Hong Kong Open golf confirmed for next year
The European Tour and co-sanctioning partners the Asian Tour have confirmed the Hong Kong Open will be staged from October 22-25 next year.
Hong Kong: The European Tour and co-sanctioning partners the Asian Tour have confirmed the Hong Kong Open will be staged from October 22-25 next year.
Thanks to the invaluable support of the Hong Kong Golf Club, the tournament will continue to be the territory's longest-running professional sporting event, having been established in 1959 and staged at the iconic Fanling venue since its inception 56 years ago.
Sanctioned by The European and Asian Tours, along with the Hong Kong Golf Association, since 2001, the tournament remains one of the most popular on the schedules of both tours, with players enjoying the unique challenge of the Hong Kong Golf Club, which this year is celebrating its 125th anniversary.
The selected date to host the event will see the Hong Kong Open become the last event on The European Tour International Schedule before its lucrative Final Series gets underway, and will represent the last opportunity for the Tour's Membership to qualify for the Race to Dubai's Final Series.
As in previous editions, the Hong Kong Open will also be an important fixture on the Asian Tour Schedule where the money will be counted on the Order of Merit at a crucial stage of the season.
Mark Roberts, the current Captain of the Hong Kong Golf Club, said: "We are delighted to continue our support of this great tournament and look forward to working with The European Tour, the Asian Tour and, of course, the Hong Kong Golf Association, next season.
"The Hong Kong Golf Club is celebrating its 125 year anniversary this year and has hosted every edition of the Hong Kong Open since 1959. The tournament belongs here and makes a huge contribution to our club's rich heritage and tradition, and we look forward to a bright future for the tournament in the coming years."
Ning Li, President of the Hong Kong Golf Association,
said: "We have a very proud association with the Hong Kong Golf Club so we are naturally delighted at this news. Our national Open Championship has only ever had one home, and we hope to continue that tradition for as long as the tournament is staged."
Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han said: "On behalf of the Asian Tour, we are delighted to welcome the return of the prestigious Hong Kong Open in 2015. The Hong Kong Open is steeped in history and it is one of the most popular events on our schedule. We look forward to working closely again with The European Tour and the Hong Kong Golf Association to ensure another successful showpiece."
Jamie Birkmyre, Championship Director of the Hong Kong Open, said: "We are indebted to the Hong Kong Golf Club and all of our existing sponsors and partners for their incredible support of the Hong Kong Open. Without that support, the tournament simply would not happen and we look forward to working with the club to enhance and improve this great event. To be in a position to confirm the 2015 edition of the tournament gives us a great foundation to build upon as we seek to attract further investment in the Hong Kong Open."