This weeks HSBC Women’s Champions tournament will undoubtedly be the strongest field of 2017 so far, as all of the best ladies in the golfing world tee it up at the newly redeveloped Tanjong Golf course, located next to the infamous Sentosa Golf Club, in Singapore.
This includes Korea’s beloved Sung Hyun Park, more aptly known as ‘Namdalla’, by her legion of supporters. Namdalla basically meaning ‘not normal’…Park is certainly is a special talent, that is expected to make a big impact in her first season on the LPGA Tour.
Rewind the clock back to 2015, when Park made her LPGA debut at the KEB Hana Bank Championship. Organizers paired her up with favourite and eventual winner Lexi Thompson. Unfazed by this, Park shot a phenomenal course record 62 in the first round and went on to finish in second place, behind Thompson. This was just further proof that Park could hold her own against the world’s top players. Once again, this week, she will need to produce her very best, to be in contention on Sunday afternoon.
Although Park is yet to win on the LPGA Tour, she earned her 2017 card by winning enough money from the 2016 KLPGA season to be given playing rights for the LPGA Tour.
Her new Taylormade bag, along with new sponsor Hana, new management company (Sema Sports Marketing) and batman logo looks like it’s ready to take on the LPGA Tour!
In addition to Park’s debut, there are so many other realistic possibilities of three wins in three weeks for the Korean ladies. This week’s defending champion, Ha Na Jang has already won in 2017, picking up the Australian Women’s Open title two weeks ago. She is aiming for five wins this year and is a very strong contender this week.
How about last week’s Honda LPGA Thailand winner, Amy Yang? After winning so emphatically for the first time on the LPGA Tour in two years, Yang will be full of confidence in Singapore. A record breaking -22 and five shot victory in Thailand will result in Yang teeing up as one of the favourites this week.
Last week’s runner up So Yeon Ryu will once again be expected to be up near the top of the leaderboard this week. Her previous four tournament results show that a win isn’t too far away: second, second, third, fifth.
Inbee Park, the 2015 HSBC Womens Champions winner made her overdue return to competitive action last week in Thailand. She showed that she will be back on the top of leaderboards again very soon with her top 25 finish, after being forced out of competitive action for 6 months. Park will win again this year, it’s just a question of where and how many times.
2016 Rookie of the Year In Gee Chun started off her 2017 LPGA season with an impressive T-4th in Thailand. Chun will be hoping to add more Majors to her trophy cabinet this year, after she won the Evian Championship in impressive fashion last year. She has every chance of being the world number one this year, but obviously it won’t come easy with an abundance of talent gracing the LPGA Tour.
A third place finish for Sei Young Kim last week will give her great confidence going into this week. Having won twice on the LPGA Tour last year, Kim will be determined to get back into the winners circle and add more titles to her collection.
Of the sixteen Korean ladies teeing it up this week, most of them have a very realistic chance of winning. Trying to choose a potential winner is near impossible, but lets just hope it’s three in a row for the Korean ladies.
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