China plays host as the penultimate European Tour event of 2016 takes place at the 58th UBS Hong Kong Open.

The event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour as well as the European, is the longest running sporting event in Hong Kong.


A colossal 126-man field takes to the tee, with a long list of past winners including defending champion Justin Rose, Scott Hend, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Ian Poulter, Grègory Bourdy and Lin Wen-Tang.

Last time out Rose won this event with a score of 17-under-par, beating Lucas Bjerregaard by one shot. Rose, however, has never defended one of his nine European Tour titles.

Spanish veteran Jiménez is the events joint-most prolific winner with a total of four Hong Kong Open titles. His 2012 victory saw him break the record for oldest winner on the European Tour, a record which he broke one year later himself at the same event, aged 49 years and 337 days.


An aggregate score of 258 in 2010 was enough to win the event for Ian Poulter and set the tournament score record, as well as equalling the to-par record of 22-under-par with José María Olazábal.

The illustrious list of past winners will be joined by some of the games biggest names looking to earn a maiden victory at this event. Masters champion Danny Willett will be accompanied by Patrick Reed, on the back of a 10th place finish at the Hero World Challenge, and European Ryder Cup star Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

After leading through 18, 36 and 54 holes at the Australian PGA Championship, world number 314 Andrew Dodt will hope to go one better this week after falling short of Harold Varner III in Queensland.

Formerly the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club, the Hong Kong Golf Club continues its run as host of the event. The course is a par 70 sitting at just under 7000 yards and has been the home of the Hong Kong Open since its inception on the European Tour in 2001.


A modest prize-fund of $2,000,000 is on offer between the 126 competitors, but the psychological advantage of winning the years final event heading into 2017 would be priceless for anyone in the field.

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