Asia's top stars primed for Macau

Fri 11 Oct 2013

Asia's top stars primed for Macau

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Macau, October 11: The Venetian Macau Open will boast its strongest ever Asian Tour field next week with an ensemble of six Order of Merit champions and no fewer than 40 other Tour winners featuring in the popular tournament.
Former Asian Tour number ones, Liang Wen-chong of China, India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa and Arjun Atwal and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and last year’s Merit winner Thaworn Wiratchant, will headline the elite field at the Macau Golf and Country Club from October 17-20.
Thai ace Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the current number one, will be amongst the galaxy of Tour winners who include former Macau Open champions Zhang Lian-wei of China, Lu Wen-teh, Chan Yih-shin and Wang Ter-chang of Chinese Taipei, American Jason Knutzon, Australian David Gleeson and title holder Gaganjeet Bhullar of India.
Additionally, nine of the current top-10 players on the Order of Merit, including the in-form Scott Hend of Australia, will shoot for glory at the Venetian Macau Open.
Four-time Major champion Ernie Els of South Africa will make his debut in the US$800,000 Venetian Macau Open as the tournament continues to attract many of the world’s top players. In the past, other Major champions such as Fred Couples, Mark O’Meara, Vijay Singh , Padraig Harrington and Nick Price have graced the fairways of Macau Golf and Country Club.
The tenacious Jeev Milkha Singh, the only Indian to win two Order of Merit titles, is looking forward to returning to Macau.
“I finished fourth in Macau a couple of years ago. It’s a fantastic place. I enjoy playing on the golf course but it’s a difficult one as it gets pretty windy up there. You have to hit the ball really well and manage your game on the course,” said Singh.
“Hopefully it will be another good week for me. I’m looking forward to getting back there. I’ve got good memories as it’s a great city with good food. And it’s always good to be coming back to the Asian Tour … it feels like coming back home,” added the 41-year-old, who holds six Asian Tour victories.
With an unprecedented three Order of Merit crowns under his belt, Thongchai will be looking to add the Venetian Macau Open to his decorated list of victories.
He finished fourth in the 2001 edition and was equal eighth last year when Bhullar ran off with an impressive wire-to-wire victory.
“I am looking forward to returning to the Venetian Macau Open. It is one of my favourite cities in Asia and the Macau Golf and Country Club is truly challenging indeed. I’ve enjoyed a good season so far but I’ll be pushing hard to secure my first win of 2013 in Macau. My game feels good at the moment and I’m looking forward to playing again,” said Thongchai.
“I played in the tournament last year and finished eighth and I’m looking to improve on that performance. It will be a really strong field with the likes of Ernie Els, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal in the field.”
Jointly organised by Macau Sport Development Board of Macau SAR Government (MSDB) and Golf Association of Macau, the tournament is sanctioned by the latter and the Asian Tour, and promoted by IMG. Following a successful foray into the world of golf last year, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel recently announced it will return as title sponsor of the event for a second successive year.
The Venetian Macau Open will be a free entry event for golf fans from around the world to enjoy live world class professional golf in one of the best loved destinations for leisure and business travel in Asia.
Since its inauguration in 1998, the tournament has been graced by the presence of some of the best golfers the world has ever seen, 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$800,000, an increase of 6.7% compared to last year.
Sponsors joining The Venetian Macao in support of the tournament include Rolex, Srixon, Air Macau, Blue Girl and Bonaqua, as well as first time sponsors Lamborghini, Maui Jim, Subway, Hytera 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
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 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; MALO CLINIC Health & Wellness; 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 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….truly Macao Starts Here™. For more information, please visit http://en.cotaistrip.com/.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Subway Restaurants (Official Quick Service Restaurant) 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 Worldwide is a global sports, fashion and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in more than 30 countries around the globe. IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging:  IMG College; IMG’s Joint Ventures in India, China, Brazil and Turkey; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academy; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing.  More information is available at www.imgworld.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.