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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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Hong Kong Open is Yet to Have Its Sponsor

The Hong Kong Open sought financial assistance from the government after the organizers became unsuccessful to find a sponsor for the event which costs an amount of $2.75 million.

The organizers’ effort to replace UBS as sponsor went futile. It gives them no other option but to once again seek government assistance to make the 54-year-old event possible this November. The Hong Kong Open is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours.

Hong Kong Golf Association Chief Executive Iain Valentine told the South China Post, “We will be approaching the Mega Events Fund (MEF) in the next two weeks for funding. We hope we will get financial backing from the government once again.”

It was also reported that MEF provided the organizers last year with an amount of $1.03 million as assistance for the same event. The fund was intended to be used as appearance fees to help the tournament organizers attract world top players.

Last year’s tournament champion is world number one Rory McIlroy. He has not yet confirmed his participation to defend the title this year. “There is no guarantee Rory will turn up this year,” said Valentine. McIlroy’s appearance fee is anticipated to have increased after having two major championship victories. The event organizers are still looking forward for his return since it has become a tradition that champions come back to defend their titles.

Omega, a Swiss company, was reported to have rejected the event’s sponsorship. The company’s president Stephen Urquhart told the news team, “Our interests have moved on. We are looking at bigger events, especially in China.” The BMW Masters and HSBC Champions are all set to be held in China come October bragging with prize funds of $7 million.

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