Golf: 'Pink Panther' Paula Creamer will return to defend her HSBC Women's Champions title

American golfer Paula Creamer celebrates after sinking an eagle to win the HSBC Women's Champions at Sentosa Golf Club on March 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
American golfer Paula Creamer celebrates after sinking an eagle to win the HSBC Women's Champions at Sentosa Golf Club on March 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE golf fans are in for another treat after American star Paula Creamer confirmed she will be defending her title at the HSBC Women's Champions tournament.

The US$1.4 million (S$1.83 million) tournament, in its eighth year, will return to the impressive Serapong course at the Sentosa Golf Club from March 5 to 8.

This year's edition ended in dramatic fashion following a play-off between Creamer and Spain's Azahara Munoz, which saw the American sink a 75-foot eagle putt to claim victory.

Speaking about her return to Singapore, the player nicknamed the Pink Panther is hoping that she can pick up where she left off: "I'm still coming to terms with that incredible moment, it was just phenomenal. I felt good all week and when it came down to the wire I managed to do what we all dream of doing when it mattered.

"I'm looking forward to coming back to defend my title. I've always enjoyed playing in Singapore - I think the course at Sentosa suits my game well."

LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan added: "If you polled LPGA players, you would find that the HSBC Women's Champions consistently ranks among their favourite events on Tour. Paula's putt in 2014 may be hard to match, but I'm certain that 2015 will bring a tremendous field of LPGA stars, and will likely provide even more fireworks come the final round on Sunday."

For the third consecutive year, the tournament will be contested over 72 holes of stroke play with no cut on the par-72, 6,493-yard Serapong course. The field will once again be made up of 60 LPGA Tour players - expected to include New Zealand prodigy Lydia Ko - and three sponsor exemptions, including the winner of the Host Country Qualifying Tournament slated for January.