After being postponed in late 2019, the Hong Kong Open returns to the Hong Kong Golf Club this week, where some of the Asian and European Tour's best will vie for the title alongside 16 Aussies.
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Englishman Aaron Rai was the last winner of this event in 2018, but won’t tee it up in Hong Kong this week.
COURSE: Comprised of 10 holes from the Eden course and eight holes of Hong Kong Golf Club’s New layout, the composite course used for this event plays to a par of 70 and requires accuracy over power to successfully navigate the heavily tree-lined design.
PLAYERS TO WATCH …
Reigning Open champion Shane Lowry doesn’t have the best record here – missing two previous cuts – however it would be brave to back against a man who has since gone on to achieve his childhood dream of becoming a major champion. Lowry is a very solid ball-striker and owns one of the most imaginative short games in world golf, both great attributes to have at this venue.
Jazz Janewattananond clinched the Asian Tour Order of Merit in emphatic fashion last year and will look to continue in the same vein in 2020. The World No.40 won four times in 2019 and has a solid all-round game.
72-HOLE RECORD: Ian Poulter compiled a 258 winning total (22-under par) at this in 2010.
PAST AUSSIE WINNERS: Wade Ormsby (2017), Sam Brazel (2016), Scott Hend (2014), Greg Norman (1983 & 1979), Kurt Cox (1982), Frank Phillips (1973 & 1966), Randall Vines (1968), Peter Thomson (1967, 1965 & 1960) and Kel Nagle (1961).
AUSTRALIANS IN THE FIELD: Adam Blyth, Sam Brazel, Andrew Dodt, Daniel Fox, Marcus Fraser, David Gleeson, Scott Hend, Jake Higginbottom, Andrew Martin, Daniel Nisbet, Jason Norris, Wade Ormsby, Aaron Pike, Terry Pilkadaris, Travis Smyth and Josh Younger.
Round 1: Thursday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 2:30pm – 7:30pm)
Round 2: Friday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 2:30pm – 7:30pm)
Round 3: Saturday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 3pm – 7:30pm)
Round 4: Sunday (Fox Sports 507 LIVE 5:30pm – 7:30pm)
*AEDT, check local guides