Golf: Defending HSBC Women's Champions winner Park Inbee targets back-to-back titles

South Korean Park Inbee kissing the trophy after winning the 2015 HSBC Women's Champions event at the Sentosa Golf Club.
South Korean Park Inbee kissing the trophy after winning the 2015 HSBC Women's Champions event at the Sentosa Golf Club. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - South Korean Park Inbee is bidding to become the first back-to-back winner of the HSBC Women's Champions with a victory at the Sentosa Golf Club this week.

The world No. 2 was flawless at last year's edition, collecting 15 birdies without a single bogey at the Serapong Course, as she beat her rival and top ranked Lydia Ko to win by two shots at 15-under 273.

Park, 27, went on to win another four titles, including two Majors, to close 2015 in dominant fashion.

She said on Tuesday ahead of this week's US$1.5 million (S$2.11 million) tournament: "I've never done that before, going 72 holes without making a bogey. This is a tough course but hopefully I can do it again this week and maybe make 16 birdies as well."

The ninth edition of the Republic's marque women's golf event will feature an elite 63-women field that includes Ko, Park, as well as American stars Lexi Thompson (world No. 3), Stacy Lewis (No. 4) and Michelle Wie (No. 47).