Last Week's Pick to Win (Lydia Ko) - Finished tied for 19th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Karine Icher) - Finished tied for 53rd
NOTES:The LPGA Tour travels to Singapore this week for the HSBC Women's
Champions. The best female golfers in the world will compete at Sentosa Golf
Club for the $210,000 first prize. The top 11 players in the world are in the
field, led by world No. 1 Inbee Park.
Park finished second last week at the Honda LPGA Thailand in her season debut.
She is coming off a fantastic 2013 season in which she won six times,
including three major championships. She captured the money title with over
$2.4 million in earnings.
The top 20 players from the Rolex Women's World Ranking (as of January 13,
2014), winners on the LPGA Tour from 2013, HSBC Women's Champions winners, the
2014 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic and ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
winners, sponsor invites and the Singapore qualifier are in the select field
of 63 players this week. LPGA members from the 2014 Priority List fill out the
The HSBC Women's Champions is the first official stroke-play event that the
LPGA Tour has played in Singapore. After five years at Tanah Merah Country
Club, the tournament moved to the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club in
2013. Sentosa Golf Club hosted the Singapore Open on the European Tour in 2009
and 2012, won by Ian Poulter and Matteo Manassero.
Last year, Stacy Lewis carded rounds of 67-66-69-71 and held on for a 1-stroke
victory over Na Yeon Choi, who missed a birdie putt at the 18th which could
have forced a playoff. Lewis finished the tournament at 15-under 273 to
capture her sixth career victory.
In 2012, Angela Stanford emerged as the winner, sinking a 3-foot par putt on
the third playoff hole, where Jenny Shin's par try lipped out. Shanshan Feng
and Na Yeon Choi had been eliminated on the first two holes of the playoff.
The victory was Stanford's fifth on the LPGA Tour, and first since the 2009
SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
Jiyai Shin fired a 6-under 66 in the final round to come from behind and win
in 2009. She finished at 11-under 277 and won by two strokes over third-round
leader Katherine Hull, who tallied a double bogey and two bogeys on her back
nine for a 2-over 74. It was Shin's first victory as an LPGA member.
In 2008, Lorena Ochoa endured three rain delays in the final round to cruise
to victory. Ochoa, who fired rounds of 66-65-69-68, was the only player in the
field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s. She held an 8-shot, third-round
lead and finished the tournament at 20-under 268. That was good enough for an
eye-opening, 11-stroke victory over Annika Sorenstam.
The LPGA Tour moves back across the Pacific Ocean to Arizona in three weeks
for the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix, where Lewis will defend her title.
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