Four of the world’s best golfers turned up the volume ahead of this week’s high voltage showdown in Singapore (March 3-6) by staging a one-off performance as a star-studded golfing supergroup.
 
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (1), South Korea’s Inbee Park (2) and US star Lexi Thompson (3) were joined by China’s Shanshan Feng (9) for a rocking work-out ahead of the $1.5 million tournament at stunning Sentosa Golf Club.
 
World No 1 Ko took the mic on lead singer duties, defending champion Park played keyboard, with Thompson on bass guitar and Feng on drums. The fab four performed on a stage specially-built on the stunning Sentosa golf course with the stunning Singapore skyline in the background.  And, fittingly, as the quartet prepare to battle it out for the iconic trophy, they played along to Take That’s 2007 comeback anthem ‘Rule The World’ which the legendary British pop act will no doubt perform at their concert on Saturday evening. The performance kicked off a week of world class sport and entertainment on and off the course with sponsor HSBC and players hailing the event as “golf as you’ve never seen it before”.
 
Teenager Ko said: "It feels great to be the Number 1 in the golfing world but I’m not sure I’m quite ready for Number 1 in the charts just yet. Singapore is always a landmark date in the calendar and music is a real inspiration for me – it gets me started in the mornings and sets the tone for the day. I hope this year I can get this world class field dancing to my tune in what promises to be another memorable week.”
 
Defending champion Park is also up for the challenge: “It had to be ‘Rule the World’, didn’t it? I’ll be doing everything in my power to hold on to my title and this is a great way to kick off an important week for me. The stage is set and I’m ready to go.”
 
Twenty-one-year-old Thompson added: “I never thought I’d be appearing on the same bill as Take That! I love hip hop – Rihanna, Usher, Drake – but I also like pop too.  It’s good to mix it up a bit and the same is true of golf, you need the right blend and the right play for the right occasion.  It’s great fun to try something different but we will all be totally focused on the main event when it comes to Thursday.”
 
HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events Giles Morgan added: “One of things you regularly hear from fans, players and officials is that they enjoy the ’Singapore Experience’ – not just the golf but the facilities, the city and the weather. As a sponsor, we love the Singapore Experience too and like to think that the entertainment off the course is as good as the entertainment on it.  So, in addition to a star-studded field of the world’s finest golfers, we’ve also got one of the most celebrated pop acts on the planet and a leading celebrity chef Monica Galetti who has created an exclusive menu especially for the tournament. This is golf as you’ve never seen it before.
 
“Singapore is rightly renowned as a sport and entertainment hub but we believe that this year’s line-up on and off the course is the best we’ve ever assembled. Of course, at the heart of the week is a world class golf tournament but if we are to achieve our ambition to open up the world of golf, it’s vital that we attract new, younger audiences to the sport. With world class music and food on the menu, we believe we’ve got a great recipe for a wonderful week of sport and entertainment.”
 
Widely recognised as the best women’s golf event staged by the LPGA in Asia and one of the best anywhere in the world, the tournament continues to build on its reputation as ‘Asia’s Major’ with only the leading players from all corners of the world invited to compete in the 63 elite player field.
 
The field this year sees 18 of the world’s top 20 players line up, including the top ten ranked golfers in the world according to the latest Rolex Rankings.
For more information on the HSBC Women’s Champions 2016, please visit the tournament website at http://www.hsbcgolf.com/womens.
 

 About HBSC
HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services to customers through four global businesses; Global Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Global Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets and Global Private Banking.


 The HSBC Group
HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 6,000 offices in 71 countries and territories in Asia, Europe, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,410bn at 31 December 2015, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.


 About HSBC Golf Sponsorships
HSBC’s global commitment to golf encompasses all levels of the game, from grassroots to elite.
HSBC is a proud patron of The Open Championship and this partnership with The R&A creates a centre of gravity to a global golf portfolio that spans HSBC's key markets.  In Asia, HSBC has spearheaded the arrival of world class golf events with its flagship WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.  The $8.5m WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and has made such an impact, that Rory McIlroy describes China as “an unstoppable force in world golf.”  HSBC has been co-title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship since 2010 and the event has quickly become one of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour.
However, underpinning those international flagship events is a longer-term ambition to create a legacy from HSBC’s global tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes. In China, HSBC supports the HSBC China Junior Golf Program, a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built. In Hong Kong, HSBC supports the HSBC Hong Kong Junior Golf Programme, a structured pathway for children to try the sport for the first time, develop their skills and, for those talented enough, the chance to represent Hong Kong on the international stage. In the UK, HSBC is sponsor of HSBC Golf Roots - The Golf Foundation's national development programme which promotes the sport in schools, helps youngsters into clubs and uses golf to promote important life skills.


 For more details on HSBC's golf activities, visit www.hsbcgolf.com

 

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