Confident Lipsky ready for WGC-HSBC Champions

Wed 05 Nov 2014

Confident Lipsky ready for WGC-HSBC Champions

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Shanghai, November 4: American David Lipsky believes his recent victory in Europe is timely as he seeks to make an impact at the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions which starts on Thursday.
The Korean-American became the first Asian Tour player to win the Omega European Masters which is the only tournament on European soil to be co-sanctioned with the European Tour in Switzerland.
That victory in September propelled the 26-year-old to the top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit which helped him qualify for this week’s blockbuster as the leading four players on the Order of Merit qualify for the richest tournament in Asia.
“Winning in Switzerland definitely gave me a huge confidence boost because it shows that you can play against the best players.
But I’m over that win and I’m not in the process of trying to get better in my game. I’m settled down now and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year,” said Lipsky.
Lipsky announced his arrival on the Asian Tour by emerging top of the class at Qualifying School in 2012.
Then in only his third event on the region’s premier Tour, Lipsky burst into life with a play-off triumph in Cambodia before going on to end his rookie season in 11th position on the Order of Merit.
Apart from his Swiss triumph, Lipsky has also notched three other top-10s in Singapore and Malaysia this season.
Lipsky will return to the WGC-HSBC Champions as a much improved player as compared from two years ago where he finished in 72nd place..
‘I didn’t play that well then as it was my first year as a professional and I was a little star struck! But I’m more mature now and can handle things better,” said Lipsky.
To take the pressure off the demands of the high octane contest in Shanghai, Lipsky plans to take time off to meet up with old friends before his battle at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
“I know some people in Shanghai and it’ll be good to catch up with all of them again. It’s going to be an exciting week as I’ll try to go up against some of the best players in the world which is awesome!” said Lipsky.
While he is focused on his WGC-HSBC Champions challenge, the American, whose mother is Korean, is confident he can also emerge as Asia’s new number one by the end of the season.
“I’m still in a good position on the Order of Merit and if I can play like I know I can play, I can take care of business,” said Lipsky.
The final World Golf Championships event of the year will feature some of the world’s best players including Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia.
The Chinese showpiece is also one of four World Golf Championships sanctioned and organised by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour.
The other World Golf Championships include the WGC- Match Play, WGC-Cadillac Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
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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), 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 HBSC:
HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services to around 58 million customers through four global businesses; Global Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Global Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets and Global Private Banking.
HSBC Golf Sponsorships
HSBC’s global commitment to golf encompasses all levels of the game, from grassroots to elite. HSBC is a Patron of The Open Championship and this partnership with The Royal & Ancient creates a centre of gravity in 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 WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and was once described by 14-time Major winner and former World Number 1 Tiger Woods as “The crowning jewel of all of Asian 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 calendar.  As golf returns to the Olympic Games for Rio 2016, HSBC is also sponsoring the Brasil Champions event on the Web.com Tour.
However, underpinning those blue-riband events is a longer-term goal to create a legacy from HSBC’s global tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes.  As well as committing to the professional game, HSBC has a longer-term goal to create the legacy through sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes around the world. 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. This includes the HSBC-sponsored China National Junior Team, the HSBC China Junior Open and the HSBC National Junior Golf Championship: a year-long series of tournaments designed to give China’s elite junior golfers the competitive platform they need to develop their game. 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 such as honesty and respect.
For more details on HSBC's golf activities, visit www.hsbcgolf.com
The HSBC Group
HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from over 6,300 offices in 75 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,758bn at 31 March 2014, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.
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.
About World Golf Championships/International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis.  The Asian Tour joined the Federation in November 1999.  As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999.  The Federation was expanded in June 2009 and now includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia, Sunshine Tour, China Golf Association, Korea Professional Golf Tour Corp., Professional Golf Tour of India, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour, Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour, Japan LPGA, Korean LPGA and the Ladies Asian Golf Tour.