Li aims to be the force to be reckoned with #HSBCChampions

Wed 26 Oct 2016

Li aims to be the force to be reckoned with #HSBCChampions


Shanghai, October 26: China’s Li Hao-tong is seeking a repeat of another home victory when the WGC-HSBC Champions starts at the Sheshan International Golf Club on Thursday.

In line with the superhero theme for the US$9.5 million Chinese showpiece this year, Li, who won his National Open in May, is hoping his alter ego, ‘The Force’ can produce another grandstand finish in front of his home fans again.

“I feel very good about coming back to compete at the WGC-HSBC Champions again. I’ve been playing very well this year and I’m hoping to carry that form over to this week’s event.

“The field’s a really strong one and it’ll be challenging. But I’m looking forward to it,” said the 21-year-old.

Reigning champion, Scotland’s Russell Knox, will defend his title against an all-star cast, including world number two and 2016 US Open Champion Dustin Johnson, world number three and four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy, two-time US Masters Champion and winner of the 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions Bubba Watson, as well as Open Champion and Olympic Silver medallist Henrik Stenson.

Li finished tied for seventh at the WGC-HSBC Champions last year, emerging as the highest placed player from Asia.

While he admits he may not be in the same league as the rest of the other superheroes, Li, who had the distinction of being the first Chinese to be involved in the opening ceremony, knows it will be a matter of time before he joins the exclusive club.

“I think I still have a long way to go in terms of catching up with these top players. But I also know that if I keep working hard, I’ll belong in this elite company one day.

“It was a huge honour to be the first Chinese player to feature in the opening ceremony. It is a great motivation and will inspire me to do better and raise the profile of Chinese golfers not only in China, but all around the world,” said Li.

Li is among the six Chinese players hoping to become the first Chinese to win a World Golf Championship title on home soil this week.

For more details on the WGC-HSBC Champions and all ticket information, please visit or follow official WeChat account: HSBCChampions


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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.

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About IMG

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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).

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), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.


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