With the world’s best men in Mexico for the first WGC event of the year, golf’s leading ladies needed to do something different to ensure one of their biggest events gets its fair share of the spotlight. But why settle for the spotlight when you have lasers and a little lipstick?
Defending champion Ha Na Jang, world No.1 Lydia Ko and U.S. superstars Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie owned a stage in downtown Singapore to light up the HSBC Women’s Champions, the LPGA Tour’s elite 63-player invitational which tees off overnight.
Inspired by the iconic laser show at Marina Bay, the glam quintet helped the title-sponsor celebrate a “dazzling decade” of an event marketed as ‘Asia’s Major’.
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With 19 of the world’s top 20 players lining up at Sentosa Golf Club this week, Ha Na Jang knows she has a challenge on her hands to defend on Sentosa’s New Tanjong course.
“Last year was a huge moment for me and it’s great to be here to defend my crown and celebrate 10 years of the tournament in such spectacular style. I love the whole vibe of music and fun around this event. With such a strong field, there’s no doubt the golf can light up Singapore again this week.”
Kiwi Ko agreed: “If you look at the rankings there are fantastic young players coming through everywhere and this tournament has been a great platform for new talent to shine over the last decade. We have 19 out of the top 20 in the world here so it is going to be a tough week but I can’t wait to get started.”
American world No.6 Thompson clearly enjoyed playing dress ups. “It was really fun to take part in the photo call downtown and it’s all part of the Singapore experience.
“This event always delivers great entertainment as well as great golf and as a player it’s one you mark in the calendar as ‘Do Not Miss’.”
Giles Morgan, HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events, said the laser show was designed to “celebrate the last decade of our flagship women’s golf tournament and to tee up what promises to be another electrifying week for women’s golf.”
“Of course, the golf is the centrepiece but we pride ourselves on providing world class entertainment to match the world class golf. Last year we had Take That and this week South Korean superstar Lee Joon-Gi is the main attraction in what has become a celebration of music and food in an all-around entertainment experience unparalleled in women’s golf.
“It’s all part of our ‘Anyone’s Game’ campaign which is designed to open up the world of golf and attract new and younger audiences to the game – on the back of a successful return to the Olympic Games and a golden generation of exciting young players in the women’s game, we may never get a better opportunity.”