After the cancellation for Covid in 2020, the HSBC Women’s World Championship returns, an invitation-only tournament of the LPGA Tour. At the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, from 29 April to 2 May 69 players will face off, including the two best in the world: South Koreans Jin Young Ko (queen of the world ranking) and Inbee Park, number 2 and already winner of the competition in 2015 and 2017.
It is the 13th edition of the event, which was played for the first time in 2008 when the Mexican Lorena Ochoa prevailed.
HSBC Women’s World Championship, preview
The eighth round of the season of the top American women’s circuit will guarantee a total prize pool of $ 1,600,000.
South Korean Sung Hyun Park will defend the title won in 2019. Among the favorites also the American Danielle Kang (sixth in the world ranking). Three seasonal winners on the field: in addition to Inbee Park (Kia Classic) here is the Thai Patty Tavatanakit (queen of ANA Inspiration, first Major 2021) and Lydia Ko (Lotte Championship), seventh in the world.
But in the field there are other champions of the caliber of Hyo-Joo Kim (ninth in the ranking) Minjee Lee (tenth in the ranking), Nasa Hataoka, Sophia Popov and A Lim Kim. Among the past winners, with Sung Hyun Park there is also Angela Stanford (champion in 2012).
It’s called the “Player Impact Program” and is the PGA Tour’s answer to the Premier Golf League (PGL) which, from 2022, aims to propose a new green circuit between pharaonic prize pools and big ambitions.
The top American men’s circuit has created a project aimed at premiere the stars that bring benefits to golf and to the organization including the involvement of fans and sponsors. On the pot 40 million dollars distributed among 10 players, 8 of which will go to the champion who will have brought more results beyond the field.
The chosen ones will be determined based on their “impact score”, a spokesperson for the PGA Tour tells Golfweek. With the US organization that has already distributed to players the metrics by which they will be ranked.
“Their popularity in google searches” and through social networks will also be fundamental. The PGA Tour will use an algorithm to determine the final scores and to benefit, among others, could be champions, needless to say, like Tiger Woods. But also Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler, a phenomenon of popularity but in great crisis of results on the field.