It’s not often that you get to stop traffic in China, but that’s what Mission Hills did on Wednesday as they closed the road for the world’s top golfers to hit shots on Haikou’s iconic Century Bridge.

To signal the start of the fourth edition of the World Ladies Championship, starting on Thursday over the world renowned Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Resort Haikou on tropical Hainan Island, the players struck a ceremonial gong with their golf clubs.

World No.2 Inbee Park, who is the defending champion, world No.5 Suzann Pettersen, who won the event in 2013, world No.8 So Yeon Ryu and the recent Sanya Ladies Open champion Xi Yu Lin, who is China’s second ranked female golf professional, were accompanied by Mr Tenniel Chu, vice chairman of Mission Hills Group.

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