All round excellence on last day of the HSBC Women’s World Championship
Mike Whan, the LPGA’s Commissioner, has said that that it is not a matter of whether the HSBC Women’s World Championship will become a major but when. “Of course Asian can hold a major,” he said. “It’s just a matter of time. From the player’s point of view, the HSBC Women’s World Championship is the first tournament they talk about at the turn of the year.”
All of which is hardly surprising. With the LPGA tour and Singapore as global as each other, every player has a level of support she will get nowhere else other than in her homeland.
“It’s not fun to start going global,” said Whan, talking of how the LPGA had changed since it’s all-American days. “As we were going that way, we were not sure that we liked it. The Japanese would sit in one corner of a room, Europeans in another. Today, though we’ve done it, we’ve taken our chance and we’ve woken up the other side.”
For the commissioner, part of the waking-up process came when he went to Brittany Lincicome’s wedding in 2014 and saw a veritable United Nations’ array of guests.
Just as every girl will have her own crowd, so she will find a restaurant which works for her. As for universal favourites, it would seem that Chilli Crab would come first in any order of merit.
Meanwhile, there was plenty of evidence of players shaping to leave Singapore with a good taste in their mouths as a result of their last lap on the New Tanjong course. Angela Stanford, aged 40 and a former winner, was two shots more than the 15-year-old amateur, Atthaya Thitikul with her third round 70, but just look at how she was faring this morning. She went birdie, par across the third and fourth before launching into a run of eagle, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie which took her up among the leaders.
The player turned in 29 at the same time as Sei Young Kim was covering the back nine in that same tally.
Eagles were showing up all over the course. Like Stanford, England’s Charley Hull notched one at the par-five fifth. Sei Young Kim contributed one at the fourteenth, while another Korean, Amy Young notched hers at the eighth.
Up at the top, Nelly Korda, the third round leader, was still in position to pull off a sisterly double. With Jessica having won last week in Thailand, Nelly was still ahead after picking up one more birdie to tee up at the eighth at 16 under par. However, it was never going to be easy. As a leaderboard watcher, she would have been no less aware than anyone else of the spectacular figures being nailed to the mast by her pursuers..