"Mercuries Taiwan Masters raises prize fund to record US$800,000"

Wed 13 Apr 2016

"Mercuries Taiwan Masters raises prize fund to record US$800,000"

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Taipei, April 13: The Mercuries Taiwan Masters will celebrate its 30th anniversary later this year by increasing its prize fund to an all-time high of US$800,000, officials announced today.
The long-running Asian Tour event, which is backed by Mercuries Group, will reinforce its stature as the leading men’s professional golf tournament in Chinese Taipei when it returns to the Taiwan Golf and Country Club’s Tamsui course from September 29 to October 2.
Over the past two years, the event offered US$650,000 to Asia’s leading stars and Foundation for Taiwan Masters Golf Tournament Chairman George Wong believes the significant jump in prize money will ensure the event continues to drive the development of the game in Chinese Taipei.
“We are very much looking forward to celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters from September 29 to October 2, 2016. We have enjoyed three decades of glorious golf at the Tamsui course and welcomed worthy champions along the way.
“The Mercuries Group remains fully committed in promoting professional golf in Chinese Taipei and across Asia and I believe the record prize fund of US$800,000 at this year’s milestone event will ensure another great tournament for fans and television viewers,” said Wong.
Last year, Malaysia’s Danny Chia triumphed at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters for his second Asian Tour victory. He joined an illustrious list of champions at the event which was inaugurated in 1987 and modelled after the Masters Tournament in the United States.
Past winners of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters include local heroes T.C. Chen, Hsieh Min-nan, Lin Keng-chi, Lin Wen-tang and Lu Wei-chih, Thai star Thaworn Wiratchant, India’s Gaurav Ghei, Sweden’s Daniel Chopra and Scott Hend of Australia.
Asian Tour Commissioner Kyi Hla Han expressed his fullest appreciation to Mercuries Group.
“It is fantastic news that the Mercuries Group has raised its tournament prize fund to an all-time high of US$800,000. On behalf of our members, I would like to thank George and Mercuries Group for their sterling support towards professional golf at the highest level in Asia.
“Sponsorship is the lifeblood of professional golf and we are delighted to have with us a sponsor who fully supports golf in Chinese Taipei and Asia. As we prepare to celebrate 30 years of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, I am confident we will witness another closely fought and exciting tournament,” said Han.
The Mercuries Taiwan Masters is one of two Asian Tour events held in Chinese Taipei annually.
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