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HSBC Singapore commits to a 3-year sponsorship extension of a golf event

The 2013 HSBC Women’s Champions will take place February 28 to March 3.

HSBC today announced that they will be committing to a three-year extension to their title sponsorship of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

Considered amongst the players as “Asia’s Major,” it has consistently gathered a field of the world’s best women players with 49 of the top 50 on the LPGA Money list competing at last year’s tournament. The 2012 edition of the tournament was won by Angela Stanford and previous winners include Karrie Webb, Ai Miyazato, Jiyai Shin and Lorena Ochoa.

The 2013 HSBC Women’s Champions will take place Feb 28th -March 3rd and the news that HSBC intends to renew for the next three years has been universally well received by all of the leading women golfers.

World number one Yani Tseng enthused, “This is fantastic news for women’s golf. HSBC have been so generous in their support of the women’s game and put on such a special event for us in Singapore. We are all very happy to hear the good news that they are renewing their sponsorship. I haven’t won there yet and it is frustrating for me so you can be sure I will be there next year looking to try and add the HSBC Women’s Champions title to my trophy cabinet.”

Defending champion, Angela Stanford added, “We are pleased to hear that this fantastic tournament works out just as well for HSBC as it does for us and that we have at least another three years to look forward to. All of the players love this tournament and we get the feeling that HSBC and their guests enjoy the week as much as we do which is always a nice feeling to have. I very much look forward to defending my title.“

The “Champions of Champions” event has one of the most challenging qualification criteria of any golf event in the world. To be sure of their place in the US$1.4 million tournament, a player must have won a LPGA tournament in 2012 or finish the year in the Top 20 on the Rolex Rankings.

Come 2013, an elite field of international golfers is once again expected for the sixth edition of this tournament led by 2012 Champion, Stanford. Player and venue announcements will take place in the coming weeks and the crowds can, once again, look forward to a fantastic week of golf.

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