Yang seeks wind of change #HoTramOpen

Tue 01 Dec 2015

Yang seeks wind of change #HoTramOpen

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Ho Tram, Vietnam, December 1: Asia’s lone Major champion Y.E. Yang hopes to rediscover his winning touch at the inaugural US$1.5 million Ho Tram Open which starts on Thursday.
As with most players in the elite 132-man field, the Korean star, who is an Asian Tour honorary member, was captivated by the picturesque and award-winning The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, which is a Greg Norman design.
Yang will be joined by fellow Major champions Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland, who is also the Ryder Cup and EurAsia Cup captain for Europe and Geoff Ogilvy of Australia, winner of the 2006 U.S. Open.
Spanish star Sergio Garcia, reigning Asian Tour number one David Lipsky of the United States and big-hitting Australian Scott Hend, who is ranked second on the Order of Merit will also feature in Vietnam’s richest sporting event which includes six former Asian Tour number ones and 15 of the top-20 players from the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
Y.E.Yang of Korea Y.E.Yang of Korea
Yang, who capped a famous win at the 2009 PGA Championship where he defeated then world number one Tiger Woods in a head to head duel , hopes to overcome the blustery conditions in his bid to end a five-year title drought.
“It is very breezy here. It is always difficult when you play in windy conditions but we are all playing under the same conditions. I think luck will play a small factor, depending on where you are in the draw,” said the 43-year-old.
“This golf course looks so good. It is my first time playing in Vietnam so I’m very excited. My game is getting better but I need to focus more and train harder.”
Yang has posted four top-10s this season, with three of his best outings being in Asia. A win at the Ho Tram Open will certainly give Yang the much needed confidence boost before he heads into a Christmas break to prepare for the new season.
“It has been good (this season) so I’m really looking forward to next year. I want to try to win this week. I always aim to win when I play in any tournament. Hopefully when the weekend comes, I will be close or at the top,” smiled Yang.
Englishman Oliver Wilson, who holds one win in Europe, is looking forward to his appearance at the Ho Tram Open. “I got in last night and received a five-star arrival,” beamed the 35-year-old Wilson.
“It’s paradise really, a stunning setting. It’s fantastic to be here. I played nine holes this morning and it’s very interesting. It’ll be a fun course to play. It’s windy and you’ve got to really think your way around the course. You need to have strategy and to be in the right places. I know they are trying to make it as good as possible – Asia’s Grandest Stage – and so far from what I’ve seen, I’ve got to agree.”
While Wilson will be eager for a win in Vietnam, he said Asian golf has improved vastly over the past decade that any of the Asian Tour players could hoist the Ho Tram Open trophy on Sunday. “The standard has improved immensely. When I first came out, most of the guys didn’t swing it that well but they knew how to score.
“Now, I was thinking about it on the first tee watching about eight or nine guys tee off today and everyone was swinging it really well. The quality of the golf swing is so much better. Now, you see more Asian golfers going straight up into the world’s top-50 or contending in Majors. It’s only going to carry on,” he said.
Hole 18 The Bluffs HoTram Hole 18 The Bluffs HoTram
Since opening in October 2014, the links-style layout located two hours southeast of Ho Chi Minh City has been hailed by many of the world’s leading authorities on golf. In January, GOLF Magazine named it one of the world’s best new courses. In July, the Australian Financial Review called it “as pretty a course as you’ll find on the entire Asian continent.”
For more information about the Ho Tram Open including player bios and sponsorship options, visit www.hotramopen.com.
About Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd
Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd. (ACDL) is an international development company specializing in integrated resort destinations. ACDL, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Ho Tram Project Company Ltd, is the developer of the Ho Tram Strip, a group of integrated resorts and residential development located on more than 400 acres of land with more than two kilometers of pristine beach in Ho Tram, Vietnam and an approved Investment Certificate issued by the Government of Vietnam. With a focus on providing a personalized blend of excitement and relaxation, the Ho Tram Strip will feature something for everyone, from lavish entertainment to premium shopping and exceptional recreational facilities.
The first phase of its development – The Grand Ho Tram Strip – opened its doors in 2013 and includes a 541 room five-star hotel, a world-class entertainment facility, restaurants, high-tech meeting space, an exclusive VIP area, three swimming pools, as well as a variety of beach-front recreation activities. The Ho Tram Strip is one of the region’s largest integrated resort projects with major future development phases including an additional 559 rooms and further leisure amenities that will complete The Grand Ho Tram Strip.  Adjacent to The Grand, the 18 hole Greg Norman designed Championship golf course – The Bluffs – opened for play in early 2014.  Future developments at the site will include a residential offering, a second integrated resort similar in size and scale to The Grand, and three additional five star resorts.
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), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), 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.comwww.facebook.com/asiantourgolf,www.twitter.com/asiantourgolfwww.youtube.com/theasiantour