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Olazabal Joins McIlroy in the UBS Hong Kong Open

UBS Hong Kong Open 2012
Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, together with his winning Ryder Cup team, will go and play in the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling from November 15 to 18. Vice-captain Miguel Angel Jimenez, World number 1 Rory McIlroy and Paul Laurie will join him in the trip after their group miraculously won the Race to Dubai tournament held in Medinah.

Northern Irishman McIlroy won last year’s UBS Hong Kong Open and is coming back to defend his title. The Europeans were the top scorers in the same event which happened on December, last year. This year’s tournament, which is co-sanctioned by both the European and Asian tours, will give away prize money of $2 million.

American golfer Matt Kuchar is joining the Hong Kong Open for the first time and is anticipated to be a strong competitor in the tournament. He said, “I’m very excited about making my debut at the Hong Kong Open, I’ve heard a lot of good things about the tournament and the city, so I look forward to finding out for myself what all the buzz is about.”

“The strength of the field is impressive and Rory’s record in the tournament is even more impressive, so it’s going to be tough to win my first European Tour title but I’m certainly going to give it my best shot,” Kuchar added.

“It’s a great tournament in a fantastic city, so it’s a fun week on and off the course. My record in the event isn’t quite as good as I would like, but the way I’ve been playing this year I feel very confident of giving a good account of myself,” says Laurie who looks forward going to Hong Kong for the competition.

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New Asian Tour CEO Works for an Asian Major Soon

Mike Kerr, the newly appointed CEO of Asian Tour, reveals that talks are already in place to set up a major golf event, hopefully by 2015. Being in the office for just few months, Kerr laid out his dream to expand and go with the current European Tour capacity within the next decade.

“Yes, I think we can have an iconic event in Asia. There are some plans that we have that we’re already in the market talking about. We’re working on it. Let’s say, definitely within the next three to five years.” Kerr said during an interview in Singapore.

Golf’s current majors are: the US Masters, US Open, British Open and the PGA Championship, all of which carry the prestige, tradition and huge prizes established over the years. The Asian Tour envisions itself to be the so-called ‘fifth major’ leading the edge in Asian golf after bringing world-class golf tournaments and increased monetary prizes. The WGC-HSBC Championship and the Singapore Open are currently accepted as Asia’s major.

“The majors are not going to move… …Golf is still in its infancy in this part of the world. The majors have hundreds of years of tradition, which is what sets them apart from every other event,” he shared with the press.

The very optimistic Kerr added, “I think you’ll probably find that we will get that Asian McIlroy. I think the next Rory McIlroy probably will come from this part of the world.”

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