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Hong Kong Golf Club Welcomes Open Return

The Hong Kong Golf Club will host the 63rd Hong Kong Open in November. Picture by Sportpixgolf.

Hong Kong SAR, China: The Hong Kong Open, the celebrated tournament at the core of the Asian golf calendar for more than six decades, will be played from November 21-24 this year at the fabled Hong Kong Golf Club (HKGC).

Offering prize-money of US$2 million, the event will play a pivotal role in shaping the conclusion of the Asian Tour season.

For the second year in succession, it will also form part of The International Series – 10 elevated events that are integrated into the Asian Tour schedule providing a pathway to the LIV Golf League.

“This year marks the 63rd staging of the Hong Kong Open, and the Hong Kong Golf Club is excited to see it once again positioned as one of the season-ending tournaments, when there is so much to play for,” said Andy Kwok, Captain, HKGC, a Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

“We are looking to build on last year’s successful tournament, boosting the event and the club’s stature in the game by welcoming back a wonderful selection of world-class golfers and fans from right across the Greater Bay Area and beyond,” added Kwok.

A world-class line up be unveiled over the next few months, for a tournament that is one of only two events in the history of the game to be hosted at the same venue for over six decades – alongside The Masters Tournament at Augusta.

Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO, Asian Tour, said: “At the end of last year we were delighted to announce our initial schedule for 2024, which featured the Hong Kong Open. Being able to confirm the dates allows us to take a step another closer to completing the jigsaw.

“The Hong Kong Open and the Hong Kong Golf Club are woven into the fabric of the Asian Tour, and so it is always key to our success to have all aspects of the event confirmed early on.

“The club’s iconic course was voted by our members as the joint best course of the year last season, and I am sure more accolades await this year. We thank the club, their captain Andy Kwok, and Ian Gardner the General Manager, plus the Golf Association of Hong Kong China for their on-going support and commitment.”

New Zealander Ben Campbell raised the trophy last November after a gripping finish. He wrote his name into Hong Kong Open folklore with a gutsy victory, draining a 15-foot birdie putt on the final green to defeat playing partners Cam Smith from Australia and Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai. Campbell had not led at any stage of the tournament until that brilliant last putt.

The Asian Tour’s 2024 calendar currently boasts 21 events visiting 13 countries with a significant number of important tournaments to be added. Once finalised, it’s expected that the schedule will surpass last year, which saw 23 events staged with aggregate prize money of US$35 million.

This year marks the 135th anniversary of the HKGC.

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