(Reuters) – World primary Ko Jin-young, two-times champion Inbee Park and holder Park Sung-hyun head the sector on the HSBC Women’s World Championship beginning on Thursday as the LPGA Tour returns to Asia for the primary time in 18 months amid the COVID-19 disaster.
The thirteenth version of the match, which has been dubbed “Asia’s major”, will happen at Singapore’s Sentosa Golf Club with 69 gamers from 18 nations, together with 22 totally different main winners, competing for a share of $1.6 million on provide.
ANA Inspiration winner Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand will make her debut in the no-cut occasion, which was amongst a number of tournaments that weren’t held final 12 months due to the pandemic.
“I’m feeling good about where my game is now, and I feel ready to take on the rest of the season,” Tavatanakit, who gained her first main this month in her rookie 12 months on tour, stated after receiving a sponsor invitation to the Singapore occasion.
“The win at the ANA Inspiration hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’m so grateful to my coaches and trainers who helped make that lifelong dream a reality…
“I’ll be acquainted with the situations in Singapore so I hope I can do properly.”
Others in rivalry embody American Danielle Kang, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, South Korea’s Kim Hyo-joo and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka.
A restricted variety of followers can be allowed to watch the occasion on the venue due to COVID-19 security restrictions.
The HSBC Women’s World Championship can be adopted by the Honda LPGA Thailand from May 6-9. The May 13-16 Blue Bay LPGA scheduled in China was cancelled due to journey restrictions.
Following the Thailand match, the LPGA Tour will return to the United States for the $1.3 million Pure Silk Championship at Williamsburg, Virginia.
Asia is then scheduled to stage 4 back-to-back occasions beginning October – in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing)