Wednesday, February 26

Stacy Lewis Defends at HSBC Women's Champions

A FIELD OF 63 LADY GOLFERS, including 19 of the top 20 women in the Rolex Rankings, will tee it up this week at the HSBC Women's Open at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. World No. 1 Inbee Park headlines the field. World No. 3 Stacy Lewis, the top-ranked American, will defend her title. Lewis edged Na Yeon Choi by a shot in 2013.

Lewis, who finished T5 at last week's Honda LPGA Thailand, is on a streak of 13 consecutive top 10 finishes. Hall of Famer Karrie Webb set the record of 16 in the 1998-99 LPGA season.

"To have a chance to get close to Karrie, one of her records, is pretty amazing," Lewis said.

Park has struggled in Singapore. Her best finish is T25 in the tournament that began in 2008.

"I love coming here and I love playing in Singapore," Park said, " ... but I've never had really a good result here.

"I'm not going to try to push myself so much this week because obviously the golf course is playing quite tough for me somehow. [S]o I'm going to just go out there with no expectations this week and maybe try to get in the top 20 because I've never been in the top 20 the last eight years."

Lewis sized up the 6,600-yard layout.

"It's a thinker's golf course. You just kind of have to hit it to spots, and when the wind is blowing it makes it twice as hard to hit those spots. It's playing really tough and I hope we're careful with the greens, [that] they don't get too out of control. [A]t the same time, if you play smart around this course, you can make some birdies."

EVENT INFORMATION

HSBC Women's Champions
Purse: $1,400,000
Winner's share: $210,000
Defending champion: Inbee Park
Format: 72 holes

Sentosa Golf Club, The Serapong Course
Singapore
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,600

TV Schedule
(Golf Channel)
Thursday, Feb 26 - 10:30 PM-2:30 AM ET
Friday, Feb 27 - 10:30 PM-2:30 AM ET
Saturday, Feb 28 - 10:30 PM-2:30 AM ET
Sunday, Mar 1 - 10:30 PM-2:30 AM ET

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