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HSBC Women's Champions still a big draw

Published Fri, Feb 17, 2017 · 09:50 PM

FIVE years ago, Guy Harvey-Samuel told me that the HSBC Women's Champions was in Singapore for a long haul.

The HSBC chief executive officer, a keen golfer and supporter, has kept to his word. The popular event, also known as Asia's Major, made its debut in Singapore at the challenging Tanah Merah Country Club's world-class Garden course.

It moved to Sentosa Golf Club and remains a major hit with Singapore fans although the cast has not changed much.

It has moved from the days of Lorena Ochoa and Grace Park to Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn, but the bottomline has remained that the hand-picked 63 golfers are world ranked. HSBC global head of sponsorship and events Giles Morgan said during a recent interview: "Only the best need apply. Last year, 18 of the 20 top players on the Rolex…

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