Lahiri to defend Venetian Macao Open title

Thu 23 Jul 2015

Lahiri to defend Venetian Macao Open title

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Macao, July 23: Already one of the highlights on the Asian Tour, the Venetian Macao Open will raise the bar once again when the 17th edition of the tournament returns to the Macau Golf & Country Club one week earlier than usual, from 15 – 18 October.
With the continued commitment of title sponsor – The Venetian Macao, the tournament’s prize purse sees a third consecutive increase, taking it to the all-important US$1 million mark – a rise of US$100,000 on 2014, making it one of the most lucrative tournaments on the Asian Tour.
[pullquote align="left"]The Venetian Macao Open is certainly one of the best tournaments we play all year.[/pullquote]And with confirmation that defending champion and current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Anirban Lahiri will be returning to Macao to defend the title he won in such dramatic style last year, the tournament once again promises to deliver a first class spectacle when the action gets underway in October.
Last year’s win propelled Lahiri towards a second place finish on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and being voted 2014 Players’ Player of the Year for his exploits. Speaking about his return to the Macau Golf & Country Club, the 28-year-old from Bangalore said, “2014 was a superb tournament and went right down to the wire in the fourth round. I managed to put myself in contention on the back nine, putting a bit of pressure on Scott Hend which paid off. The Venetian Macao Open is certainly one of the best tournaments we play all year. It’s very intimate and it’s just great fun to be right in the heart of Macao.”
“The season’s going well so far with a win in Malaysia and back home in India and a competitive result at The Open at St Andrews last week so I’ll be looking to take that momentum back to Asia and see if I can make it a double,” continued Lahiri.
Speaking ahead of the official announcement of the 2015 edition of the tournament, José Tavares, President of Macao Sport Development Board of Macao SAR Government (MSDB) said, “Once again we’re delighted to see the return of the Venetian Macao Open. Already one of the players’ favourites, the tournament continues to go from strength to strength with a further increase in prize purse and growing popularity among the general public. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners: Golf Association of Macao, The Venetian Macao, who I’m sure, together with IMG, will create another top quality sporting spectacle for Macao.”Venetian Macau Open - Round Four
And it won’t just be what goes on inside the ropes that is expected to catch the eye of event goers. Relaunched under the banner of ‘Only in Macao,’ organisers are promising an exciting entertainment lineup off the golf course as well, as Dave Horton, Global Chief Marketing Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Sands China Ltd. explained:
“Over the years, the Venetian Macao Open has established itself as one of the premier tournaments in the region, enabling spectators to get closer to the stars of the game than at other tournaments. As the leader in Macao when it comes to delivering world-class sporting and entertainment events, we are always trying to bring bigger and better events to the region. One of our goals for this year is to combine the intimacy of the tournament with the allure of Macao to create top quality entertainment both on and off the fairways.”
Kyi Hla Han, Chairman of the Asian Tour said, “The Venetian Macao Open provides a great spectacle each year and is undoubtedly one of the players’ favourite tournaments. The welcome we receive from The Venetian Macao is always first-rated and I have no doubt that with a third consecutive increase to the prize purse, fans can expect to watch Asia’s finest players in action. On behalf of the Asian Tour, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Organisers: Macao Sport Development Board, Golf Association of Macao and The Venetian Macao for their continued commitment to the tournament, Macau Golf & Country Club for the use of their unique club and golf course and to tournament promoters IMG for staging such a first class event. We look forward to seeing you in October!”
Since its inauguration in 1998, the tournament has been contested by some of the best golfers the world has ever seen, including Lee Westwood (winner in 1999), Colin Montgomerie (winner in 2003), Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam, Mark O’Meara and Zhang Lian-wei.
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The Venetian Macao Open is jointly organised by Macao Sport Development Board of Macao SAR Government (MSDB) and Golf Association of Macao.  It is sanctioned by both the Asian Tour and the Golf Association of Macao, and promoted by IMG. The Venetian Macao is the title sponsor of the event for a fourth successive year, boasting an increased prize fund of US$ 1 million.
In addition to the Macao Sport Development Board (MSDB) and The Venetian Macao who support this annual sports event, also including other sponsors like Rolex, Peroni, Bonaqua/Coca-Cola, Nike, Macau Golf & Country Club, Srixon, Casillero del Diablo.
For more details on the Venetian Macao Open, please visit www.thevenetianmacaoopen.com
About Macao Sport Development Board of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government
Macao Sport Development Board, 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’, the Macao Sport Development Board organises 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 Macao
Founded in 2000, the Golf Association of Macao 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 & Spa; 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 approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with more than 650 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.5 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 120 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 Holiday Inn hotels 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.
Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao… Be at the Centre of It All! 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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), 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 25 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages thousands of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is the world’s largest independent producer and distributor 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, the world’s leading entertainment agency, to form WME | IMG.