Hend confirms defence of Venetian Macao Open

Tue 21 Jun 2016

Hend confirms defence of Venetian Macao Open

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Macao, June 21: Two-time champion Scott Hend has announced his intention to return to Macao and defend his Venetian Macao Open title at the picturesque Macau Golf & Country Club.
To be staged from October 13 to 16, 2016, the lucrative event will see its total prize fund reach an all-time high of US$1.1 million, a fourth consecutive year-on-year increase.
Inaugurated in 1998, The Venetian Macao became title sponsor of the tournament in 2012 and, since then, has seen it develop into one of the most prestigious professional golf tournaments in the region where it will be the highest purse for a full-field Asian Tour event this year.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
The championship, which will feature 144 players, will continue to be jointly organised by Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government (MSB) and the Golf Association of Macau. It is sanctioned by both the Asian Tour and the Golf Association of Macau, and promoted by IMG.
Last year, Hend held off the challenge of his great Asian Tour rival Anirban Lahiri as well as Chiragh Kumar to claim a three-stroke win, becoming only the second player after Chinese great Zhang Lian-wei to win the tournament twice (2013 & 2015).
Fresh from a second Asian Tour win of the year following his triumph at the Queen’s Cup in Thailand over the weekend, the married father-of-two also clinched the True Thailand Classic presented by Chang earlier in the season and bagged three other top-10s.
Speaking about his return to the Venetian Macao Open, the 42-year-old Australian commented:
“The Venetian Macao Open is one of my favourite stops on the Asian Tour and a tournament that I always seem to play my best. The field there is always tough and I am stoked to have come away with two victories and one runner-up finish over the last three years.
“The course itself won’t be any different, but I know the players around me will keep getting better, so I too will need to raise my game to make sure I am ready to defend my title. Hopefully I can emulate Zhang Lian-wei and defend a Venetian Macao Open title.”
Pun Weng Kun, President, Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government, said: “We are delighted with the return of Scott Hend to the Venetian Macao Open. He has had some great battles at the Macau Golf & Country Club over the past few years and provided so much thrill on the course. Not only is he a world-class golfer, Scott is a true ambassador to the sport and an inspiration to youngsters looking to play the sport professionally. We look forward to welcoming him back to our beautiful city.”
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
Dr. Wilfred Wong, President of Sands China Ltd., said: “It is great news that Scott has agreed to return to Macao to compete in the Venetian Macao Open once again. Macao is continuing to build its reputation as one of the top destinations in the world for both leisure and business travel and a golfer of Scott’s calibre will undoubtedly bring a lot of attention and fans to our city. We look forward to supporting the Venetian Macao Open again, and to utilising our hospitality expertise to showcase the best of Macao to all the players and fans in October.”
Kyi Hla Han, Commissioner, Asian Tour added: “The Venetian Macao Open is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the Asian Tour, and where many of the top international players and the best of Asia come to compete. It is a spectacle that provides fans with a lot of excitement every year, with on-course battles between the golfing greats.
“Scott has been the stand-out success story over the last three years with two wins and one runner-up finish, which is by no means an easy feat given the strength of the field every year. It will be an honour for fans to see him in action again this year. I would also like to express our fullest appreciation to The Venetian Macao and the Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government for their vision to grow the game through the staging of the Venetian  Macao Open.”
Now in its 18th edition, many world-class golfers have graced the fairways of Macau Golf & Country Club, including Ernie Els (four-time Major winner), Lee Westwood (winner in 1999), Colin Montgomerie (winner in 2003), Zhang Lian-wei (two-time winner), Anirban Lahiri (winner in 2014), Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam and Mark O’Meara.
Grant Slack, Senior Vice President, IMG Golf, Head of Golf Events, commented: “Over the course of its 18-year history, the tournament has hosted some of the best golfers the world has ever seen and the Venetian Macao Open 2016 looks set to continue the tradition with Scott Hend confirming to participate. With the support of MSB, The Venetian Macao, Golf Association of Macau, Macau Golf & Country Club, as well as all other partners and sponsors, we can look forward to another exciting event for both the competitors and fans alike.”
For more details on the Venetian Macao Open, please visit: www.thevenetianmacaoopen.com.
About Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government (MSB)
Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government, under the capacity of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, is a public organization of administration autonomy. The organization is responsible for the implementation of sport strategy and policy formulated by the Macao SAR Government. Its objective is to stimulate, encourage, and promote all kind of sports in Macao, also to create an essential condition for sport development.
For the development of competitive sports and ‘Sport for all’, Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government 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 Macao, 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 Macao.
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 Macao.
With the mission to encourage and promote golf in Macao, it provides coaching, training and selection of the Macao teams for participation in international events at all levels, and promotes and runs appropriate international and domestic golfing events in Macao, which helps to represent Macao in the golfing world and be a member of appropriate regional and world governing bodies.
About The Venetian® Macao
Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao 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; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 350 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 Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao – Sands China’s Integrated Resort City
Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Sands Resorts Cotai Strip 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. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao has transformed a day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.
Pulsating with life, both night and day, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao. With the opening of The Parisian Macao, it will have nearly 13,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with more than 850 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 150 dining options, including Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and lounges. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is a must-go destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.
Comprised of The Venetian® Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and St. Regis hotels as well as the Holiday Inn. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in 2016, the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip - The Parisian Macao.
For more information, please visit http://en.sandsresortsmacao.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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. 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, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.