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Top 2 players in world headline LPGA’s return to Asia

No. 1 Jin Young Ko and No. 2 Inbee Park lead 69 players in Singapore, the women's tour's 1st stop in Asia since late 2019

The LPGA returns to Asia this week for the first time since late 2019 when the HSBC Women’s World Championship begins Thursday in Singapore.

The tournament, the eighth of the LPGA’s 2021 season schedule, will feature six of the top-10-ranked players in the world and be played at Sentosa Golf Club’s Tanjong Course in the island city-state in southeast Asia. The 2020 event was one of seven Asia stops that were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top two players in the Rolex Rankings, No. 1 Jin Young Ko and No. 2 Inbee Park, both of South Korea, will headline the 69-woman, no-cut, $1.6 million event.

Ko will be part of the featured and final group, the LPGA announced Tuesday, when she tees it up at 9:37 a.m. local time (Singapore is 12 hours ahead of EDT) on the first hole with No. 15 Sung Hyun Park, the defending champion from South Korea, and No. 6 Danielle Kang of the U.S.

In another power pairing, Inbee Park, who won at Singapore in 2015 and 2017, will precede the Ko-Park-Kang group at 9:25 a.m. on the first tee. She will be grouped with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, who won the Lotte Championship two weeks ago to jump to No. 7 in the world ranking, and Australia’s Minjee Lee, who is No. 10 in the world and finished runner-up in 2019 at Singapore. (For the complete pairings, click here.)

Next week, the LPGA will play the Honda LPGA Thailand before returning to the U.S. for the heart of its schedule, with nine events in as many weeks in America.

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