Macau: The Venetian Macao has extended its title sponsorship of the Venetian Macau Open for a further two years until 2016.
The Macau Sport Development Board (MSDB) and its partners, the Asian Tour, Macau Golf Association and IMG, confirmed that next year’s edition will be staged at the Macau Golf and Country Club from October 15-18.
Through this extension, The Venetian Macao has also committed to increase the tournament’s prize fund, which stood at US$900,000 this year.
This year, four-time Major winner Ernie Els, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thai Thongchai Jaidee were the top attractions in a field which included 17 of the top-20 players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit. Indian Anirban Lahiri won the tournament with a score of 17-under-par 267.
Jose Tavares, President of MSDB, said: “We are proud to announce that the Venetian Macau Open will continue to be held on the Asian Tour until 2016. Through the commitment of The Venetian Macao, our event has become one of the most successful sporting events in Macau and on the Asian Tour.
“With the renewal of our partnership with the key stakeholders, we believe the success of the Venetian Macau Open will continue to spur the development of the game here and provide the opportunity for Macau sports fans and the local community to watch world-class golf at our doorstep.”
Since assuming the role as title sponsor in 2012, The Venetian Macao has been instrumental in growing the stature of Macau’s flagship championship.
Gunther Hatt, Executive Vice President of Operations, Sands China Ltd, said: “The Venetian Macao has been delighted to play a major role in raising the stature and prestige of the Venetian Macau Open.
“We remain fully committed to growing the event as this great tournament puts The Venetian Macao and Macau firmly in the forefront on the global golfing map. This fits very well in our drive and efforts to showcase Macau as a leading destination for tourism, leisure and entertainment in Asia.”
The Venetian Macau Open is promoted by IMG, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.