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Cover Story:2018 HONMA Hong Kong Open

Star-studded field set to battle for the 2018 HONMA Hong Kong Open crown

The 2018 HONMA Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi celebrates its 60th anniversary with its strongest field of world-class golfers yet. The event kicks off the 2019 European Tour Race to Dubai calendar and also anchors as one of the Asian Tour’s closing events, thus ensuring four days of keen competition and exciting action on display at the Hong Kong Gofl Club in Fanling.

The impressive field includes two of the heroes from the winning European Ryder Cup team in France in September. Tommy Fleetwood, who earned four points for the European side, will be joined by Spain’s Sergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters Champion who broke Sir Nick Faldo’s all-time scoring record in a Ryder Cup career. Widely recognised as a rising golf superstar, Fleetwood – who is making his third appearance at the Hong Kong Open – was also the 2017 European Tour Race to Dubai winner and came in second to Brooks Koepka at the 2018 US Open.

Making his third appearance here is American golfer Patrick Reed, nicknamed “Captain America” and the reigning Masters Champion, who staved off charging fellow American golfers Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth at this year’s Augusta National to win the coveted Green Jacket and his first Major. Other star attractions include Wade Ormsby, last year’s winner who is keen to mount a successful defence of his title, Matthew Fitzpatrick a multiple European Tour winner, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, the colourful Englishman and fan favourite and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello who will be looking to go one better than his second place finish in the last two editions of the Championship .

If the past is any indication the tournament should provide superb shotmaking and dramatic finishes, with a new champion joining the list of illustrious past winners including Majors Champions José María Olazábal, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington. Away from the golf course, visitors can enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Spectator Village, which offers golf, food, drinks and entertainment for the whole family.

The tournament is free to the public on Thursday and Friday. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are available for purchase via Ticketflap. Under 21s and all visitors aged 60 and above can attend all four days of the tournament for free. For more information see www.honmahkopen.com.

Be sure to mark your calendar for one of the major events of Hong Kong’s sporting year!

The Hong Kong Golf Club: Lot No. 1, Fan Kam Road, Sheung Shui, New Territories, Hong Kong; 22-25 Nov; Various prices



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