Five pros headline the HSBC Women’s World Championship field, but there’s a wildcard amateur we need to watch as well!
The HSBC Women’s World Championship, the last stop on the LPGA‘s spring swing through Asia, features a number of players who look good for the win this week.
However, in addition to the Tour members who’ve been playing the Australian and Southeast Asian events for the past month, there’s a new face in the field this week. Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul, a 15-year amateur, earned her spot in the field when she won the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship last week. It’s not unimportant that the event was held on the Sentosa’s new Tanjong Course.
Thitikul may have a better command of the new track than the vastly more experience pros who will be her competition! And she’s already a proven closer at pro events. Last spring she hoisted the trophy at the LET’s Thailand Championship. With that victory she broke Lydia Ko’s record as the youngest player ever to win a pro event.
The Thai teen is a natural athlete who shouldn’t be discounted. She saw some golf on television and liked the game, so she took it up although her family are not golfers. When she won the Thailand Championship she confessed that the only reason she’d entered the event was to “learn techniques from the pro players.”
With her Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship Atthaya Thitikul has earned a spot in the LPGA’s first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration, and in the Ricoh Women’s British Open, as well as the HSBC Women’s World Championship. The only amateur in the field this week could well be the hottest of the players who will take the tee on the Tanjong Course!
Could she outplay one of these pro who’ve gotten their seasons off to a very hot start?