Macao: The Venetian Macao Open will raise the bar once again when the 17th edition of the tournament returns to the Macau Golf & Country Club one week earlier than usual, from October 15-18.
With the continued commitment of title sponsor, The Venetian Macao, the tournament’s prize purse sees a third consecutive increase, taking it to the US$1 million mark – a rise of US$100,000 on 2014, making it one of the most lucrative tournaments on the Asian Tour.
In a further boost to the tournament, current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Anirban Lahiri has confirmed he will return to Macao to defend the title he won in dramatic style in 2014.
The 28-year-old Indian said: “The Venetian Macao Open is one of the best tournaments we play. It’s very intimate and it’s just great fun to be right in the heart of Macao.
“This season is going well for me so far with a win in Malaysia and back home in India and a competitive result at The Open at St Andrews. I’ll be looking to take that momentum back to Asia.”
José Tavares, President of Macao Sport Development Board of Macao SAR Government (MSDB) said: “We’re delighted to see the return of the Venetian Macao Open. The tournament continues to go from strength to strength with a further increase in prize purse and growing popularity among the general public.”
Relaunched under the banner of ‘Only in Macao’, organisers are promising an exciting entertainment line-up off the golf course.
Dave Horton, Global Chief Marketing Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp and Sands China Ltd, said: “Over the years, the Venetian Macao Open has established itself as one of the premier tournaments in the region, enabling spectators to get closer to the stars of the game than at other tournaments.
“As the leader in Macao when it comes to delivering world-class sporting and entertainment events, we are always trying to bring bigger and better events to the region. One of our goals for this year is to combine the intimacy of the tournament with the allure of Macao to create top quality entertainment both on and off the fairways.”
The Venetian Macao Open is jointly organised by Macao Sport Development Board of Macao SAR Government (MSDB) and Golf Association of Macao. It is sanctioned by both the Asian Tour and the Golf Association of Macao, and promoted by IMG, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.