Chinese stars confirmed for Macau

Tue 16 Sep 2014

Chinese stars confirmed for Macau

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Macau, September 16: China’s number one golfer, Liang Wen-chong and two-time Macau Open champion Zhang Lian-wei have confirmed they will compete at next month’s Venetian Macau Open.
The 16th edition of the Venetian Macau Open, one of the highlights of the Asian Tour calendar, will tee off at the majestic Macau Golf and Country Club from October 23 – 26, 2014 with a record prize fund of US$900,000.
The Venetian Macau Open is jointly organised by Macau Sport Development Board (MSDB) of Macau SAR Government and Golf Association of Macau.  It is sanctioned by both the Asian Tour and the Golf Association of Macau, and promoted by IMG.  The VenetianMacao is the title sponsor of the event for a third consecutive year.
The 36 year-old Liang hopes to join Zhang as a champion in Macau after making history in June when he became the first Chinese golfer to play in all four Major Championships when he teed off at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
With a recent runner-up finish in Japan, the Zhongshan native is feeling upbeat ahead of his appearance at the Venetian Macau Open.
“I am looking forward to competing at the Venetian Macau Open again,” commented Liang.  “I performed well at last year’s tournament and I am a big fan of the course. With star players like Ernie Els, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thongchai Jaidee and Scott Hend confirmed for the event, I am sure the competition will be tough, but I will do my best and get a good result.”
His compatriot, Zhang is a big supporter of the Venetian Macau Open and has played in every tournament since the tournament’s inauguration in 1998. He missed the 2003 edition because of injury. With five Asian Tour victories to his name, the Asian Tour veteran is also the only player to win consecutive titles in Macau, claiming victory in 2001 and 2002. He hopes to add to that tally this year:
“Every year, I am excited to play at the Venetian Macau Open where I have been able to play well over the years.  My back-to-back victories there are important in my professional career.  Since it started, the tournament has grown and attracted players from all over the world.  This year we’ve got great field so it’s going to be a tough tournament. I look forward to competing with them and I believe this year will be another fantastic tournament.”
Last year, Zhang invited Yang Zi-hao, winner of the 2013 Zhang Lian-wei Youth Cup to play at the Venetian Macau Open. Jiang Zhijie, the 16 year-old winner of this year’s Youth Cup, will join Zhang in Macau which will be a wonderful opportunity for him to develop his skills and confidence in preparation to join the professional ranks.  The Venetian Macau Open has been championed as a leading opportunity for young players to showcase their talents as well as being an effective platform for promoting golf in China.
Jose Tavares, President of the Macau Sport Development Board (MSDB), co-organisers of the event along with the Golf Association of Macau, commented:  “Mr. Zhang’s support for the next generation players is exemplary, making this Venetian Macau Open a premier sports event for our city. We are honored to have a number of global stars gracing our course this year including four-time Major champion Ernie Els, Thai star Thongchai Jaidee, defending champion Scott Hend, China golfer Liang Wen-chong, along with Miguel Angel Jiménez who is making his first appearance in the tournament. There is no better opportunity to showcase Macau’s world-class event hosting capability to audiences around the world.”
Olaf Gueldner, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Sands China Ltd. commented: “We are delighted to see many old friends, familiar and new faces on the golf course every year, a testament to the Venetian Macau Open’s appeal. As a top tourist destination in Asia, Macau embodies the best of sports, entertainment and business. We are committed to delivering the best tournament experience for the players and guests. We look forward to welcoming all players, fans and officials back to the Venetian Macau Open!”
Entry to the Venetian Macau Open is free to allow golf fans from around the region the chance to enjoy live, world class golf by Els and many leading Asian Tour players, in one of the best loved destinations for leisure and entertainment travel in Asia.
Since its inauguration in 1998, the tournament has been graced many of the best golfers around the world, including Lee Westwood, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam and Mark O’Meara. This year’s event boasts a total prize fund of US$900,000, an increase of 12.5% compared to last year.
Sponsors joining The Venetian Macao in support of the tournament include Rolex, Srixon, Air Macau, Blue Girl, Bonaqua, Lamborghini, Twinwoods Wine and Hong Kong Descente, which carries both the Le Coq Sportif Golf Collection and Munsingwear.
For more details on the Venetian Macau Open, please visit www.thevenetianmacauopen.com
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About Macau Sport Development Board of the Macau Special Administrative Region Government
Macau Sport Development Board, under the capacity of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macau SAR Government, is a public organization of administration autonomy. The organization is responsible for the implementation of sport strategy and policy formulated by the Macau SAR Government. Its objective is to stimulate, encourage, and promote all kind of sports in Macau, also to create an essential condition for sport development.
For the development of competitive sports and ‘Sport for all’, the Macau Sport Development Board organizes various high level international sport competitions as well as recreational classes and thematic ‘Sport for all’ activities each year, in an endeavor to promote the international status of Macau, reinforce communication and co-operation with other countries and cites, enhance citizens’ quality of life and arouse their interest in sport, so as to accelerate and facilitate the enhancement of the level of sport in Macau.
For more information, please visit www.sport.gov.mo.
About Golf Association of Macau
Founded in 2000, the Golf Association of Macau is a non-profit organization, with the mission to promote, support and ensure the quality, traditions and development of the game of golf in Macau.
With the mission to encourage and promote golf in Macau, it provides coaching, training and selection of the Macau teams for participation in international events at all levels, and promotes and runs appropriate international and domestic golfing events in Macau, which helps to represent Macau in the golfing world and be a member of appropriate regional and world governing bodies.
About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel
Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.
For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.
About Cotai Strip Resorts Macao – Macao’s Integrated Resort City
Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.
Pulsating with life, both night and day, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including international restaurants, bars and lounges. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is a must-see destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.
Comprised of The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach.
Cotai Strip Resorts Macao….Macao Starts Here. For more information, please visit http://en.cotaistrip.com.
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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; world-class partnerships with sponsors, brands and broadcasters; and marquee assets across entertainment, events and fashion.