Golf: Michelle Wie returning to Singapore for HSBC Women's World Championship defence next year

Michelle Wie has confirmed that she will be in Singapore to defend her HSBC Women's World Championship title in March.
Michelle Wie has confirmed that she will be in Singapore to defend her HSBC Women's World Championship title in March.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Michelle Wie, the reigning HSBC Women's World Championship title holder, confirmed on Tuesday (July 3) that she will return to Singapore in March to defend her crown.

The American had ended a 1,351-day drought for a fifth LPGA Tour win on the Sentosa Golf Club's New Tanjong Course four months ago, holing a 45-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to seal a dramatic comeback victory.

HSBC also announced that it has extended its sponsorship of the event through 2020.

"This event is a very special one to everyone on the tour. Working together, HSBC and the LPGA have built something unique," said Wie in a statement. "I know that everyone will be excited to hear that HSBC has extended its commitment to this fantastic tournament."

The 28-year-old had begun the final day five strokes adrift of third-round leader Nelly Korda but produced an unblemished seven-under 65 to finish at 17-under 271 for the US$1.5 million (S$2 million) event, one stroke clear of Korda, Danielle Kang, Jenny Shin and Brooke Henderson.

HSBC Singapore chief executive officer Tony Cripps added: "We have enjoyed fantastic support from the players and we have always attracted the best of the best; just look at our previous winners, legends of the game from all corners of the globe... We are especially thankful to the Singapore Tourism Board for all of their support and for sharing our commitment to continue to grow this great event."

Wie finished T28th in the Women's PGA Championship on Sunday, shooting an even-par 288.

The tournament, one of five Majors on the calendar for women's professional golf, also featured a dramatic conclusion with South Korea's Park Sung-hyun (10-under 278) seeing off compatriot Ryu So-yeon on the second playoff hole.