CHAMPIONS PIPE IN ON THE NEW TANJONG COURSE
The New Tanjong Course was introduced to the world at the 2017 HSBC Women’s Champions. Set against the Singapore Straits with some elevated views of the skyline, many of the world’s best female golfers were thrilled to play a brand new layout.
The par 72 course was set up to an official yardage of 6,108m for the tournament, averaging a little longer than the course’s standard blue tee yardage. The wideopen fairways of this Alister MacKenzie-inspired design, appealed to the longer hitters like Lexi Thompson who said, “I hit a lot of drivers. It's pretty forgiving off the tee, so it definitely helped me get into mid to short irons on a few of those holes that I need to be able to stop them. It will definitely be an advantage.”
Anna Nordqvist called it a “bomber’s paradise”. Which probably explained why the leaderboard was peppered with big-hitting names like Ariya Jutanugarn, Sun Hyun Park, Brooke Henderson and Michelle
Wie. The New Tanjong was playing hard and fast, and together with the windy conditions, presented a myriad of challenges. Michelle Wie who put up a stellar performance at 14-under said, “The golf course is tough. I think it has a lot of run-off areas, so you have to be smart out here.”
Nordqvist shared, “Yeah, you get a little bit of everything out there. The wind picked up on our back nine and it was really hard to judge the wind. Felt like I hit a lot of good shots and they just kind of seemed to go through the wind. Ended up either missing the green or having a long lag putt.”
World No. 1 Lydia Ko however, predicted that it would all come down to the putting. “The greens have very subtle undulations, so even though it might not be a very long putt, it could break three different ways. So the person that normally holes a putt is going to end up on top and I think that's going to be the case again this week.”
Lydia Ko called it. Inbee Park, who has a reputation for making putts, went on to bag 23 birdies over the tournament, securing the coveted championship title. Love it or hate it, the New Tanjong certainly showcased some remarkable golf from the world’s best.
Mo Martin, winner of the Women’s British Open in 2014, summed up her appreciation for the course saying, “It's playing hard and fast, which is great. We've got some elevation changes. I think it's very aesthetically pleasing too. It's nice up on the par three 4th, where you have a great view of the city. You can see the water, so it's gorgeous. I have to give a shout out to the superintendent and the grounds crew here, because to be able to have a course that's a couple months old, to be playing like this and to be somewhat receptive, is phenomenal. I didn't see a seam out there all day, so they have done a really, really good job.”
The New Tanjong Course