyazato during a photocall at the Fairmont Hotel prior to the start of the 2011 HSBC Women’s Champions at Tanah Merah Country Club.
World No.1 Yani Tseng signs autographs after the third round of the 2011 HSBC Women’s Champions. Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer. Tseng has been voted the LPGA Tour’s Player of the Year for the past two seasons with ten victories in that period. She won three titles in 2010, including two Majors and last year stepped into the winner’s circle seven times – again with two Major titles. Indeed, all the Major winners from last year’s LPGA Tour are in the field this week with Tseng being joined by first time Major champions Stacy Lewis and So Yeon Ryu, who won their first Major titles at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the US Women’s Open respectively. The stellar field is completed by tournament invitees
Laura Davies and Melissa Reid, who received an invite for their performances in Europe’s tremendous victory in the Solheim Cup last year. Davies, a veteran of 12 Solheim Cups, is one of the most successful golfers of the modern era with 44 wins on the Ladies European Tour (LET), 20 on the LPGA Tour and four Majors. Fellow Englishwoman, Reid, who turned professional in 2007 at the age of 20, has already won three times on the LET, including two last year. A total of 20 out of the 22 players who participated in last year’s Solheim Cup are in action this week in what is undoubtedly one of the strongest fields of the year. n
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HSBC Championing Golf Worldwide GOLF is gradually moving into one of the most significant periods of growth, geographically, in the history of the game. Combined with the increased number of quality courses springing up in Southeast Asia and China and the arrival of world-class tournaments, the sport is booming in this part of the world. With golf making its reappearance at the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016, funding for the game in countries that don’t have a tradition of golf is increasing as they aim to achieve Olympic status. This will create more awareness and interest in the game, unearthing and nurturing new talent. Golf cannot survive and prosper without support and of all the corporate sponsors HSBC has been at the forefront of widening the horizons of the game. Since introducing the HSBC Champions in Shanghai
Robert Rock of England is presented with the winner’s trophy by Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, at last month’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
in 2005, the bank has spearheaded the establishment of world-class golf in Asia and taken Asian golf to new heights. The HSBC Champions has earned the title of ‘Asia’s Major’ and the HSBC Women’s Champions has followed suit to become known as ‘Asia’s Major’ in the women’s game. In just four editions, three very different but very deserving members of the small and exclusive club of golfers to have been ranked World Number One plus, in defending champion Karrie Webb, a fourth, who would have had an iron grip on that title had it existed when she was the dominant force in the game. “The HSBC Women’s Champions is the biggest LPGA event in Asia.” is the verdict of 2009 winner Jiyai Shin. Webb declares: “It’s a great event from when we first arrive to when we leave. We get looked after very, very 4
Suzann Pettersen (left) and Cristie Kerr at Botafogo beach during the 2011 HSBC LPGA Brazil Cup in Rio. well. We stay in great hotels, there’s great hospitality and we play on a great, challenging golf course! We’d like it like that every week.” World Number One Yani Tseng, a huge fan of Singapore since her days playing amateur tournaments in the Lion City, says: “It’s one of the best tournaments we ever play.” Yani, like Webb, expands on her praise of the overall package of the tournament week, and not just the quality of the golf: “We’ve got all the best players in the world challenging. It’s always very tough to win the HSBC Women’s Champions,” says last year’s double Major champion, seven-time winner and Player of the Year on the LPGA with 11 wins worldwide. “You have to play so well to be among the great players, which is fun. It’s always very enjoyable in Singapore – it’s a place I love. The hospitality is second to none. I have so many good friends here and I always look forward to coming back.”
Confidence Jiyai, meanwhile, agrees with Yani’s description of the event as Asia’s best, saying: “All the events are very important, but the HSBC Women’s Champions feels like a really big tournament. It’s a beautiful course and a nice city. The tournament comes early in the year, and when you win, it feels like you’ve made a good start and it gives you confidence at the beginning of the season, too.” As well as bringing the HSBC Women’s Champions to Singapore, making the HSBC Champions Asia’s first World Golf Championships event has been a landmark for golf in the region. It’s no coincidence that Tiger Woods has repeatedly referred to the tournament as the “crowning jewel of all
Giles Morgan, HSBC Group Head of Sponsorship, pictured with Martin Kaymer after the Ryder Cup star won the 2011 WGC-HSBC Champions. of Asian golf”. Winners of this tournament’s “brother” event have included Martin Kaymer, Francesco Molinari, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Asia’s first male Major winner Y.E. Yang. But helping to establish a world-class event in Asia as winter closes in on golf’s traditional heartlands has also significantly increased the star power available to the region’s other events at the time, whether they’re in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong or even Australia.
Partnering More recently, partnering the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has helped make the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship the highest-quality event in the Middle East. In terms of World Ranking points last month’s Championship is expected to show that it had the strongest field ever seen in the region, and was also one of the strongest stand-alone tournaments in European Tour history. In addition, HSBC is also leading the introduction
Australian legend Karrie Webb has something to bang the drum about after shooting a final round 69 to finish one shot ahead of Chie Arimura and win the 2011 HSBC Women’s Champions. of international tournament golf ahead of the sport’s re-emergence at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro by staging the HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup. Although, a limited-field two-day ‘boutique’ event, it has, until this year, been the country’s only truly global professional golf tournament. As well as committing to spreading the game worldwide HSBC also has a longer-term goal in creating the legacy of its premier tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes.
Golf Roots Scheme Through Singapore’s HSBC Youth Golfers Programme, the HSBC China Junior Golf Programme and the HSBC Golf Roots scheme in the UK, sustainable long-term structures and frameworks have been created for the future of golf in those regions. HSBC Youth Golf Challenge tournaments are played throughout the year in Singapore, reaching thousands of children of all levels. They provide the opportunity to learn, improve, compete and excel in a sport that they can enjoy throughout their lives. Whether or not they choose to pursue a professional career, they will be armed with the skills to play a sport that can last them a lifetime, In China the HSBC-sponsored China National Junior
Team, the HSBC China Junior Open and the HSBC National Junior Golf Championship provide a year-long series of tournaments designed to give China’s elite junior golfers the competitive platform they need to develop their game. In the UK, the HSBC Golf Roots programme is the largest and most successful junior golf development project in the British Isles. “It’s important to us that our sponsorships not only communicate the HSBC brand and its values, but that they also reflect the way we go about our business,” explains Giles Morgan, HSBC’s Group Head of Sponsorship. “That’s why we invest in longer-term growth and development, in the future of the sport and of the host cities and countries. We’re starting to see the first of the children who grew up competing in our junior championships in China, competing with professionals. We hope to see something similar in Singapore in the next few years.” This approach, coupled with the sport’s return to the Olympic movement, is going to result in HSBC’s name being synonymous with a period of unprecedented growth for golf. Even the new cornerstone of HSBC’s involvement in golf with the guardians of the game, The Royal & Ancient, as official banking Patron to The Open Championship, is contributing to that end. n
FEAST OF TALENT: 22 year old Koh Sock Hwee (pictured above and below) enjoys the spoils of victory after winning the Host Country Qualifier at Tanah Merah Country Club to play in the HSBC Women’s Champions.
HSBC Singapore supports local host qualifier star As part of the HSBC Women’s Champions 2012 event, the tournament offered one sponsor invite to the highest performing local player from the Host Country Qualifying tournament. Over a two-day period in January, 10 of Singapore’s best female golfers battled it out on the Championship course at Tanah Merah Country Club for a place in this year’s prestigious event. The Qualifier saw some scintillating golf played across the two days on the competition’s challenging Garden Course, as the players competed for the coveted spot in the 2012 edition of ‘Asia’s Major’. Day one of the HSBC Women’s Champions 2012 Host Country Qualifiers saw Amanda Tan at the top of the leaderboard. The youngest Singaporean player
to contend for the place at just 12 years old, led the trio of teenagers who finished in the top three after the first day’s play. With a score of 76 after 18 holes, Tan held a one-stroke advantage over her closest competitor and 2008 Qualifier, Amelia Yong, on what was a beautifully sunny morning at the Tanah Merah Country Club. Day two, however, saw the rise of 22 year old, Koh Sock Hwee, who demonstrated her fighting spirit to overcome her fellow competitors and produce an impressive par score of 72. Her two day winning total of 152 saw Koh claim the
TEN OF THE BEST: Koh Sock Whee heads ten of Singapore’s finest women golfers who battled it out for two days over the Garden Course for the honour of representing Singapore in ‘Asia’s Major.’ desired Host Country Qualifier invitation to compete against some of the greatest champions in the world in the fifth edition of the HSBC Women’s Champions. Speaking ahead of the tournament, Koh commented: “There’s a lot of work to do. I’m aiming to reach my peak during the tournament. I’ll be consulting my coach to see if we can work out a game plan, something to work on for the tournament. “I just want to play my best and compare where I stand amongst the world’s best players. It’s a fantastic opportunity. I can’t wait to play and I’d like to thank HSBC for providing me with this opportunity.” Koh, who currently holds a handicap of 1.4 and plays for Orchid Country Club, is one of the veterans of Singapore’s National Squad. She is ranked fourth on the Singapore Golf Association’s Women’s Order of Merit and has represented Singapore at several ASEAN competitions, most recently at the 2011
South East Asian Games where she led the team to a commendable fifth place. Koh will be competing against the best in the women’s game, including World Number One, Yani Tseng, defending champions Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie at this year’s tournament, and will be aiming to proudly fly the Singapore flag at the event. Darren Friedlander, Head of Marketing of HSBC Singapore congratulated Koh on her performance, saying: “Once again we have seen a strong field of players from Singapore all vying for a place at this year’s HSBC Women’s Champions. “Koh Sock Hwee has proven that she’s at the top of her game over the last couple of days and was a delight to watch out there on the Tanah Merah Country Club’s Garden Course. “HSBC is proud to provide this opportunity to Singapore golf and we will be supporting Koh throughout the tournament.” n
FINAL FIELD players’ LIST HSBC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS Amanda Blumenherst Christel Boeljon Chella Choi Na Yeon Choi Paula Creamer Laura Davies * Shanshan Feng Katie Futcher Sandra Gal Natalie Gulbis Sophie Gustafson Hee-Won Han Mina Harigae Maria Hjorth Katherine Hull Amy Hung Pat Hurst Vicky Hurst Eun-Hee Ji Tiffany Joh Jimin Kang
Cristie Kerr Christina Kim I.K. Kim Mindy Kim Song-Hee Kim Koh Sock Hwee (a) Candie Kung Brittany Lang Ji Hee Lee Meena Lee Stacy Lewis Brittany Lincicome Paige Mackenzie Catriona Matthew Kristy McPherson Ai Miyazato Mika Miyazato Azahara Munoz Anna Nordqvist Ryann O’Toole Se Ri Pak
Hee Young Park Inbee Park Suzann Pettersen Pornanong Phatlum Morgan Pressel Beatriz Recari Melissa Reid * So Yeon Ryu Hee Kyung Seo Jenny Shin Jiyai Shin Angela Stanford Karen Stupples Yani Tseng Momoko Ueda Wendy Ward Karrie Webb Michelle Wie Amy Yang Sun Young Yoo
Winner of the Honda LPGA Thailand completes the final field of 63. * Denotes Sponsor Invitee. (a) Denotes amateur.
Qualifying criteria The field of a maximum of 63 players (no cut) is determined as follows: l Players ranked one through twenty on the Rolex Rankings as of December 31, 2011. l Tournament winners from all official LPGA tournaments held in 2011. l HSBC Women’s Champions winners from the previous two years (2010 & 2011). l Winner of the 2012 Honda LPGA Thailand completes the final field of 63, unless already qualified to play, in which case the 63rd player will become the next on the money list. l Two Sponsor Exemptions. l Winner of the Host Country Qualifying Tournament. l The remaining spot(s) will be filled by players from the 2011 LPGA Official Money List, not otherwise qualified.
Rolex Ranking as at February 6th, 2012
Date of Birth: December 21, 1974 Birthplace: Queensland, Australia Height: 5’ 6” Career Victories: 47 DEFENDING champion Karrie Webb won her 37th LPGA Tour title here at the HSBC Women’s Champions last year and then followed it a month later with another win at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. She went on to end the season 14th on the money list with prize money of $757,671. A legend of the modern era, Webb was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005. Turning professional in 1994, joining the Ladies European Tour, the following year she won the Women’s British Open and earned Rookie of the Year honours. She qualified for the LPGA Tour at her first attempt in 1996 and won her first title in only her second tournament. She went on to win three more times that season and became the first player on the LPGA Tour to reach the $1,000,000 mark in single seasonearnings. Webb has won seven Majors and has topped the money list three times – in 1996, 1999 and 2000 and in 2002 completed the Super Career Grand Slam.
Rolex Ranking: 19
Yani Tseng Date of Birth: January 23, 1989 Birthplace: Chinese Taipei Height: 5’ 6” Career Victories: 32 YANI Tseng won seven LPGA Tour titles last year including two Major Championships to end the season as number one on the money list and on the Official Rolex Ranking. Tseng was victorious at the Wegmans LPGA Championship by 10 strokes before winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open to become the youngest ever player to win five Major Championships, beating the previous record held by Tiger Woods who was 24. She began the 2011 season with victory at the Honda LPGA Thailand and won again at the LPGA State Farm Classic before her two Major wins. She ended the season well with victories at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, the LPGA Hana Bank Championship and the inaugural Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship in her native Taiwan. She was duly named LPGA Tour Player of the Year for the second consecutive season after she won it in 2010 thanks to another double haul of Major titles.
Rolex Ranking: 1
suzann pettersen Date of Birth: April 7, 1981 Birthplace: Oslo, Norway Height: 5’ 7” Career Victories: 13
Rolex Ranking: 2
SUZANN Pettersen won twice on the LPGA Tour last season on her way to finishing fifth on the money list with prize money of $1,322,770. She won her first title of the 2011 campaign at the Sybase Match Play Championship with a 1-up victory over Cristie Kerr and three months later picked up her second title at the Safeway Classic with a play-off win over Na Yeon Choi. In addition to two wins on the LPGA Tour Pettersen picked up her fifth Ladies European Tour title at the Ladies Irish Open and was a key member in Europe’s Solheim Cup team, contributing three points from four matches. The Norwegian claimed her first LPGA Tour title and her first Major at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in 2007 with a one-shot win over Karrie Webb. She has played in the last six editions of the Solheim Cup and has a record of 12-8-5 from 25 matches.
Na yeon choi Date of Birth: October 28, 1987 Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea Height: 5’ 5” Career Victories: 10
Rolex Ranking: 3
SOUTH Korea’s Na Yeon Choi picked up her fifth LPGA Tour title last year with a one stroke victory over Yani Tseng at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia in October. She posted an additional 11 top ten finishes to end the season third on the money list, having topped the list in 2010. Choi won twice in 2010 and had four runner-up finishes as she ended the campaign as the Tour’s top prize money earner with $1,871,165. Her victories came at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger in Ohio and the LPGA Hana Bank Championship Presented by SK telecom. In 2009 Choi won her first LPGA Tour title at the Samsung World Championship in San Diego before winning the Hana Bank Kolon Championship in her homeland one month later. Choi joined the LPGA Tour in 2008 after winning four times on her native Korean LPGA Tour and posted two runner-up and nine top tens in her rookie campaign.
cristie kerr Date of Birth: October 12, 1977 Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA Height: 5’ 3” Career Victories: 14 CRISTIE Kerr finished second on the money list on the LPGA Tour last year after posting 12 top ten finishes – including three runners-up in succession – to end the year with prize money of $1,470,979. Kerr won twice on the LPGA Tour in 2010 taking her titles to 14 and became the first ever American to reach No.1 on the Rolex Ranking. She won the LPGA State Farm Classic by one stroke and two weeks later cruised to a 12 stroke victory over Song-Hee Kim at the LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans for the second Major of her career. She ended the season in third place on the money list with $1,601,551. In 2007 Kerr won her first Major at the US Women’s Open courtesy of a two shot victory over Angela Park and Lorena Ochoa. Kerr has played on the LPGA Tour since 1997, earning her card by finishing tied sixth at Qualifying School in 1996. She won her first title in 2002 at the Long Drugs Challenge and later played on the victorious US team at the Solheim Cup.
Rolex Ranking: 4
paula creamer Date of Birth: August 5, 1986 Birthplace: Mountain View, California, USA Height: 5’ 9” Career Victories: 11 PAULA Creamer posted ten top-ten finishes on the LPGA Tour last season on her way to ninth place on the money list. Creamer won her first Major at the US Women’s Open at Oakmont in 2010 – the only player to finish under par. Her three under par total gave her a four stroke win over Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen. With four top ten finishes she was tenth on the money list with earnings of $883,870. She had her best season in 2008 with four wins on the LPGA Tour. She got off to a superb start with a victory in only her second event of the season at the Fields Open in Hawaii. She then won the SemGroup Championship in May after beating Juli Inkster in a play-off and she added to her victory haul at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in July before claiming another win at the Samsung World Championship in October. Creamer was named the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2005 thanks to two wins.
Rolex Ranking: 5
Jiyai Shin Rolex Ranking: 7
Date of Birth: April 28, 1988 Birthplace: South Korea Height: 5’ 1” Career Victories: 34 JIYAI Shin had a steady season on the LPGA Tour last year with two runner-up finishes and five additional top tens on her way to finishing 15th on the money list. Shin rose to World No.1 on the Rolex Ranking in 2010 after two victories on the LPGA Tour. In 2008 Shin burst into the limelight with victory at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
I.K. Kim Rolex Ranking: 8
Date of Birth: June 13, 1988 Birthplace: South Korea Height: 5’ 3” Career Victories: 4 I.K. Kim posted ten top ten finishes last season including runner-up in her defence of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational as she ended the 2011 campaign 11th on the money list. Kim’s victory in 2010 at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational was her third on the LPGA Tour and 11 additional top ten finishes helped her end the year in seventh place on the money list.
brittany lincicome Rolex Ranking: 9
Date of Birth: September 19, 1985 Birthplace: St Petersburg, Florida, USA Height: 5’ 10” Career Victories: 5 BRITTANY Lincicome won twice last year at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the CN Canadian Women’s Open to clinch her first win since the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship – her maiden Major triumph. Lincicome highlighted her potential in 2006 when she produced a shock victory at the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship, defeating Juli Inkster.
stacy lewis Rolex Ranking: 10
Date of Birth: February 16, 1985 Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, USA Height: 5’ 5” Career Victories: 1 STACY Lewis shot to fame last year with a maiden Major victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, winning by three strokes ahead of World number one Yani Tseng. The victory was one of 12 top ten finishes which included two runners-up spots and she ended the year fourth on the money list with prize money earnings of $1,356,211.
ai miyazato Rolex Ranking: 11
Date of Birth: June 19, 1985 Birthplace: Higashi, Okinawa, Japan Height: 5’ 2” Career Victories: 23 AI Miyazato won her seventh LPGA Tour title at last season’s Evian Masters thanks to a two stroke win over America’s Stacy Lewis. Miyazato held the No.1 spot on the Rolex Ranking for 11 weeks in 2010 after claiming five victories on the LPGA Tour, including the biggest win of her career here at the HSBC Women’s Champions.
amy yang Rolex Ranking: 12
Date of Birth: July 28, 1989 Birthplace: South Korea Height: 5’ 8” Career Victories: 4 AMY Yang is a three-time winner on the Ladies European Tour but is yet to make her breakthrough on the LPGA Tour. Yang was runner-up twice on the LPGA Tour last year and posted seven top tens in total as she ended the year tenth on the money list. Yang won her first title in Europe as an amateur at the ANZ Ladies Masters in 2006 before winning twice in 2008.
shanshan feng Rolex Ranking: 13
Date of Birth: May 8, 1989 Birthplace: Beijing, China Height: 5’ 7” Career Victories: 2 SHANSHAN Feng won twice on the Japan LPGA Tour last season and posted four top tens on the LPGA Tour, including runner-up at the Mizuno Classic, in her most successful season to date. Feng first qualified to play on the LPGA Tour as an amateur in 2007 when she finished ninth at Qualifying School and she turned professional immediately after.
Ji hee lee Rolex Ranking: 15
Date of Birth: February 12, 1979 Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea Height: 5’ 7” Career Victories: JI Hee Lee turned professional in 1998 and has been a prominent figure on her native Korean LPGA Tour and the Japan LPGA Tour. Lee had a superb season on the Japan LPGA Tour last year as she broke the 100 million yen mark in earnings for only the second time in her career and finished second on the money list behind Sun Ju Ahn.
morgan pressel Rolex Ranking: 16
Date of Birth: May 23, 1988 Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, USA Height: 5’ 5” Career Victories: 3 MORGAN Pressel won her third title as a professional at the Salonpas Cup on the Japan LPGA Tour in 2010 and posted seven top ten finishes on the LPGA Tour. Pressel, who won her first title as a pro at a Major – the 2007 Kraft Nabsico Championship – almost added a second but had to settle for second place behind Yani Tseng at last year’s Wegmans LPGA Championship.
angela stanford Rolex Ranking: 17
Date of Birth: November 28, 1977 Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Height: 5’ 6” Career Victories: 4 FOUR-time LPGA Tour winner Angela Stanford had another steady season in 2011 with nine top ten finishes as she ended the year in seventh place on the money list. Stanford turned professional in 2000 and won her first title in 2003 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. She won twice in 2008 and her last win came in 2009 at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
michelle wie Rolex Ranking: 18
Date of Birth: October 11, 1989 Birthplace: Honolulu, USA Height: 6’ Career Victories: 2 SINCE turning professional in 2005 Wie has won twice on the LPGA Tour – the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational and the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open. Since those victories she has posted three runner-up finishes including two last year. As an amateur Wie set multiple records both as a junior and as a teenager and won the 2003 US Women’s Amateur Public Links aged 13.
Catriona Matthew Rolex Ranking: 20
Date of Birth: August 25, 1969 Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland Height: 5’ 6” Career Victories: 8 SCOTLAND’s Catriona Matthew has won four times on the LPGA Tour and four times on the Ladies European Tour including her breakthrough Major title at the 2009 Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Matthew, who won last year’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational, is a six-time Solheim Cup player and was awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours.
Maria Hjorth Rolex Ranking: 22
Date of Birth: October 15, 1973 Birthplace: Falun, Sweden Height: 5’ 9” Career Victories: 11 SWEDEN’S Maria Hjorth won her fifth LPGA Tour title at the Avent LPGA Classic last year and later played in her fifth Solheim Cup, emerging victorious in the European team with a 1-3-1 record. Hjorth turned professional in 1996 and won twice on the LPGA Tour in 1999 but had to wait eight years before she won again in 2007.
Inbee Park Rolex Ranking: 23
Date of Birth: July 12, 1988 Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea Height: 5’ 6” Career Victories: 4 INBEE Park shot into the limelight in 2008 by winning her first title as a professional at the US Women’s Open with a four stroke win over Helen Alfredsson. In 2010 Park won twice on the Japan LPGA Tour including the prestigious Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup and last season she won her third Japanese title at the Daikin Orchid Ladies.
Mika Miyazato Rolex Ranking: 24
Date of Birth: October 10, 1989 Birthplace: Okinawa, Japan Height: 5’ 2” Career Victories: 1 MIKA Miyazato won the Japan Women’s Open on the JLPGA Tour in 2010 to seal her first win since she turned professional in 2008. Miyazato joined the LPGA Tour in 2009 after earning her card at Qualifying School. Her best finish last year was fifth place at the US Women’s Open and during the season she crossed the $1million mark in career earnings.
HSBC INTERACTIVE VILLAGE The HSBC Interactive Village is designed to offer a comprehensive range of family entertainment which is always extremely popular with spectators of all ages. There is plenty on offer, including the chance to win great prizes, an opportunity to test your own golfing skills and have fun. HSBC Registration Everyone who attends the HSBC Women’s Champions can register at the HSBC Interactive Village and receive an exclusive gift courtesy of HSBC. Taking part in the activities is free and available for all to enjoy. HSBC Putting Challenge Do you have an eye for the target like our professional female golfers? Try your hand at sinking the putt and stand a chance at winning a selection of daily prizes including golf equipment. HSBC Golf Nets Enjoy a free 10 minute lesson with a qualified Pro to help you improve your game. Try out the irons at the HSBC coaching nets and watch your game improve. Children’s clubs and nets are available so everyone can take part.
HSBC Golf Simulator This is a real crowd favourite – test your accuracy on the simulated Garden Course. Daily prizes are available for the Nearest to the Pin. HSBC Children’s Zone Fun is assured for the entire family with the special zone for the younger golf enthusiasts. HSBC Children’s Kart Track Let the kids take a ride around the track in our awesome mini golf karts. Replicating the real thing, these battery operated mini carts provide hours of entertainment.
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2012 HSBC Womens Champions official programme. Player features, biographies and hole guide to one of the LPGA Tour showcase events