Park aims to defend title as HSBC event returns to Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — Defending champion Sung Hyun Park and top-ranked Jin Young Ko will join Inbee Park, Danielle Kang and Minjee Lee in the 66-player field when the HSBC Women’s World Championship makes a return at the Sentosa Golf Club from April 29 to May 2.

Sung Hyun Park won by two strokes from Lee in 2019 and had planned to defend the title last year before the 2020 edition was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisers announced tournament details yesterday, on International Women’s Day, saying health restrictions would mean attendance will be limited for the event to prioritise the safety of players and officials.

“The players will notice some difference from when they last played and I’m confident The Tanjong will once again provide a true test of golf,” Sentosa Golf Club General Manager Andrew Johnston said.

“The tournament was greatly missed last year, so we look forward to seeing the world’s best women golfers return to our fairways again this year.”

Sung Hyun Park of Korea plays a shot from a bunker on the second hole during the final round of the LPGA Drive On Championship at Golden Ocala Golf Club on March 7. PHOTO: AFP