Record prize fund for Venetian Macau Open

Thu 22 May 2014

Record prize fund for Venetian Macau Open

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Macau, May 22: Big-hitting Australian Scott Hend has confirmed he will defend the Venetian Macau Open title he won in emphatic style last year. That victory was his fifth Asian Tour title and completed a hat-trick of wins in 2013 which propelled him to second place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
“Last year was something of a stellar year for me with three wins across the season,” said Hend.  “The Venetian Macau Open was probably the highlight as I managed to hold off Ernie Els and a good field to win by three shots.  I started terribly with a 74 but came back strongly with three low rounds to win it.
“I’m really looking forward to defending the title. The Venetian Macau Open is such a great event in such a great city and the players love it. Hence you always get a strong Asian Tour field so it’s a good battle over a challenging course,” concluded Hend.
Asian golf received further good news with the announcement that this year’s Venetian Macau Open will boast the highest prize purse in the storied history of the event.  Sponsored by The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel for the third year in succession, the field will compete for US$900,000, a 12.5% increase on last year’s purse.
Officials have also confirmed the dates for the 16th Macau Open where the hugely popular tournament will be played from October 23-26 over the magnificent Macau Golf & Country Club, a course that contains one of the most spectacular par threes on the Asian Tour, a 238 yard hole that plunges 140m from tee to green.
Jose Tavares, President of the Macau Sport Development Board (MSDB), co-organisers of the event along with the Golf Association of Macau, commented:  “Everyone involved in the tournament is delighted with the continued growth of the Venetian Macau Open and we’re honoured that such a prestigious and supportive sponsor is once again involved.  The event is going from strength to strength with prize money increasing year on year which in turn attracts an ever more competitive field.
“We are now firmly established as one of the leading sporting and social events in the annual Macau calendar, showcasing Macau’s world-class event hosting capability to audiences across the globe.”
Mr. Charles Lo, President of the Golf Association of Macau added: “We have had a long-term and wonderful working relationship with the MSDB over this tournament and we hope to continue this for many years and to carry on showcasing to the world how Macau can play host to a top class international golf tournament.”
Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. commented: “This year is the third consecutive year of The Venetian Macao’s sponsorship of the Macau Open and we’re thrilled to be involved with one of Macau’s premier events once again. The Venetian Macao provides wonderful experiences for our guests and the Venetian Macau Open is an extension of that.  Our partnership with MSDB and the Macau Golf Association continues to blossom and we’re looking forward to another fantastic tournament this year.”
The tournament has rapidly re-established itself as a popular stop on the Asian Tour schedule, a point reiterated by Asian Tour Chairman, Kyi Hla Han: “With the generous sponsorship of The Venetian Macao and the hard work of the MSDB, Golf Association of Macau and promoters IMG, the Macau Open is now back to where it belongs, as a prestigious and eagerly anticipated event on the Asian Tour.  Macau is a great place to come and the players love the city as much as they love the course and the tournament.  It makes for a wonderful week of top-class golf and top-class entertainment.”
Live action across all four days of the Venetian Macau Open will be beamed on the Asian Tour television platform, which provided over 600 hours of coverage last year, reaching 650 million homes across the globe.
Grant Slack, IMG Senior Vice President, commented: “It’s a pleasure to be working with such committed partners as the MSDB, MGA and The Venetian Macao on this event.  Together we have been able to grow the tournament and I very much hope we continue to sustain that growth in future years.  All partners in the event have a shared vision of showcasing Macau to the world as a top leisure and sports; business travel destination and the Venetian Macau Open is a fantastic way to do that.
“The tournament will offer free entry for all golf fans so it’s a terrific opportunity to see the stars of Asian golf in the heat of competition,” continued Slack. “We look forward to welcoming the crowds to the Macau Golf & Country Club in October.”
Since its inauguration in 1998, the tournament has been graced by the presence of some of the best golfers the world has ever seen, including Lee Westwood, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam, Mark O’Meara and last year, Ernie Els.
For more details on the Venetian Macau Open, please visit www.thevenetianmacauopen.com
About Macau Sport Development Board of the Macau Special Administrative Region Government
Macau Sport Development Board, under the capacity of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macau SAR Government, is a public organization of administration autonomy. The organization is responsible for the implementation of sport strategy and policy formulated by the Macau SAR Government. Its objective is to stimulate, encourage, and promote all kind of sports in Macau, also to create an essential condition for sport development.
For the development of competitive sports and ‘Sport for all’, the Macau Sport Development Board 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 Macau, 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 Macau.
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 Macau.
With the mission to encourage and promote golf in Macau, it provides coaching, training and selection of the Macau teams for participation in international events at all levels, and promotes and runs appropriate international and domestic golfing events in Macau, which helps to represent Macau in the golfing world and be a member of appropriate regional and world governing bodies.
About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel
Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel 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 300 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 Cotai Strip Resorts Macao – Macao’s Integrated Resort City
Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Cotai Strip Resorts 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. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.
Pulsating with life, both night and day, Cotai Strip Resorts 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 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including international restaurants, bars and lounges. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is a must-see destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.
Comprised of The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach.
Cotai Strip Resorts Macao….Macao Starts Here. For more information, please visit www.cotaistrip.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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. 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 Worldwide is a global sports, fashion and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in more than 30 countries around the globe. IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging:  IMG College; IMG’s Joint Ventures in India, China, Brazil and Turkey; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academy; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing.  More information is available at www.imgworld.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.