AT stars ready to light up #UBSHKOpen

Fri 02 Dec 2016

AT stars ready to light up #UBSHKOpen

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Hong Kong, December 2: An impressive line-up of Asian Tour stars spearheaded by six former Asian Tour number ones will light up the US$2 million UBS Hong Kong Open next week.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thongchai Jaidee, Liang Wen-chong of China, Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines as well as India’s Jyoti Randhawa and Arjun Atwal, who have won a combined total of eight Order of Merit crowns will feature in the prestigious event.
They will be joined by current Order of Merit leader Scott Hend of Australia, Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, S.S.P. Chawrasia and Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei, who have all enjoyed a magical season where they won twice on the region’s premier Tour.
More than 40 Asian Tour champions will head to the Hong Kong Golf Club in hope of ending the season on a high note as the UBS Hong Kong Open will be the final stop on the Asian Tour’s 2016 Schedule.
Defending champion and Olympic Gold medalist Justin Rose of England, Masters Tournament winner Danny Willett, Ian Poulter and Miguel Angel Jimenez, who have won a record equaling four Hong Kong Open titles, will also feature in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
After struggling with a wrist injury in recent years, Bhullar returned to his best form by winning two events in Korea and Indonesia in 2016 as he sits in ninth place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
He will arrive at the UBS Hong Kong Open in impressive form and will be motivated to better last year’s tied 13th place result in the event.
“I’m working hard on my game. I couldn’t work hard on my game because of the injury previously but things are really working out now. I’m happy the hard work has paid off. How many titles do I want to win? I’m gunning for more than 10 Asian Tour wins and I’m going to work harder to achieve my goals,” said Bhullar.
“I’m working hard on my game. I couldn’t work hard on my game because of the injury previously but things are really working out now. I’m happy the hard work has paid off. How many titles do I want to win? I’m gunning for more than 10 Asian Tour wins and I’m going to work harder to achieve my goals,” - Gaganjeet Bhullar

With the UBS Hong Kong Open being the last Asian Tour event in 2016, players such as Mardan Mamat of Singapore, Scott Barr of Australia, Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand and Javi Colomo of Spain are hoping to break into the top-60 on the Order of Merit to retain their Asian Tour cards for 2017.
Mardan Mamat of Singapore Mardan Mamat of Singapore
“Every tournament is important to me. But I do need to try and boost my ranking on the Order of Merit. The game has been a little off but I am gaining back some confidence. I have been working on my putting. The putter hasn’t been performing well as of late so I hope it will do some magic soon,” said Mardan, ranked 63rd on the Order of Merit.
Entry to the first two rounds of this year's tournament on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December will be free of charge. Those aged under 21 will be admitted free of charge for all four days of the tournament, as the organisers push to introduce the game to wider segments of the Hong Kong community in 2016.
Following the success of the inaugural event last year, the UBS Hong Kong Open Charity Cup will return on 14 December with local singer and artist, Alan Tam, as Official Ambassador. The HK$2.3 million was raised in 2015 for three local charities, making it the most successful fundraising initiative for the entire European Tour season.
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About Mega Events Fund
This year the “UBS Hong Kong Open” is sponsored by the Mega Events Fund of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The Fund was set up in 2009 to support mega arts, cultural, sports and entertainment events to be staged in Hong Kong. With the approval from the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council, the operation of the Fund has been extended for five years until the end of March 2017 with a view to attracting more internationally acclaimed mega events to Hong Kong and reinforcing Hong Kong’s position as the events capital of Asia.
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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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About The European Tour
The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2016, the European Tour International Schedule features 47 tournaments in 27 countries, all part of the Race to Dubai, the year-long competition which crowns the European Tour Number One at the end of the season, a title claimed in 2015 by Rory McIlroy for the third time.
Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 25 Members celebrate a total of 51 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed ten Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on Tour. The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which features 28 tournaments in 22 countries in 2016, and the Senior Tour, which features 13 tournaments in nine countries in 2016. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup. The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to over 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Emirates and Titleist as Official Partners.