Golf: Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie join HSBC Women's Champions line-up in S'pore

Paula Creamer (left) and Michelle Wie have joined the roster for the HSBC Women's Champions on March 2-5.
Paula Creamer (left) and Michelle Wie have joined the roster for the HSBC Women's Champions on March 2-5. PHOTOS: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

SINGAPORE - The HSBC Women's Champions this coming week will have two more Major champions competing for honours, after Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie were the latest additions to the March 2-5 event.

Both golfers received invitations from title sponsors HSBC to participate in the 10th edition of the annual tournament, taking place this year for the first time on the New Tanjong course at the Sentosa Golf Club.

Creamer, 30, has played every edition of the tournament other than in 2010 and will hope to replicate her showing in 2014, when she won the title. She also tied for third in the inaugural edition in 2008 and again in 2013.

Said the American, who won the 2010 US Women's Open: "I am very excited to be returning to Singapore for the 2017 HSBC Women's Champions where I have very fond memories and great fan support. I look forward to competing with the best in the world in one of my favourite places to visit."

Compatriot Michelle Wie is also no stranger to the tournament, having competed here every year since 2010, with a best result in 2014 when she was tied for ninth.

She said: "The tournament always gathers one of the toughest fields on the LPGA, and it is going to be an extremely difficult one to win, but a challenge I am looking forward to."

This year's US$1.5 million (S$2.11 million) event will feature a 63-strong field, comprising 19 of the world's top 20 players. This includes New Zealand's world No. 1 Lydia Ko and Thai world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn.