Singapore’s sport fans are in for yet another treat early next year following the announcement that defending champion Paula Creamer will be returning in March to defend her title at the 2015 HSBC Women’s Champions. The tournament will return to the impressive surroundings of Sentosa Golf Club from 5 to 8 March 2015.

The 2014 edition of the tournament ended in spectacular style earlier in the year following a two-way playoff between Creamer and Spain’s Azahara Munoz, which saw the American sink a 75-foot eagle putt to claim victory and secure her place in the tournament’s history.

Speaking about her return to Singapore, the player nicknamed the Pink Panther is hoping that she can pick up where she left off on the Serapong:

“I’m still coming to terms with that incredible moment, it was just phenomenal.  I felt good all week and when it came down to the wire I managed to do what we all dream of doing when it mattered. It was a very special moment.

“I’m looking forward to coming back to defend my title next year. I’ve always enjoyed playing in Singapore – I think the course at Sentosa suits my game well. I came close in 2013 and then won this year so [I] will be doing my very best to hold on to the trophy in 2015. Look forward to seeing you in March,” added Creamer.

This year marks the eighth edition of the tournament often referred to as Asia’s Major. With a prize purse of US$ 1.4 million and one of the most competitive qualification criteria of any LPGA tournament, spectators can look forward to another elite sporting event in the Lion City.

Global Head of Sponsorship and Events at HSBC Giles Morgan said:

“Paula’s 75-foot eagle was one of the defining moments of the golfing year and in recent years HSBC Women’s Champions has earned a reputation for producing great drama like this.  I’m sure there is plenty more in store for next year’s showdown in Singapore.

“We’re working closely with the tournament organiser to continuously improve the experience for players, spectators and guests to ensure that the tournament lives up to its billing as Asia’s Major. We’re delighted to announce that Paula will be coming back to Singapore to defend her title in March and look forward to seeing her and the other LPGA Tour players return for what will be another fantastic four days of action on the Serapong.,”

For the third consecutive year, the tournament will be contested over 72 holes of stroke play with no cut on Sentosa’s par 72, 6,493 yard Serapong course. The field will once again be made up of 60 LPGA Tour players and three sponsor exemptions, including the winner of the Host Country Qualifying Tournament slated for this January.

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