HSBC Champions Moves to Mission Hills The Olazabal Course at Mission Hills Golf Club will host this year’s WGC- HSBC Champions tournament, which will be played the week of 29 October - 4 November. The event, the biggest in Asia with a total prize purse of US$7 million, previously took place at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, and was won in 2011 by Germany’s Martin Kaymer. This will be the first time that the world’s largest golf club has hosted a World Golf Championship title – and comes a year after the club’s founder Dr David Chu passed away following a long battle with nasal cancer. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, speaking on behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, said, “It is a fitting tribute to David Chu that Mission Hills Guangdong will host the 2012 HSBC Champions. David Chu’s vision for the growth of the game of golf in China was unparalleled and he, along with his sons Ken and Tenniel Chu, have executed on that vision. I have been to Mission Hills Guangdong on numerous occasions, and I know that the 2012 HSBC Champions will be an outstanding success there.”
Nicklaus on Verge of Congressional Gold Medal The United States House of Representatives has voted to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on golfing great Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus (pictured) was cited for his golfing achievements, including a record 18 major championships, and his humanitarian work. Nicklaus heads the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and has raised more than US$12 million to support pediatric health services. The Congressional Gold Medal is awarded to prominent military leaders, public servants, athletes and artists. It was last given in 2010 to Japanese-American World War II veterans. Representative Joe Baca, a Democrat from California, sponsored the bill. Nicklaus’ contemporary Arnold Palmer received the award in 2009. The legislation now goes to the Senate for a vote.
“It’s sort of like you’re going out and have to wait for your wife to do her hair or something ... I just wanted it to be over and know whether I’d won or not.”
–Scott Hend (pictured) on waiting to see whether his brilliant finalround 64 was enough to win last month’s ISPS Handa Singapore Classic. Fortunately for the long-hitting Australian, who finished an hour before the final group completed their round, it was – and he claimed his first Asian Tour title (and US$63,400) since 2008.
HK Golfer・MAY 2012