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Golf: LPGA stars enjoy red-hot fashion show in Singapore

Jessica Korda, Park In-bee, Suzann Pettersen, Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Chella Choi, Anna Nordqvist and Michelle Wie strut their stuff in at Sentosa Golf Club. Photos: HSBC Getty Images.

Jessica Korda, Park In-bee, Suzann Pettersen, Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Chella Choi, Anna Nordqvist and Michelle Wie strut their stuff in Shanghai Tang’s spring/summer collection at Sentosa Golf Club. Photos: HSBC Getty Images.

March 3, 2015: Paula Creamer was again game for an eye-catching launch for the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, with the American hoping the Tuesday parade will again spur her to success at Sentosa Golf Club. (From 9.00am-11.00am, Thursday to Sunday, visit sport-asia.com/streaming/ for live streaming of off-course action and interviews from the eighth HSBC Women’s Champions)

 

Creamer as 'Asian warrior princess' in 2014.

Creamer as ‘Asian warrior princess’ in 2014.

In a lively fashion show at Sentosa, ‘The Pink Panther’ prowled the catwalk with four of the world’s top six – 17-year-old No. 1 Lydia Ko, Park In-bee (No. 2), Suzann Pettersen (No. 5) and Michelle Wie (No. 6) – as well as Jessica Korda, Chella Choi and Anna Nordqvist.

 

The eight LPGA stars launched the event’s eighth edition by Showcasing Shanghai Tang’s new spring/summer 2015 collection, a year after Creamer, Park, Pettersen and Feng Shanshan dressed up in ‘warrior’ outfits for a pre-event photo call.

 

“It brings back great memories to be in Singapore again. We always do something special with HSBC that gives us a chance to sample the local culture before the real work starts,” said Creamer, who hoped a photo call would again spur her to another strong performance over the Serapong course.

 

“Last year I was transformed into an Asian warrior, which was good preparation for the mental strength needed for one of the toughest challenges in women’s golf. I love fashion so trying out some Asian-inspired designs has been a really fun experience. This is a big week for me and I’m looking forward to the challenge of defending my title.”

 

Ko leads this year’s line-up, which is headed by the world’s top 10 and 19 of the top 20. Golf’s youngest-ever No. 1 will compete in the tournament for only the second year, but with high expectations as she bids for a third trophy in three weeks following back-to-back wins in the Australian and New Zealand Opens.

 

Michelle Wie takes a group ‘selfie’ of eight LPGA stars competing in the eighth HSBC Women’s Champions.

Michelle Wie takes a group ‘selfie’ of eight LPGA stars competing in the eighth HSBC Women’s Champions.

“I would love to win this tournament for the first time and I could think of no better place to make it three straight wins. There is something special about the championship and the festival atmosphere. The crowds are always great with so much energy, a bit like today’s fashion show,” said Ko, who last Sunday won her 10th pro title in Christchurch in her native New Zealand.

 

“The course is tough, especially when the wind picks up, and the quality of field is always really strong, but I’m excited about the challenge. This is where champions win and I can’t wait to get started.”

 

The HSBC Women's Champions tees off at Sentosa Golf Club on Thursday.

The ladies launch the HSBC Women’s Champions, which tees off at Sentosa Golf Club on Thursday.

Wie, who won last year’s US Women’s Open, is always a crowd favourite at Singapore’s only LPGA event and was another fan of the fashion show, even orchestrating a group ‘selfie’ on stage.

 

“I have very fond memories of Singapore both on and off the course,” Wie said. “It’s a place I really enjoy spending time in. I’m into fashion so it’s been an extra special start to the week. But come Thursday it will be back to the serious business of golf and trying to win one of the biggest tournaments we play in all year.”

 

Source: HSBC Women’s Champions (www.hsbcgolf.com/womens); Editing by SportAsia

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