Four-time winner this season Dou Ze-cheng leads upcoming Chinese talents to bid for glory
(Macao,Sept. 28, 2016) – China’s most decorated golfers Zhang Lian-wei and Liang Wen-chong will lead the challenge to bring the Venetian Macao Open trophy back to their homeland for the first time in 14 years when the prestigious tournament takes place on October 13-16 at the Macau Golf & Country Club.
A five-time Asian Tour winner, Zhuhai native Zhang is the only player from his country to have held the Venetian Macao Open trophy, when he won back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002. In the tournament’s 17-year history, the 51-year-old has only missed the event once due to injury. Making every cut bar-one, Zhang is one of the most vocal supporters of the US $1.1 million event and is currently having a stellar season after recording his country’s first title on the European Senior Tour in the UK.
Zhang will be joined by Liang, the only Chinese golfer to ever make the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking and win the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit title. The 38-year-old has played the last three Venetian Macao Opens, and was the top Chinese finisher each time. The 2007 Asian Tour number one commented:
“I am delighted to be returning to the Venetian Macao Open. I still have vivid memories of my appearance in 2013 – I remember playing better as the tournament went on and ended up finishing just outside of the top 10. The event is an important stop for me given its timing and quality of field. As the season draws to a close, it is always a confidence booster when you do well at a tournament like Macao. It really sets you up for the next year.”
The two legends will lead six other gifted countrymen, five of whom are 20-years-old or younger, in attempt to wrestle the title away from defending champion Scott Hend of Australia. Nineteen-year-old Dou Ze-cheng has a current Official World Golf Ranking of 179, following an impressive season of four tournament wins. The Venetian Macao Open debutant turned professional in 2014 and has rapidly climbed the rankings since then, thanks largely to four victories on the domestic circuit this season.
The quality field for the 2016 tournament will also feature Cao Yi (26) and She Zi-han (19), both of whom put in outstanding performances at the Yulongwan Yunnan Open earlier this year to finish 4th and 6th respectively, as well as this season’s the two-time tour runner-up, 20-year-old Chen Zi-hao from Zhuhai. Liu Yan-wei, whose best performance in 2016 was a tied-6th finish at the Cadillac Championship, and 16-year-old sensation Zhang Jun-bin round off the Chinese contingent at the 2016 Venetian Macao Open.
Inaugurated in 1998, The Venetian Macao became title sponsor of the tournament in 2012 and since then it has developed into one of the most prestigious professional golf tournaments in the region and the highest purse, at US $1.1 million, for a full-field Asian Tour event this year. The 144-player championship will continue to be jointly organised by Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government (MSB) and the Golf Association of Macau. It is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Golf Association of Macau, and promoted by IMG.
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About Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government (MSB)
Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government, 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’, Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government 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 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.
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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 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; 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.
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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 the opening of The Parisian Macao, it will have nearly 13,000hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with more than 850 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 150 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; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and St. Regis hotels as well as the Holiday Inn. 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. For more information, please visit ParisianMacao.com.
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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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