Sunday, 2nd March 2008
The HSBC Women's Champions 2008, at Tanah Merah Country Club, Singapore, was the first to be held as a stroke play event - the previous three editions were all played in the USA to a match play format. The 2008 tournament won by the young 26-year-old Mexican star Lorena Ochoa. Playing in her first tournament of the year, led from day one before completing a 20-under-par 268 to record her 18th win on the LPGA with the biggest winning margin of her career.
In Stroke Play (also known as medal play) is a scoring system in the sport of golf. It involves counting the total number of strokes taken on each hole during a given round, or series of rounds. The winner is the player who has taken the fewest number of strokes over the course of the round, or rounds. Whereas in Match Play a player, or team, earns a point for each hole in which they have bested their opponents; this is as opposed to stroke play, in which the total number of strokes is counted over one or more rounds of 18 holes. In professional golf, a small number of notable match play tournaments use the match play scoring system.