SINGAPORE - There was only heartbreak for Nelly Korda when she competed at the 2018 HSBC Women's World Championship, as she lost to Michelle Wie when her fellow American holed a 45 foot-birdie putt on the final hole to claim a dramatic win.
Korda, the daughter of tennis professional and 1998 Australian Open champion Petr, channelled that disappointment though and went on to capture the LPGA Taiwan Championship later that season.
Her older sister Jessica, 26, is a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour.
Nelly would add two more titles in 2019 and will return to the Sentosa Golf Club seeking to make amends for that near-miss. She was 10th at last year's edition.
Korda, who at world No. 3 is the highest ranked American, said on Friday (Jan 16): "2019 was a special year for me, starting off with my win in Australia and then winning on the Ladies European Tour in France and finally ending the year with a win in Taiwan, and, of course, playing in my first Solheim Cup.
"Here's hoping 2020 will be another great year for me and I'm looking forward to competing against the world's best at the HSBC Women's World Championship in Singapore, especially having come so close in the past."
The 21-year-old is part of an elite field due at the New Tanjong Course for the US$1.5 million ( S$2 million) tournament.
Top ranked Ko Jin-young of South Korea headlines the group alongside her compatriot and defending champion Park Sung-hyun, the world No. 2.
They will be joined by reigning Major champions Lee Jeong-eun (US Women's Open), Hannah Green ( Women's PGA Championship) and Hinako Shibuno (Women's British Open). Ko won the other two Majors last year, the ANA Inspiration and Evian Championship.
The current top 20 female golfers have all confirmed their attendance at the Feb 27-March 1 event which is into its 13th edition. Other stars who will be in the Republic include former world No. 1s Ariya Jutanugarn and Ryu So-yeon.
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