Kuchar awarded Cadillac Escalade for his ace at #HSBCChampions

Fri 04 Nov 2016

Kuchar awarded Cadillac Escalade for his ace at #HSBCChampions

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Shanghai, November 3: Tournament officials and Cadillac today announced that Matt Kuchar, who aced the par-3 17th hole at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions last week, would, in fact, be awarded with the Cadillac vehicle of his choice as a prize for the hole-in-one.
As was noted to all players during the round, the tees were moved up to make the hole 193 yards due to the conditions, which meant the hole played less than the required 200-plus yards that it would take to win the Cadillac vehicle displayed. Kuchar was told by his caddie, John Wood, just before playing the hole that it no longer qualified for the Cadillac vehicle giveaway.
After learning of the situation, Cadillac, a six-year title sponsor of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and the official vehicle and umbrella sponsor of the entire World Golf Championships series through 2016, chose to award Kuchar with the Cadillac of his choice.
“Matt Kuchar is one of golf’s most respected players, known for his talent, persistence and sportsmanship,” said Melody Lee, Director of Brand Marketing for Cadillac. “Cadillac celebrates Matt’s achievements throughout his career, as well as his extraordinary hole-in-one at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Championship.”
Kuchar’s description of the hole-in-one has since changed.
“Certainly this is no longer the saddest hole-in-one of my life,” Kuchar said. “My 9-year-old son recently asked me if I’d ever made a hole-in-one to win a car and I’ll be happy to now tell him that I have. Cadillac has long supported the game of golf and this type of gesture shows why they are a respected company in the industry.”
Kuchar was given the option to choose any car within Cadillac’s lineup as his prize for the hole-in-one. He chose a 2017 Cadillac Escalade.
The World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions is one of the most elite and exciting tournaments on golf’s calendar as the HSBC Champions is one in a series of four World Golf Championships events sanctioned and organized 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 HSBC Champions field annually consists of the very best players from around the world from all Tours.
About Cadillac
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring distinctive design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at www.cadillac.com. Cadillac's media website with information, images and video can be found at media.cadillac.com.
About HBSC
HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services to customers through four global businesses; Global Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Global Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets and Global Private Banking.
The HSBC Group
HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 4,400 offices in 71 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,608bn at 30 June 2016, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.
About HSBC Golf Sponsorships
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. For more details on HSBC's golf activities, visit www.hsbcgolf.com
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.
About the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions
In 2017, the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions will be the first of four World Golf Championships events sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours on the PGA TOUR schedule. The other World Golf Championships include the Mexico Championship (Mexico City), the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio) and the Dell Match Play (Austin, Texas).