Asia's best heads to #HSBCChampions

Mon 17 Oct 2016

Asia's best heads to #HSBCChampions

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Shanghai, October 17: The best players from the Asian Tour including Merit leader Scott Hend of Australia will head to Shanghai for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions next week.
Played at the exclusive Sheshan International Golf Club, the year’s final WGC event of the year offers a lucrative prize fund of US$9.5million and welcomes a star-studded field that includes eight of the world’s top 10 players.
Hend will spearhead the Asian Tour charge alongside compatriot Marcus Fraser, Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang, Korea’s Jeunghun Wang and Philippines Miguel Tabuena at the Shanghai showpiece from October 27-30.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, is also expected to feature prominently amongst the world class line-up headlined by all four 2016 Major champions- Masters Champion Danny Willett, US PGA Championship winner, Jimmy Walker, US Open Champion Dustin Johnson and Open Champion Henrik Stenson.
The leading four not otherwise exempt players on the Asian Tour Order of Merit after the Venetian Macao Open last week qualified for the WGC-HSBC Champions.
While aiming to solidify his position atop the merit rankings, Hend, who has already won twice on the Asian Tour this season, is also looking to end his season on a flourish.
“I’ve been very close to winning the Order of Merit previously, only to the pipped by guys obviously playing a bit better. I should have won more times this year,” said Hend.
The big-hitting Australian secured two victories in Thailand this season and was narrowly denied his 10th Asian Tour title after a play-off defeat in Switzerland last month.
He finished tied-fourth in Korea a fortnight ago and believes he has the form to make his mark in the winner’s circle again.
“I’ve got a few more tournaments until the end of the year and obviously I like to think I can possibly win one of these ones,” said Hend.
Jeunghun Wang of Korea Jeunghun Wang of Korea
In-form Chan, who like Hend has also won twice this season, is confident of putting up another good showing in what will be his first appearance at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
The 30-year-old has made great strides since plying his trade on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) where he is a five-time winner.
He earned his breakthrough in Thailand in July and quickly followed up that victory with another in Japan two months later.
“From winning on the ADT to winning on the Asian Tour now, I think the biggest change is my mindset. I have grown to become a better player not just because of how I play but also how I think now.
“I used to get angry easily on the course. I guess it’s because I was still young. I don’t get angry anymore. The playing experiences helped,” said Chan, who is third on the merit list.
Tabuena will meanwhile relish the prospect of coming up against the world’s best players again when he makes his debut at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
It will be a familiar environment for the 22-year-old all over again, having flown his country flag at the recent Olympic Games in August.
“Playing in the Olympics really helped. Being in the same event where so many top players were there was good.
“I thought myself that my game isn’t that far. It’s a matter of time and you’ve just got to keep grinding and the hard
Miguel Tabuena of Philippines Miguel Tabuena of Philippines
work will pay off,” said Tabuena.
For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please visit www.HSBCgolf.com/mens or follow official WeChat account: HSBCChampions
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HSBC’s global commitment to golf encompasses all levels of the game, from grassroots to elite.
HSBC is a proud patron of The Open Championship and this partnership with The R&A creates a centre of gravity to a global golf portfolio that spans HSBC's key markets.  In Asia, HSBC has spearheaded the arrival of world class golf events with its flagship WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.  The $9.5m WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and has made such an impact, that Rory McIlroy describes China as “an unstoppable force in world golf.”  HSBC has been co-title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship since 2010 and the event has quickly become one of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour.
However, underpinning those international flagship events is a longer-term ambition to create a legacy from HSBC’s global tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes. In China, HSBC supports the HSBC China Junior Golf Program, a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built. In Hong Kong, HSBC supports the HSBC Hong Kong Junior Golf Programme, a structured pathway for children to try the sport for the first time, develop their skills and, for those talented enough, the chance to represent Hong Kong on the international stage. In the UK, HSBC is sponsor of HSBC Golf Roots - The Golf Foundation's national development programme which promotes the sport in schools, helps youngsters into clubs and uses golf to promote important life skills.
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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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