Ho Tram, Vietnam, September 23: The well documented hype around The Ho Tram Open took another giant leap today as global golf superstar, Sergio Garcia committed to competing in the US$1.5 million Asian Tour tournament, marking his first visit to Vietnam in December.
Garcia has won a staggering 24 tournaments worldwide, including The Players Championship, and has participated in seven Ryder Cups. His charisma on the golf course has become a trademark of the Spaniard’s style and ability to wow fans in all corners of the world.
As a child prodigy, Garcia quickly rose to fame with a glittering amateur career before becoming the youngest player to make a cut in a European Tour event at the age of 16.
He said: “Vietnam has always been an intriguing destination for golf and one I have been paying close attention to. We are blessed with a lot of great tournaments around the world but the opportunity to experience a new destination, a new course and a new challenge is very appealing to me.”
The much lauded theme ‘Asia’s Grandest Stage’ is ringing true, with the unquestionable commitment to creating one of the finest golf events anywhere in the world. The ownership group, Asian Coast Development Ltd continue to surpass expectations and is quickly turning the inaugural tournament, which will be played at the Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, into a hotly anticipated event.
Vietnam has always been an intriguing destination for golf and one I have been paying close attention to. We are blessed with a lot of great tournaments around the world but the opportunity to experience a new destination, a new course and a new challenge is very appealing to me. – Sergio Garcia “This is great news for sports fans in Vietnam and for the Ho Tram Open,” commented Ben Styles, Vice President Golf & Residential. “Sergio has been one of golf’s most charismatic figures and he will give us considerable impetus in putting the destination on the map.”
In addition to Garcia and Major champion Darren Clarke, who earlier committed to play in the Ho Tram Open, Bluff’s Ambassador Robert Rock, former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, Vietnam’s number one Michael Tran and Ryder Cup legend Thomas Bjorn will be joining the Asian Tour’s best for the event from December 3 to 6.
“Sergio is at the pinnacle of the sport, which coupled with his charismatic style and his spirit of entertainment give us the perfect package for the Ho Tram Open,” said Jed Moore, Tournament Promoter Ho Tram Open. “The event will be a great advert for Vietnam and Ho Tram and with Sergio’s addition gives us even greater potential.”
Garcia will join next year’s Ryder Cup Captain Clarke, providing a good opportunity for the pair to share thoughts on next year’s matches against the United States.
“It is great that Darren is playing. He is always great to be around and I am looking forward to spending some time with him during the week,” said Garcia.
A gesture that is striking the right chord has been the decision to issue tickets free of charge. Tickets are available for download on the Ho Tram Open website www.hotramopen.com giving sports fans around the nation and beyond the chance to indulge and experience the event.
Since opening in October 2014, the links-style layout located two hours southeast of Ho Chi Minh City has been hailed by many of the world’s leading authorities on golf. In January, GOLF Magazine named it one of the world’s best new courses. In July, the Australian Financial Review called it “as pretty a course as you’ll find on the entire Asian continent.”
For more information about the Ho Tram Open including player bios and sponsorship options, visit www.hotramopen.com.
About Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd
Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd. (ACDL) is an international development company specializing in integrated resort destinations. ACDL, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Ho Tram Project Company Ltd, is the developer of the Ho Tram Strip, a group of integrated resorts and residential development located on more than 400 acres of land with more than two kilometers of pristine beach in Ho Tram, Vietnam and an approved Investment Certificate issued by the Government of Vietnam. With a focus on providing a personalized blend of excitement and relaxation, the Ho Tram Strip will feature something for everyone, from lavish entertainment to premium shopping and exceptional recreational facilities.
The first phase of its development – The Grand Ho Tram Strip – opened its doors in 2013 and includes a 541 room five-star hotel, a world-class entertainment facility, restaurants, high-tech meeting space, an exclusive VIP area, three swimming pools, as well as a variety of beach-front recreation activities. The Ho Tram Strip is one of the region’s largest integrated resort projects with major future development phases including an additional 559 rooms and further leisure amenities that will complete The Grand Ho Tram Strip.
Adjacent to The Grand, the 18 hole Greg Norman designed Championship golf course – The Bluffs – opened for play in early 2014. Future developments at the site will include a residential offering, a second integrated resort similar in size and scale to The Grand, and three additional five star resorts.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.