The LPGA ladies celebrate their diversity, HSBC Women’s Champions (fixed headline)
As the HSBC Women’s Champions approaches, the LPGA ladies are up and about to celebrate the diversity in their playing circuit. The Japanese player Ai Miyazato got busy in turning the American Paula Creamer into a Japanese beauty by making Creamer wear a
type of kimono called a furisode. Along with creamer Michelle Wie also dressed up in a traditional Korean outfit. Wie was helped by the former world number one Jiyai Shin in helping her attain the desired look.
Miyazato won the HSBC women Champions last year whereas Shin won the event in 2009. Despite all the big names in golf, it is Yani Tseng who is certainly making news these days. On fire in 2011, Taiwanese Tseng has
won claimed four titles already and is the new
word number one.
“The LPGA is such a global organization; we need to showcase our international talent all over the world. The Taiwanese and Chinese cultures, and Korean and Japanese too, are all so rich and this is such a nice opportunity to see just how diverse the LPGA
Tour is,” said Yani.
The HSBC Women’s Champions will take place at the Tanah Merah Country Club’s Garden Course in Singapore this weekend. This place is special in
an away that in the limited number of tournaments played here, they were all won by number one players of that time. Looks like tradition and luck will both be on Yani’s side in Singapore.
The HSBC’s group head of sponsorship, Giles Morgan, said that the event taking place in Singapore is mainly due to the array of talented Asian players the LPGA now has. She also said how for players like Jiyai and Ai-Chan, it
were their triumphs in Singapore that hoisted them to the top.
The Japanese Miyazato agreed with Morgan as she said that after winning here last year, she felt privileged to be following
in the footsteps of
shin and former LPGA player Lorena Ochoa.
As the ladies get together in this crucial tee off this weekend, it won’t be only golf that brings them all together. It is the diversity that makes the LPGA and its ladies even more bubbly and colourful. Miyazato said that she felt really proud to see Creamer
dressed up in the furisode, as not many people wear it these
days.Creamer on the other hand felt even more honoured to be a part of Japanese history as the furisode has been part of the Japanese culture since 2000 years.
Its interactions like these that show how global the LPGA has become. It was the Mexican Lorena Ochoa who won the HSBC Women’s championship in 2008. From Mexico to Korea to Japan, it’s truly a mystery as to where the HSBC Trophy’s final destination will