HONG KONG: The stage is set for an incredible spectacle of golf as the eagerly awaited Aramco Team Series presented by the Public Investment Fund descends upon Hong Kong. From Oct. 6 to 8, 2023, the renowned Hong Kong Golf Club will play host to a star-studded roster, spearheaded by World No. 2 Lilia Vu, alongside Chinese golf stars Xiyu Lin and Muni He.
Last month, Vu made it to the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings for the first time in her career. Her journey to the top has been remarkable, considering that she began the year ranked No. 43. The year 2023 has seen the American achieve incredible feats, including not one but two victories at the majors. The 25-year-old clinched the AIG Women’s Open, adding to her triumph in a playoff at the Chevron Championship in April. She also won at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February and will be aiming for another victory on Asian soil at the Aramco Team Series presented by PIF – Hong Kong.
Vu’s incredible achievement of winning two majors in a single year makes her the first female player to achieve this feat since World No. 4 Jin Young Ko accomplished the same in 2019. The remarkable feat also makes her the first American woman to achieve this milestone since Juli Inkster did so in 1999.
With her participation in the Aramco Team Series in Hong Kong, Vu hopes to add another chapter to her storied career. This event marks her inaugural appearance in the series, providing fans and spectators in the region with a unique opportunity to witness her prowess up close.
The team element of the Aramco Team Series certainly won’t faze the World No. 2, with Vu winning as a member of Team USA at the 2018 Curtis Cup, Arnold Palmer Cup and Espirito Santo Trophy teams. Two weeks before the event in Hong Kong, Vu will also compete on the biggest stage in women’s team golf at the 2023 Solheim Cup after securing her spot on the US team.
Vu expressed her excitement and said: “I am thrilled to be part of the Aramco Team Series – Hong Kong and have the chance to compete in Asia again. The Aramco Team Series has a strong reputation amongst the players with the unique team format and major-like staging, both of which I’m looking forward to. I’m excited to compete alongside some of the world’s best in Hong Kong, and I hope to add to my victories in 2023.”
The Aramco Team Series presented by PIF – Hong Kong, sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour, is a world-class event that gathers top professionals and accomplished amateur players. As the fourth stop on this year’s tour, the Hong Kong edition will witness the participation of 28 teams, each composed of three professionals and one amateur. The captivating team competition format will unfold over two days, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and fierce competition. In addition, a three-day individual stroke play competition will determine the individual titleholder and award valuable Race to Costa del Sol and Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings points.
Vu’s inclusion in the Aramco Team Series lineup highlights the tournament’s commitment to celebrating the finest talents in women’s golf worldwide. “We are delighted to welcome Lilia Vu to the Aramco Team Series – Hong Kong,” stated Andy Kwok, captain of the Hong Kong Golf Club.
“Her participation elevates the tournament’s prestige and showcases its global allure. As a host venue, the Hong Kong Golf Club takes pride in providing a platform for world-class golfers like Lilia Vu to showcase their talents to inspire our local golfing community.”
Tickets for the Aramco Team Series in Hong Kong are now available for purchase online via the official distributor Ticketflap. General admission tickets are free for Friday (Oct. 6) and priced at HK$150 ($19) for Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, admission is free all weekend for attendees under 18.