Stars of the woman’s game enjoyed a photoshoot this week ahead of the 2011 HSBC Women’s Champions at Tanah Merah, Singapore. Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer donned a Korean hanbok and Japanese kimono respectively, in order to promote the tournament.
“It feels great,” added Wie, who was helped into her costume by last year’s number one, Jiyai Shin. Creamer was helped into her kimono by 2010 HSBC Women’s Champions winner Ai Miyazato, who was pleased to share her culture with the American.
The event was designed in order to capture the matching attributes of HSBC and the LPGA Tour. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, stated: “We use HSBC as our role model. They are sponsors and business partners who can think big and act locally.”
The event was also attended by current world number one Yani Tseng, a winner of four tournaments in a row this year.
Figures for the HSBC Women’s Champions have risen each year and the expectation is that all records will be broken again at this year’s event. Giles Morgan, Group Head of Sponsorship at HSBC Holdings, stated that the locals “will be seeing world-class sport on their own doorstep”.
The players agree, many of whom believe that the women’s game is all the more exciting at the moment because four players have held the number one spot in the last 12 months.
“We haven’t had a situation like this in a long time. What’s happening now helps to make things more interesting,” said Miyazato.
Event preview: HSBC Women’s Champions world number one battle
Gallery: Last year’s event pictures