Lee-Anne Pace is closing in on the Henderson Money List

She is joined in the field by three-time winner this season, Lee-Anne Pace, who is also targeting the Henderson Money List title and is only €4,038 behind first placed Davies.

“It’s very important for me to come to these events in China, Korea and India to try to make up the gap,” said Pace, who has a sore throat. “If I win three in a row, well, you never know what happens.”

Trish Johnson, who has won twice this season, taking her tally of individual career titles to 20, is also in the field along with fellow 2010 tournament champions Karen Lunn and Florentyna Parker, as well as Solheim Cup stars Tania Elosegui and Becky Brewerton.

The Sanya Ladies Open features 107 players including 37 from the People’s Republic of China. The leading Chinese professional golfers are Yang Hongmei and Shang Linyan, who has won twice on the CLPGA this year and leads the money list. Besides them, Yan Panpan, Yang Taoli and Zhang Na, who has a back problem, are among the notable players.

The competition features prize money of €200,000, with €30,000 for the winner and the format of play for the three day competition is 54-hole stroke play with a cut to the leading 60 players and ties after 36 holes.