Hong Kong: Less than a year after Miguel Angel Jimenez’s historic victory at the Hong Kong Open, the US$1.3 million championship will return to the late season calendar in 2014.
Hong Kong Golf Club will host the 56th edition of the tournament in Fanling from October 16-19, where Jimenez defeated Welshman Stuart Manley and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat in a play-off last December to win the title for a fourth time and break his own record as the European Tour’s oldest champion, aged 49 years and 337 days.
Once again the Hong Kong Open will be tri-sanctioned between the Asian and European Tours, as well as the Hong Kong Golf Association.
Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han said: “The Hong Kong Open has been a mainstay on the Asian Tour schedule over the years, and fans can once again expect to see the best golfers from Asia competing against their European counterparts.
“As the Asian Tour season builds to a climax, the Hong Kong Open will play an important role in the make-up of the Order of Merit and will be another thrilling week for all the fans in attendance. The Hong Kong Open is one of the most prestigious events in the region and it holds the honour of being the only national championship in Asia to be held at the same golf club since its inauguration in 1959.”
As the penultimate full-field tournament of the 2014 European Tour season before the Final Series, the Hong Kong Open will play a key role in determining the final make-up of The Race to Dubai.
Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer of the European Tour, said: “We are delighted that the Hong Kong Open will return to the schedule later this year, and we are looking forward to heading back to Hong Kong Golf Club, where the tournament has been held for over half a century.
“The Hong Kong Open has a long, rich history, and since it became part of the European Tour International Schedule in the 2002 season, it has given us some wonderful moments, none more so than Miguel’s record-breaking victory last year, his fourth in Hong Kong.
“We are grateful for the co-operation between the European and Asian Tours, the Hong Kong Golf Association and Hong Kong Golf Club and our co-sponsors and partners, which has ensured that this great tournament will continue.”
William Chung, President of the Hong Kong Golf Association, said: “The Hong Kong Open has always been an important opportunity for our local golfers to test their game against the best players in the world and for spectators from Hong Kong and across the globe to watch world-class golf in Hong Kong.”