Macao, China: Five-time Major champion Phil Mickelson and rising star Li Haotong will be guests of Las Vegas Sands Corp in Macao today.
The visit will be highlighted by a youth clinic conducted by the two golfers. The trip will be first visit to Macao for Mickelson, the World Golf Hall of Famer.
“We are excited to have Phil and Haotong in Macao and look forward to them interacting with our guests and the local community,” said Rob Goldstein, the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
“This is yet another opportunity to put a spotlight on Macao as a world-class leisure and business tourism destination. Phil Mickelson has a tremendous international following and Haotong’s popularity is only going to continue to rise, especially as he plays in events like the Presidents Cup, later this year. It will be great to have them both in Macao.”
Mickelson said: “I’m honoured to join Las Vegas Sands and especially excited to share my passion for golf with young athletes in Macao. Golf has taught me so many lessons about the importance of sportsmanship, respect and commitment, and I look forward to sharing those important values with the young people during my visit.”
Li said: “To stand beside one of my role models and a legend of the sport in Macao will be a special experience. As golf continues to grow in China I’m proud to be an ambassador for the sport. Golf has great potential to be liked and played by Chinese people. Here in Macao, where East meets West, golf is a bridge to bring people of all ages and walks of life together.”
Mickelson has been playing professionally since 1992. As well as winning three Green Jackets at the US Masters, he’s also triumphed at the PGA Championship and The Open Championship and represented the United States in team events for 24 consecutive appearances, 12 consecutive times in the Presidents Cup and 12 consecutive Ryder Cups.
He became a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012, and his 44 PGA Tour victories rank ninth all time. Mickelson has been inside the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings for more than 25 consecutive years, the first player in the sport to do so.