For the first time since the HSBC Women's Champion started in 2008, this year saw a new venue play host to 62
of some of the world's best female professionals. A stellar field turned up to The Serapong Couse, Sentosa Golf
Club, Singapore to battle it out for a share of the $1,400,000 prize fund including 17 of the Top 20 and 23 of the
Top 30 golfers from the Rolex World Rankings, along with Defending Champion Angela Stanford and 2011
Champion, Karrie Webb.
A high standard of golf was set very early on by Azahara Munoz with a blistering 7 under par opening round of 65, the
lowest round of the week. The low scores continued with Stacy Lewis, Na Yeon Choi and sponsors invite, 17 year
old Ariya Jutanugarn all shooting rounds of 66 in the 2nd round. Despite lightning temporarily halting play late in the
3rd round, it was Choi and Lewis that went into the final round tied for the lead on 14 under par. There were
however only 5 shots separating the top 7 players, with Paula Creamer lying in 3rd place just 2 shots off the lead
The wind was very strong on the Sunday making the conditions as difficult as possible for the final round. After
6 holes there was a 3 way tie for the lead, and although Choi made an excellent birdie at the 7th hole Lewis went one
better making a superb eagle 3 at the par 5, thanks to a shot she later described as 'probably one of the best she's
ever hit'. Despite making 2 bogeys at 15 and 17, Lewis was able to hold on to her marginal lead and record a final
round score of 71 which, combined with her opening rounds of 67, 66 and 69 gave her a 1 shot victory over Choi,
who could only manage a 4th round of 72. In joining an illustrious list of past HSBC Women's Champions such as
Ai Miyazato, Jiyai Shin and Lorena Ochoa, Stacy not only took home the first prize of $210,000, but her 7th LPGA
Tournament victory saw her move up one place to 3rd in the Rolex World Rankings.
For the fifth consecutive year a stellar field consisting of the game's best international players contested the HSBC
Women's Champions. The magnificent Tanah Merah Country Club once again provided an outstanding
setting for the elite of women's golf to showcase their talents over a course which has received two more awards
since the 2011 HSBC Women's Champions - the Best Course in Singapore and the Best Maintained Course in
Asia-Pacific - at the Asian Golf Monthly Annual Awards.
Competing for the $1.4 million prize fund were 18 of the Rolex top 20 and 49 of the top 50 from the final 2011 LPGA
money list - a roster of players which also included the world's number one Yani Tseng and defending champion
Karrie Webb. 16 nations were represented by a field which had won over 450 international titles and 36 major trophies.
3 of these 16 nations were represented in the four-way play-off which was required after 72 holes of thrilling golf
were unable to crown a winner. Angela Stanford of the USA, Shanshan Feng of China and Jenny Shin and Na Yeon
Choi of South Korea took to the course shortly after a dramatic electrical storm had momentarily halted the
closing stages of regulation play. The play-off provided an additional layer of tension in the air through which
American Angela Stanford eventually reigned supreme. The play-off took three trips up the final hole to deliver
the winner which saw Feng fall at the first hurdle, Choi fall at the second and Shin edged out at the third attempt to
give the first American victor of the HSBC Women's Champions.
Angela Stanford follows in the footsteps of Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato and Karrie Webb who have all
lifted the HSBC Women's trophy since 2008. With all these champions having previously held the world number one
spot, Stanford breaks the mould in becoming the first champion of 'Asia's Major' never to have held the top spot.
The win did however add a fifth LPGA title to the American's trophy cabinet and push her up to 14th in the Rolex
Karrie Webb demonstrated precisely the right mix of patience and pluck as she won the HSBC Women's Champions
at Tanah Merah by a shot from Chie Arimura, the game little Japanese player who had led for so much of the
tournament. On what was a thriller of a final day's play, Webb, who had been three behind leaving the 10th green,
came home in 33 to add a 69 to earlier scores of 70, 66 and 70 and finish on a total of 275.
It may have been Webb's 51st title overall but she could not have looked more elated had it been her first which, for
the record, was the 1995 British Women's Open Championship at Woburn.
"It feels great," she said. "It was a bit of an up-and-down day so I feel very happy to be slinking away with a one shot
After nine holes of today's final round, it had looked for all the world as if the in-form Yani Tseng was going to win for
what would have been a fifth week in a row.
Having started the day six shots off the lead, the Taiwanese player had five birdies on the front nine to be out in a
five-under 31. At that stage she was ten under par and only one shot to the bad.
Record crowds surged down the 10th to see how she would capitalise on that arresting start but, to their surprise,
they did not have to wait long for the first glitch. After Arimura, armed with her hybrid, had hit through the wind to a
couple of inches to the elevated 10th green, Tseng failed to carry the guardian bunker and, like Webb, wound up
with a bogey.
Tseng couldn't go on to produce the fireworks necessary on the back nine though and even a low score of the day 67
wasn't good enough to put Webb off her stride. Tseng finished on a total of 278, in third place alone and still in search
of her first HSBC Women's Champions title.
Ai Miyazato emerged triumphant from a thriller of a last day at the 2010 HSBC Women's Champions to complete the
rare feat of winning the LPGA's two opening events. The last player to do as much was America's Marilyn Smith in
Miyazato, though she did not know it, had a two-shot lead over Cristie Kerr coming down Tanah Merah's 414 yards
18th. She bisected the fairway with a stunning drive - and followed it up with a second to nine feet which left the
spectators positively open-mouthed. The title was as good as hers.
Having tapped in for a four, this hugely popular competitor hugged her caddie and, as the applause was giving way
to a rousing Lion dance, so she signed for her closing 69 and ten-under-par tally of 278. Kerr finished on 280 with
Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Yani Tseng and Song-Hee Kim sharing third place on 281.
JIYAI SHIN, the 20-year-old Korean won the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore shooting her second
successive six-under-par 66 to underline her reputation as a fearsome last-round performer.
Shin came from six shots behind at the start of the final day to clinch her fourth official LPGA title and her first since
officially becoming a member of the tour with a winning score of 11 under par 277 at the Tanah Merah Country Club.
She nudged out overnight leader Katherine Hull by two strokes.
“I thought I had a chance of finishing in the top 10, not to win. I was very surprised to start with four birdies,” said Shin,
who only last month lost her treasured record of never having missed a cut as a professional, but now stands
alongside the names of recent HSBC Champions winners Phil Mickelson, Lorena Ochoa and Sergio Garcia.
The girl known in her homeland as the “Final Round Queen” because of her resilience in Sunday play left her veteran
Australian caddie Deane Hearden shaking his head in disbelief at the way she played over the weekend.
The HSBC Women's Champions 2008, at Tanah Merah Country Club, Singapore , was created following the
success of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. With the criteria mirroring the men’s event to ensure a field of
World No 1, Lorena Ochoa carded her fourth consecutive below-70 round to claim an indomitable career-best
11-stroke victory on a rain-interrupted final day of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.
Despite three breaks in play due to tropical showers, the world no.1, who had led from day one, hit a flawless
four-birdie round of 68 to scoop the Champion of Champions title and US$300,000 first prize at the inaugural
event at Tanah Merah Country Club.
Swedish legend Annika Sorenstam finished second on nine under, while American Paula Creamer was on
stroke behind in third. Ochoa, who dominated throughout in her first event of the year, said: "I feel very good.
I am a little tired but I'm very happy. It's been a great week."
The 26-year-old, who started the day eight strokes ahead, added: "I kept trying to be aggressive. It's not easy
as you never know what will happen. You can play your best and still not win. But this week, I played consistently.
I also had pressure on me, we had the rain, and I wanted to win by more than eight.