HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from over 6,100 offices in 72 countries and territories in Asia, Europe, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,572bn at 30 June 2015, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.
HSBC has spearheaded the arrival of world class golf events in Asia. The WGC-HSBC Champions in China and its sister tournament, the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, have both become global golf brands, assisted by HSBC’s presence and insight in the region. We remain committed to the success of these events and to championing golf throughout Asia.
Created in November 2005, the HSBC Champions was established to pull in the world’s best male golfers to compete in an elite event that forms the bedrock of HSBC’s global golf programme. In 2009 the event was granted World Golf Championship (WGC) status – the first event outside the USA to achieve this; reflecting the growing reputation of our flagship golf tournament. With this WGC status we are also afforded rights and hospitality at the remaining WGC events in the USA.
In addition to our commitment to the professional game, HSBC has a longer-term goal to build a legacy by sponsoring youth development and grassroots programmes around the world.
In China, the HSBC-sponsored China National Junior Team, the HSBC China Junior Open and the HSBC National Junior Golf Championship (a year-long series of tournaments designed to give China’s elite junior golfers the competitive platform they need to develop their game) have created a framework around which the sport can evolve.
For more information, visit the WGC-HSBC Golf Champions website.
HSBC Women’s Champions
Inaugurated in 2008, the HSBC Women’s Champions attracts the best of the best in women’s golf. Now in its fifth year, this event is often described as ‘Asia’s Major’ in women’s golf. Players qualify by winning tournaments on the LPGA Tour or finishing the year in the Top 20 on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
The HSBC Women’s Champions provides us with an opportunity to host our best corporate and private customers in a country where we have a long and distinguished heritage.
In Singapore, HSBC Youth Golf Challenge tournaments are played throughout the year, involving thousands of children of all levels. It gives them the opportunity to learn and to compete in a sport that will equip them with skills for life, regardless of whether or not they choose ultimately to pursue a professional golfing career.
For more information, visit the website of HSBC Women’s Champions.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Teeing off in 2006 and quickly becoming established as a favourite event for players and spectators alike, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship is now one of the biggest events on the PGA European Tour, regularly attracting some of golf’s most famous names.
HSBC began its five-year joint-title sponsorship in 2011. The 2012 competition boasted the strongest field ever to compete in the Middle East, with England’s Robert Rock clinching an unlikely National Course victory.
Participants included the world’s top four players, six of the world’s top ten, three current holders of Major titles and 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods, making his Abu Dhabi debut.
For more information, visit the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship website.
The Open Championship – Patron
HSBC is a Patron of The Open Championship, one of the world’s preeminent golf tournaments and one of the four golfing Majors.
Our partnership with The Royal & Ancient forms the centrepiece of HSBC’s global golf portfolio. Based in St Andrews, The R&A is golf’s governing body (excluding the USA and Mexico) and the organiser of The Open Championship. The R&A acts on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 126 countries, with the consent of 141 organisations from the amateur and professional game.
In conjunction with The R&A, HSBC has partnered with The Golf Foundation in the UK to sponsor the HSBC Golf Roots programme. This is now the largest and most successful junior golf development project in the British Isles. It targets potential players in urban and inner city areas and uses golf as a basis to foster ‘Skills for Life’, such as honesty and respect.
The Golf Foundation is a registered charity that aims to make it possible for all children and young people to access the sport regardless of their background or circumstance. It aims to reach one million children per year through the programme.
For more information, visit The Open Championship website.