18th edition of prestigious tournament boasts strongest line-up in recent years
(Macao, Oct. 11, 2016) – The Venetian Macao Open plays host this week to some of the world’s best known golfers, bidding for championship glory and challenging for serious ranking points as the Asian Tour season heads into the home straight.
Defending champion Scott Hend who also won in 2013, and 2014 winner Anirban Lahiri have been the form players over the last three editions of the tournament, which will once again take place at the Macau Golf & Country Club. However, with one of the strongest line-up ever assembled at the US$1.1 million event, the two stars might not have it all their own way as action gets underway this Thursday.
With two tournament wins and six other top ten finishes this year, world number 14 Branden Grace is hoping to put the breaks on, at least temporarily, the Hend-Lahiri dominance at the Venetian Macao Open. A fan favourite, the South African will no doubt delight with his breath-taking skill as he looks to end his 2016 season on a high.
The Australian Hend, said:
“It will be a really fun week and an extremely competitive Venetian Macao Open with the players we have here. I have always said that, with each year that I come to play, the quality of the field here in Macao just keeps on getting stronger and stronger. Looking at the champions around me today, it could be anybody’s trophy on Sunday. If nothing else, I know the course, I have done well on it, and I hope that gives me a bit of an advantage.”
Lahiri, one of the finest players to hail from India, has almost as impressive a record as Hend at The Venetian Macao Open, having been runner-up in 2013 and 2015, in addition to his first victory in Macao in 2014. The 18-time tour winner will look to even the scores with the defending champion later this week.
2016 Ryder Cup Team Europe captain Darren Clarke will be retruning to the Macau Golf & Country Club for the first time since 1999. The 2011 Open Championship winner has invested much of his efforts this year on leading Team Europe to bid for glory at the prestigious team tournament and will make his return as a player right here in Macao. The 48-year-old Ulsterman is extremely popular with fans and will no doubt bring an additional flavor to the tournament as he bids for his first title of the year.
The Chinese challenge will once again be spearheaded by the great Zhang Lian-wei. A two-time winner of the Venetian Macao Open (2001 & 2002) alongside Hend, his record at the 18-year-old tournament speaks for itself with 17 appearances and 16 cuts made. Now a regular on the seniors tour, he is continuing to trailblaze and create history for China as he did as a professional on the Asian and European Tours, in a career that spans over two decades.
Inaugurated in 1998, The Venetian Macao became title sponsor of the tournament in 2012 and since then, has seen it develop into one of the most prestigious professional golf tournaments in the region and at US$1.1 million, the highest purse 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 both the Asian Tour and the Golf Association of Macau, and promoted by IMG.
For more details on the Venetian Macao Open, please visit: www.thevenetianmacaoopen.com.
Image 2: (L-R) Darren Clarke, Anirban Lahiri, Branden Grace, Scott Hend, Zhang Lian-wei
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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.
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 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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