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HK Golfer Issue 118

December 2016

46 On the Cover:

Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose will defend his UBS Hong Kong Open title. The Englishman claimed his victory last year after a thrilling tussle with Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard and is looking forward to reacquainting himself with the Hong Kong Golf Club. Photo by Daniel Wong



34 | Hong Kong Seniors Amateur

16 | Divots

Open Championship

The A merican born Doug Williams continued his remarkable winning ways with a hard-fought victory at the Hong Kong Seniors Amateur Open Championship. By Louie Chan

38 | The Inaugural Champion

Australia’s Daniel Nisbet won the playoff against American Alex Kang in dramatic fashion at the inaugural Clearwater Bay Open, Hong Kong’s first PGA TOUR China Series event. By Louie Chan

44 | From the Pro

Michelle Lee, who will play for t he Universit y of Washington in 2017, has her swing analysed frame by frame by our Hong Kong-based teaching professional. By Nathan Goulding

46 | UBS Hong Kong Open Preview

Hong Kong’s oldest professional sporting event has a habit of producing more than its fair share of memorable moments. By The Editors

54 | Star Power

Chinese golfer Li Hao-tong delighted his home crowds by holding off a host of Major champions to win the 2016 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in Hainan. By The Editors

60 | Turkish Delight

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Thorbjørn Olesen won his fourth European Tour title, the Turkish Airlines Open, to become the first Dane to win in a Final Series event. By Louie Chan

News and events from Hong Kong and the region. By The Editors

18 | In Focus A pictorial review of the last 30 days from around the world. By The Editors

25 | Tee Time Audemars Piguet presents To Break the Rules, You Must First Master Them exhibition at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. By The Editors

30 | Liquid Assets Johnnie Walker Blue Label partners with the Peninsula Hong Kong to provide the ultimate whisky & chocolate gift set. By The Editors

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England Regain Shanghai Silverware

(Top) The four teams on the first tee at Shek O Country Club, (Right) The proud winners with the trophy, Garret, Wallace, Wardell and Hammond.



Ea rly November saw a renovated Shek O hosting the Shanghai Cup in perfect conditions. The annual Shanghai Cup event was originally a golfing version of the Calcutta Cup, t he highly-charged gr udge match between Scotland and England. However, in recent years the competition has expanded to include each of the four sporting Home Nations. Defending champions Scotland went into the 2016 version brimming with confidence, but took home the wooden spoon behind Ireland as Wales and England tied for first place at the end of play. In true Shek O tradition a “chip off” ensued, with Robin Hammond edging out Jon Williams to give England the title. The scoring was the tightest since the event began, with only 3 points separating all four teams. The winning England team celebrated becoming the first two-time winner under the new format, having previously won in 2014. There was some consolation for the Irish and Scots with Mark Dineley taking Longest Drive and Charles McLaughlin bagging Nearest the Pin. T he format is st ra ight for wa rd: each country fields a four-man team, with each of

the four flights containing a representative from each of t hose nat ions. Poi nt s a re awarded within each flight, with four points going to the winner, three to the runner-up, and so on. Final Results: England (11 points): Robin Hammond (1), Bob Wallace (4), Jim Wardell (2), Richard Garret (4) Wales (11): Jonathan Williams (4), Stephen Gore (3), Paul Brown (3), Justin Davies (1) Ireland (10): Mark Dineley (2), Mark Cummings (2), Mervyn Jacob (4), Mark Dillon (2) Scotland (8): Gordon Watson (3), Kirk Beaton (1), Peter Brannan (1), Charles McLaughlin (3) HKGOLFER.COM

Jason Hak Signs as Clearwater Bay Ambassador

Hong Kong No. 1 Jason Hak Shun-yat has signed a three-year agreement to be an Ambassador for The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. As part of the agreement, the Club’s logo will appear on Hak’s golf shirt and his golf bag. Hak, 22, participated in a signing ceremony with Club Chairman Wyman Li and Golf Committee Chairman David Hui before being presented to Club members, “I’d like to thank The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club for giving me this opportunity,” Hak said. “It’s an honour to be the Club’s Ambassador. I’m really looking forward to working with the Club for the next three years and meeting all the members.”

Hak represented Hong Kong in many amateur compet it ions, i nclud i ng t he 2011 Put ra Cup at Clearwater Bay and is still remembered for becoming the youngest player to make the cut at a European Tour event at the Hong Kong Open in 2008, aged 14 years and 304 days. He went on to make the cut at his home Open in 2009 and 2011, and also topped the American Junior Golf Association’s rankings before joining Georgia Tech in 2012. Hak was 19 when he turned pro in August 2013 and has shone on this year’s PGA TOUR China Series

Michelle Lee Joins Huskies


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Christmas came early for HKGA Ladies’ Squad member Michelle Lee as she recently signed National Letter of Intent to play for the Husky Women’s Golf team at the University of Washington for the 2017-18 season. The head coach of the Husky Women’s Golf team Mary Lou Mulflur said: “Michelle will fit in to our program seamlessly and we're excited to have her here in Seattle." Michelle is known for her powerful swing and is featured in our analysis on page 44. HK GOLFER・DEC 2016


Global Focus The Dominant Danes Denmark won the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf for the first time as Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen claimed a thrilling four-shot victory at Kingston Heath Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia. The Danes had been a dominant force all week, with a stunning round of 60 in the fourballs on Friday helping them take a four-shot lead into a final day where they would be playing the same format. They did not have it all their own way, though, and the lead was cut to one shot on the back nine in the final round as the United States and China kept applying the pressure and France and Sweden made surging late charges. The win completes excellent seasons for Kjeldsen and Olesen, with both finishing in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai Rankings. Photo by AFP/Getty Images

Asia Focus Fitzpatrick’s Stellar Win in Dubai Matthew Fitzpatrick celebrates holing the winning putt on the 18th green during day four of the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The Englishman was able to hole the nerveshredding putt at the 18th to win the European Tour season-ending event. The 22-year-old trailed Tyrrell Hatton by one shot as he stood at the 18th tee, but after Hatton carded a bogey at the last, Fitzpatrick calmly slotted in his birdie putt to get to 17 under and secure his third European Tour title. Hatton was alone in second on 16 under, with Charl Schwartzel another two strokes back in third. Swede Henrik Stenson posted a stunning 65 on Sunday to clinch his second Race to Dubai title, while Rory McIlroy also shot a closing 65 to get to 12 under. Photo by AFP/Getty Images

China Focus Matsuyama The First Asian WGC Winner Hideki Matsuyama of Japan poses with the winner’s trophy after the final round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai. The 24-year-old closed with a bogeyfree final round of 66, meaning he made 29 birdies across four rounds, and played the final 45 holes without dropping a shot at Sheshan International Golf Club, to seal the largest winning margin in the tournament’s history. Matsuyama’s winning score of 23 under par was just one shot shy of Dustin Johnson’s record low total in 2013, with Open Champion Henrik Stenson (65) and American Daniel Berger (69) sharing second place on a distant 16 under par. Hideki Matsuyama said: “I was really nervous at the start of the day, but I was able to birdie hole number one. I kind of got myself into the rhythm of the day, and after that it was smooth sailing. I was trying to make my 30th birdie of the week at the 18th, and that’s why I got into a little bit of trouble there, but I was glad to be able to get up-and-down and make par.” Photo by Zhu jiahao/Imaginechina

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Clockwise: Chinese artist Cheng Ran's new video work "Circadian Rhythm", Gala dinner at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, Internationally renowned designer Mathieu Lehanneur, Audemars Piguet’s selection of horological arts and crafts. 26


u d e m a r s Pi g u e t co nt i n u e s to forge a deep connection between the pursuits of fine watchmaking and excellence in contemporar y ar t. The Manufacture’s new exhibition incorporates the work of artists with whom it has been collaborating over the past couple of years, including Dan Holdsworth’s beautiful photographs and Alexandre Joly’s sound piece Wild Constellations, both of which drew inspiration from the brand’s origins in the Vallée de Joux. The exhibition also showcases a new video work by Chinese artist Cheng Ran, representing his own interpretation of Audemars Piguet ’s home in the Jura Mountains. For this exhibition, internationally renowned designer Mathieu Lehanneur has created a stunning architectural installation in the form of a large-scale ring embodying a watch dial, with visitors representing imaginary hands. 12 rooms have been incorporated into this exhibition space to showcase the legacy and achievements of the Manufacture. Each of the twelve doors reveals a different facet of Audemars Piguet (origins, founding families, historical watch collections, collaborations with contemporary artists, etc.), and transports the visitor on a 141 year-long journey, from Le Brassus to Shanghai. 200 historical and contemporar y timepieces are displayed across the rooms within the ring, curated by Audemars Piguet’s Museum Director, Sébastian Vivas. This is the largest collection of Audemars Piguet timepieces ever to be shown outside HKGOLFER.COM

of the Museum, including the first Royal Oak launched in 1972, a 1987 Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar and the first Royal Oak Offshore launched in 1993. The exhibition also explores a selection of horological arts and crafts that the brand has mastered over the centuries. Artist Alexandre Joly has been collaborating with Audemars Piguet to explore the sounds of the Vallée the Joux that have inspired both his artworks and the watchmakers’ craft. For over a year, he has reinterpreted the Manufacture’s home and origins, creating melodies which embody the physicality of nature. To compose Wild Constellations, Joly recorded numerous natural and industrial sounds in the Vallée de Joux which he then mixed to produce a oneof-a-kind sonic installation. The work of British photographer Dan Holdsworth displays in Room I: “Origins”. Exploring relationships between people, time, and nature while bridging the worlds of science and art, his work is the result of weeks of meticulous field research, amassing hundreds of photographic images. In room XII Chinese ar tist Cheng Ran awakes audiences to new experiences and interpretations with his video titled Circadian Rhythm. Inspired by his visit of the Vallée de Joux, he transforms the mechanical sound of the watch into a rhythm, played alongside images of the Jura Mountains as well as images of the delicate interior of a watch. The latter appears as an abstract new world somehow related to the natural environment. The rhythm determines the changing imagery, as if sound originates from nature. HKGOLFER.COM



Audemars Piguet also celebrated the exhibition unveiling with a cocktail reception and gala dinner at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai in the presence of a number of Chinese celebrities, including Nicholas Wu (Wu Qilong), Ma Long, Song Jia, Ning Zetao, Zhang Jingchu. Chinese TV presenter Audrey Liu accompanied by Olivier Audemars, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Audemars Piguet and François-Henry Bennahmias, Chief Executive Officer, welcomed the 200 guests to an immersive journey from Le Brassus to Shanghai, during which artist Dadawa entertained the audience thanks to a unique performance. Michelin 3* Chef Alain Passard imagined an audacious menu to complete this perfect night. Olivier Audemars, Vice-President of the Board of Directors said: “Audemars Piguet has always sought to integrate creative vision with technical mastery, as horology, artisanship and artistry have been closely intertwined for centuries. There are many parallels between contemporary art and the innovative approach at the heart of our timepieces and that is why we support creations of exceptional complexity, precision and experiential impact, mirroring the forward thinking and technical excellence inherent to our watchmaking.” After Shanghai, To Break the Rules You Must First Master Them will appear in several other art capitals from 2017 onwards. 28


Clockwise: The first Octogonal Royal Oak Wristwatch made by Audemars Piguet in1972, the first Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph launched 1993, 1987 Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar HKGOLFER.COM




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From First Swing to Success

Jon Wallett (centre) with the national team players (from left) Shinichi Mizuno, Terrence Ng, Leon D’Souza and Michael Regan Wong. Si nce appoi nted t he Di rector of Gol f Development in June, Jon Wallett talks about his role, goals and impression on the young HK golfers.

What attracted you to the role you now have with the HKGA?

Actually, I never really had the ambition to work for a Golf Association or Federation and always worked ‘privately ’ wit h my own Academy business and if you asked me 3 years ago I’d be in HK working for the GA I would say you’re mad! But as I spent more and more weeks on Tour I realized that development was where my passion lay – I feel very comfortable coming here and very much enjoyed everything so far with the GA team, its committee and the players. My wife is from Japan and she loves it here so that always helps…

What does the role involve, and what are your goals – short-term and beyond?

Daniel Wong

I think the role primarily involves 3 parts – the first part is working with all the stakeholders on developing a strategy that offers opportunity to players at all levels in HK – from taking their first swing to success as an elite player. The second part is creating a coaching curriculum and then training the coaches who will deliver this curriculum. We a re i n st igat i ng a new H KG A C oach C er t i f icat ion Program and want to involve the best coaching talent in HK in GA programs and look that we all continually grow our coaching skills together. The third part is being involved with directly coaching the players – at all levels. Obviously speaking Cantonese with the Golf for Schools program is beyond me, but I’ve been coaching at all stages of the Player Funnel as much as I can. I’ve been at tournaments in Europe with the players, recently with 13 players at the SE Asia games in Singapore, and then coached the Men’s team at the Eisenhower Trophy in Mexico before attending the Asia Pacif ic Amateur in Korea with Matthew Cheung and Leon D’Sousa early October. 32


What has most impressed you since arriving in Hong Kong?

I was very impressed when I went to see at first hand the HSBC Golf for Schools Program. I’ve been fortunate to travel the globe through golf, but seeing the young kids totally absorbed, excited and enthused made a lasting impression on me and I think everyone who has been involved in this program from conception to delivery should be very proud. We’re now taking this further with offering a second stage Schools Program as well as starting a weekly driving range clinic allowing some of these players migrate to real golf and hopefully many more Tiffany Chan’s will emerge in due course. I also see that there is a real desire amongst the key personnel at all the HK clubs to grow the game, offer opportunity and work together for the benefit of all – exciting times for sure.

What are their distinctive characteristics of HK players that stand out compared to players from other countries?

One thing that has struck me so far is how quick the players learn – without doubt faster than European players. They have a hunger to improve and are like sponges and their ability to make changes quickly has definitely impressed me.

How much potential do the young HK golfers you’ve seen have?

There is a wealth of very talented young players in HK and I see this as your greatest asset. Of course, having potential and then realizing this potential are two different things but I believe that with the right strategy and delivery HK can use the solid platform that already has been created to punch well above its weight in the Asian golf arena. Who would have thought 2 decades ago that Korea would dominate ladies golf? Who would have thought 2 decades ago that Serbia would create the best tennis players in the world? It seems to be that HK is a very successful nation and from a cultural perspective naturally engender a success mentality and I see this as one of assets that can mean HK can be a jewel in Asian golf, given the right investment and strategy. HKGOLFER.COM


Doug Wins Again


Doug Williams wins Seniors Amateur Open for the Fourth Year in a Row

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anling member Doug Williams continued his remarkable winning ways with a hard-fought victory at the Hong Kong Seniors Amateur Open Championship. The American-born Williams defended his title by winning by one shot over fellow Fanling member Joe Pethes, winner of Over 70 age group. Pethes carded a final round 70 on the Par-71 Old Course, becoming the only player be able to finish under par in the final round. “I’m delighted to win after such a tough day out there,” said Williams, “it’s always a struggle and somehow - I don’t know how I did it - but I managed to do it. And I was fortunate to play with two gentlemen, two fantastic players today.” Williams closed with a lacklustre 77 on a three-round total of 223, ten-over-par. Playing partner Tomas Manotoc from the Philippines ended with 75 to finish third overall and win the 65-69 age group. Trailing overnight leader Williams by two shots, British Andrew Atkinson carded a final round 78 to finish fourth overall on a total of 226. Fanling member Isamu Takemoto and former HKGC captain John Ball tied as winners of the 60-64 age group on a total of 231. In total, 93 players started the tournament including 44 overseas players from 13 different countries.



Douglas Williams of Hong Kong (center) receives the 2016 Hong Kong Seniors Open Amateur Championship trophy from Yoshihiro Nishi, Vice President of HKGA (left) and Peter Larko, Head of Marketing Communications and PR for Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong (right)

Leading Final Scores: 223 – Douglas Williams (HKG) 74 72 77; 224 – Joseph Pethes (HKG) 76 78 70; 225 – Tomas Manotoc (PHI) 76 74 75; 226 – Andrew Atkinson (UK) 73 75 78; 231 – Isamu Takemoto (HKG) 79 75 77; 231 – John Ball (HKG) 76 76 79; 232 - Oh Jung Sun (HKG) 79 78 75; 232 – Douglas Ooi (SG) 78 76 78; 232 – Akiyoshi Kubota (HKG) 78 76 78; 232 – Chu Koon Ching (HKG) 72 80 80. HKGOLFER.COM

British Andrew Atkinson finished fourth overall

Former HKGC captain John Ball tied as winners of the 60-64 age group

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Tomas Manotoc from the Philippines finished third overall and won the 65-69 age group Champion in action






Inaugural Champion Daniel Nisbet celebrated his eagle putt with a passionate fist pump and won the playoff against American Alex Kang at the inaugural Clearwater Bay Open, Hong Kong’s first PGA TOUR China Series event, writes Louie Chan. Photography by Daniel Wong




Australian Daniel Nisbet won the inaugural Clearwater Bay Open in dramatic fashion. The victory was worth RMB216,000 (approximately HK$248,000) HKGOLFER.COM



Champion in action


ewly married Daniel Nisbet sank a 10-foot eagle putt to beat third-round leader Alex Kang in a playoff for the Clearwater Bay Open, Hong Kong’s first Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series event.  The victory was worth RMB216,000 (approximately HK$248,000). Playing in the penultimate group, the Australian carded a six-under-par 64 for a 15-under-total of 265, a figure matched by Kang after the Californian birdied the par-five 18th for a 69. American Charlie Saxon shot a second successive 65 to finish alone in third at 14-under.  Nisbet, 26, had also prevailed in a playoff to win his only other pro title, the PGA of Australia’s Morobe Open in Papua New Guinea in April 2015, but admitted that his dramatic victory at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club was the highlight of his burgeoning career. “That’s the fastest my heart has ever been beating on a golf course. It was just so exciting,” added the champion. “I knew that if I controlled the speed of the putt that it would go in. I was a little bit excited as I put a good score together and then found out I was in a playoff, so there were a lot of emotions running through my body.” Nisbet clawed back a five-shot deficit to catch Kang, who started the day with a four-shot lead. Prior to the week, the Australian had only one top-10 finish on the PGA TOUR China Series – a tie for sixth in Nanjing in June – after competing in six events in 2014 and eight events this year. “This is by far the largest event that I’ve won and it’s my wife’s birthday tomorrow so I guess she’ll be expecting a much bigger present now,” laughed Nisbet, who was married last month. Nisbet spent most of the week under the radar after rounds of 69, 67 and 65. Kang, 26, started the final day at 14-under, four ahead of China’s Zhang Xinjun and South Korean Lee Dai-han, and remained in the lead until a double bogey at 12 and a bogey at 13 left him 13-under. He had also moved to 13-under at 13 after sinking his sixth birdie of the day, offset by two bogeys. Nisbet birdied the 40


par-five 15th to move into the lead, but Kang then matched him, and the pattern was repeated at the 18th, where Kang missed a 12-foot eagle putt for the win. Kang, who also led after the first round, was downbeat after missing an opportunity to add to his win in Chengdu in June. After a bogey at the par-three first, the American seemed in control as he maintained a buffer with birdies at three, seven and eight, but a double at the parfour 12 gave the chasing pack hope. “I calculated the wind wrong. I thought there was more downwind and I put it in the water. I hit a good shot and I was surprised it went in. I’ll learn from it and play better next time and hopefully not make the same mistakes again,” said the elder brother of LPGA Tour star Danielle Kang. Hong Kong No. 1 Jason Hak was the only local player able to make the cut, who finished at tied 20th for a 15-under-total of 275. Besides Hak, there were four other players from Hong Kong during the week, including veteran James Stewart, Hong Kong national team players Leon Philip D’Souza, Yin Ho Yue and Isaac Lam. The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club has a three-year agreement to title sponsor and host the Clearwater Bay Open as part of the Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series. HKGOLFER.COM

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Nisbet’s dramatic victory at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club is the highlight of his burgeoning career.

Runners-up Alex Kang’s reaction after missed a 12-foot eagle putt for the win.

American Charlie Saxon finished alone in third at 14-under.

Zhang Xinjun finished as China’s leading player at the tournament (tied in fifth) with 12-under.

2016 PGA TOUR China Order of Merit winner Zecheng Dou (left) and Hong Kong No.1 Jason Hak (right).

Chinese veteran Zhang Lianwei (centre) played the first two rounds with 17-year-old Hong Kong amateur Isaac Lam (left) and Australian Grant Gibson (right), Clearwater Bay's head pro. Leon D’Souza in action.


Hong Kongbased teaching professional Nathan Goulding



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Power Hitter Michelle Lee in action.

Michelle has an excellent looking set up position. I like how her knees are bent slightly over the middle of her feet and her shoulders points directly over her toes. A great posture for any beginner golfer to emulate.

To book a lesson with Nathan please contact him at +852 5164 7102.

Michelle has a wide backswing arc and a late wrist hinge similar to power hitter Lexi Thompson.




Michelle Lee, who will turn eighteen in January, opens a new chapter in her life as she signs with the Huskies at the University of Washington. We look at her powerful swing in the following analysis. Written by Nathan Goulding/Photography by Daniel Wong

Michelle creates an excellent take away moving the trunk of her body and arms away together and placing the club and clubface in a great parallel to the ground position.

At the top of here swing Michelle has a flat left wrist with her forearm which I really like and even though you see the club pointing a little leftward it is of very little concern.

Nice arm extension after impact is always a good thing.

Very nice backswing coil and I like that she keeps her head very still from set up to the top of her backswing.

Lag is good for power but you can also have an excessive amount also called angular force that can cramp your delivery into the ball. One of Michelle’s instructors Mark Mossip has been helping her reduce this.

Keeping the right shoulder and right hip externally rotated a little longer in transition will also help Michelle create more linear force on the downswing for a free-flowing release of the clubhead to the ball.







The 2015 Hong Kong Open, which saw Justin Rose engaged in a thrilling tussle with Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard, provided tremendous drama. But Hong Kong’s oldest professional sporting event has a habit of producing more than its fair share of memorable moments.


The Inaugural Hong Kong Open staged with Taiwanese ace Lu Liang-huan taking the title, who was the head pro at Fanling at the time, won the prize fund of HK$2,000 stumped up by the South China Morning Post. He would later become known around the globe as “Mr Lu” because of his star performance at the 1971 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale where he finished second to Lee Trevino. The Taiwanese became the darling of the Open galleries thanks to his cheery demeanor and bright-blue pork pie hat. Lu would later repeat his Fanling success with victory at the 1974 Hong Kong Open, 15 years after his first victory.


Five-time Open champion Peter Thomson bagged his third Hong Kong Open title of the decade wit h his 1967 victor y at Fa n l ing. Thomson, who is credited with kick-starting the first series of professional events in Asia, was 38 when he completed his hat-trick and, with his enviably or t ho dox a nd rhy t h m ic a l sw i ng, i nva r iably dominated proceedings at the Hong Kong Golf Club. The Australian, who favoured discussions on politics and listening to classical music to drinking beer and talking about sport, now runs a flourishing course design business. 46




Thirty-five years ago a young Australian pitched Th ir t y-f ive yea rs ago, a you ng Australian pitched up at Fanling and wowed the galleries with his untamed blonde hair, good looks and aggressive golf game. Greg Norman had only turned pro two years previously but played like a seasoned veteran in winning the 1979 title. He would later add the 1983 Hong Kong Open to his impressive list of achievements. Despite only winning t wo majors – t he 1986 and 1993 Open Championships – the “Shark” is considered a legend in his home country, inspiring tens of thousands of children – including current superstars Jason Day and Adam Scott – to start playing the game.


W hen A merican journeyman pro Craig McClellan was going to hit his second shot on the 18th fairway of the final round, he desperately needed an eagle two to to force a play-off with South African stalwart David Frost. Incredibly, McClellan did exactly that by holing his seven-iron from 160 yards away, but succumbed to the pressure in extra time as Frost walked away with the title. Nevertheless, McClellan’s shot ranks alongside that of Lin Wen-tang’s (see 2008) as the finest (or luckiest) in the history of the event.


Voted as one of the best shots ever at a European Tour event, José Maria Olazábal’s raking a five-iron from the trees on the last hole to set up an easy tap-in birdie provided one of the most exciting climaxes at a Hong Kong Open i n l ivi ng memor y. Havi ng trailed Adam Scott and Norway’s Henrik Bjornstad for much of the final round, the Spaniard paved the way for victory following a spectacular birdie-birdie-birdie f inish. Speaking afterwards, Olazábal said: “You don’t finish with three birdies knowing you have to do it. I pulled it off with a bit of luck and one well executed shot.”


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the 18th green (and therefore extend the tournament into extra holes), Kingston semiduffed his chip to 10 feet and then missed the putt. A huge groan reverberated around Fanling and Monty was crowned the winner. A teary-eyed Kingston told the assembled press: “I just messed up again for the second straight year. It’s obviously disappointing with the way I finished but that’s golf. I was just so nervous.”


The 50th anniversary tournament surely ranks as one of the greatest European Tour events of all time. First there was Jason Hak, the 14-year-old amateur from Hong Kong who became the youngest player in European Tour history to make the cut. He celebrated making the weekend action by upstaging José Maria Olazábal – his playing partner in the final round – by outscoring the legendary Spaniard 68 to 69. Then there was John Daly, who kept the driver in the bag and blitzed his way to a stellar 62 on Sunday. But what made this championship was the play-off, which saw Lin become the first Asian player to win the title since Kang Wook-soon in 1998. After pulling his drive into trouble on the first extra hole, Lin, with his opponents safely in the fairway, looked dead and buried. With nothing to lose, the Taiwanese pulled out a short iron and fired his approach through the foliage, over the greenside bunker to within four feet of the cup. It was nothing short of miraculous, but the drama didn’t end there. McIlroy, who at the time was still without a professional tournament victory to his credit, pitched brilliantly to within tap-in distance, and after Molinari narrowly missed his own 10-footer for birdie and Lin holed out, the play-off was down to two. Standing on the 18th tee for the third time of the afternoon, it was McIlroy’s turn to find trouble. Using his hybrid, his drive bounced off the OB fence that lines the left side of the hole and finished in a horrible position at the bottom of a tree, not far from where Lin had made his great escape. Buoyed by his good fortune, Lin struck what looked to be a winning drive down the middle of the fairway. But then it was McIlroy’s turn to produce some magic. With 118 yards to go, but with no sight of the pin, the 19-year-old snap-hooked a gap-wedge loaded with spin that somehow caught the back of the green and stopped within 12 feet of the flag. High-fiving his caddie, the Irishman was justifiably delighted – but only 48



for a moment, because Lin then pulled off another gem, firing his own wedge to within inches for a cast-iron birdie. Whipping his cap off to the roar of the crowds, it was this shot, rather than his previous miracle approach that showed his sheer determination to win. Up at the green, McIlroy faced a ghastly birdie putt: lighting quick, downhill and with significant left-to-right break. Perhaps not surprisingly, his effort sailed past, and after knocking it in for Par, the stage was set for Lin, 50 years after Mr Lu had won the inaugural championship, to tap his in for the greatest of victories.


The 2010 championship was another classic, with Ian Poulter sealing his 10th European Tour title with a tournament record total of 258 (22-under-par). Poulter had a decidedly hot putter to thank after taking the secondround lead with a jaw-dropping 10-under-par 60. Consistently hitting the ball to the centre of the small Fanling greens, the 34-year-old was rolling in 10-15-footers with amazing regularity. But come the final round and Poulter, who had followed up with a 64 in the third round, was having to fend off the challenges mounted firstly by former winner Simon Dyson and then Italian teenage phenomenon Matteo Manassero, who fought his way right back into the tournament with a magnificent 62. Rory McIlroy, who had fired the low round on day one with a 63, was in the hunt yet again, but faded over the closing holes. Poulter, who was playing with Graeme McDowell in the f inal group, made the tournament his own with an assured stretch of holes on the back nine, and could afford to bogey the last hole to claim the win by the slimmest of margins. For the record, Poulter made only two bogeys during the entire event, which highlights how unusually friend ly t he scoring cond itions were at Fanling that week.


It was such a pleasure to see t he Ror y McIlory finally seal his first win on Fanling soil with one of the greatest finishes in the tournament’s history. After opening with a superb 64 in blustery conditions, McIlroy fell three shots behind Alvaro Quiros, the long-hitting Spaniard. While Quiros struggled early on Sunday to fa l l out of content ion, McI l roy was magnificent. Fending off the twin challenges HKGOLFER.COM



of Sweden’s Peter Hanson and playing partner Grégory Havret of France, the 22-year-old reached the 18th hole with a slender one-shot lead. McIlroy tugged his drive ever so slightly but it managed to defy science and instead of bounding out-of-bounds, kicked right and into a good lie in the rough some 95 yards from the flag. Not t hat t he tou r na ment wa s over. Mc I l roy ’s shot fou nd t he t re ac herou s greenside bunker. With Havret struggling to save par after finding trouble off the tee, the world number two knew that an up-anddown would clinch the title he so craved. Splashing delicately from some distance below the level of the green, the shot landed softly and trundled unerringly – brilliantly – into the bottom of the cup to complete a marvellous 65 and a two-shot victory. McIlroy pumped his fist and let out wild screams of joy. “I wanted to win this tournament so badly since that play-off in 2008, but finally, to get this trophy in my hands, is very special,” said that year’s US Open winner, who first visited Hong Kong in 2005 when he played the Faldo Series International Trophy. “I’ve loved this city, I’ve loved this golf course, I’ve loved this tournament ever since I got here ... this is definitely one of my favourites.”

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Making only two bogeys all week, Miguel Angel Jiménez held off the challenge of a rejuvenated Fredrik Andersson Hed to win by just one shot. Jiménez aside, the veterans flourished at Fanling, with New Zealand’s Michael Campbell and Zhang Lian-wei of China featuring on the leader board for most of the tournament before falling back on an enthralling final day. But it was the form of world No. 1 Rory McIlroy that raised more than a few eyebrows. The defending champion opened up with a poor 73 and, despite a bright start to his second round, went into freefall on the back nine to miss the cut. Twentyfour hours later, McIlroy was sunning himself on a Dubai beach with his then tennis-star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki. Not that Jiménez cared about any of that. With his trade mark cigar in hand, the Spaniard was effusive when asked about his remarkable longevity. “This is maybe the olive oil in my joints, and the nice Rioja wine and those things that keep you fit and flexible,” he beamed. In the following year, Jiménez defended his title in style to enter the record books yet again. His win meant he matched that the achievement of Hsieh Yung-yo, who also has four Hong Kong Open victories to his credit. 50




UBS returned as the title sponsor of Hong Kong’s oldest professional sporting event since 2012, renewed its backing of the event with a multi-year commitment to support the Hong Kong Open. Ju st i n Rose b eca me t he 11t h major cha mpion to win t he UBS Hong Kong Open after an enthralling final-day duel with Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark. The pair had been neck-and-neck for two days at Fanling, coming into the final day with a share of the lead and they still could not be separated as they stood on the 12th tee on Sunday. But a double bogey from Bjerregaard on the 14th proved crucial and Rose came home in 34 to get to 17 under and win the title. “When you separate yourself from the field like we did, it’s probably a tough one for him to lose. But he didn’t lose it, just both of us played incredibly well and separated from the field.” The Englishman, a former US Open winner, would go on to win the Olympic gold medal in Rio the following year on golf’s return to the Summer Games for the first time in more than a century.













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Triumphs Over

Major Champion Chinese golfer Li Hao-tong delighted his home crowds and collected one of the biggest cheques of his career by holding off a host of Major champions to win the 2016 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am on the tropical island of Hainan 54




Gary Player in action 21-year-old Li, who won the European Tour’s Volvo China Open earlier this year, birdied the final hole of the par-72 Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Haikou to shoot consecutive 69s and finish on 78 stableford points, one ahead of 2009 Women’s PGA Champion Anna Nordqvist of Sweden. Americans Mark O’Meara, Paula Creamer and overnight leader Rich Beem, all Major winners, were a further point back in a tie for third. O’Meara described his admiration for fellow Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player. “Gary and I were sharing stories on Mr [Ben] Hogan. I told him how much I appreciate what Gary Player has meant to me in my life and to the game,” said O’Meara of the nine-time Major winner. A total of nine professional golfers were competing over two rounds of individual stableford for the US$ 1 million Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am – with Li picking up the winner’s prize of US$250,000. Now in its fourth edition, this year’s impressive line-up of golfing greats also included Gary Player, John Daly, Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis. Hollywood legends Michael Douglas and Jeremy Renner were among a galaxy of stars playing alongside the elite golfers in a separate bid for the celebrity title, won by Chinese actor Man Wenjun. Icons from the world of sport include three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker and basketball Hall of Famers Allen Iverson and Yao Ming. They were joined by a host of footballing heroes, including Manchester United stars Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke, Lee Sharpe and David May and Liverpool greats Robbie Fowler, Luis Garcia and Gary McAllister. Oscar winner Michael Douglas, whose movie-star wife Catherine Zeta-Jones competed in the 2010 edition, 56


commented: “This was a treat, what they have done with the golf course here, this is just a stunning job.” Ex-football idol Dwight Yorke said: “For a golf addict like me to come and play at Mission Hills, it was like a dream come true.” Yorke’s former teammate at Manchester United Paul Scholes added: “I was nervous as hell out there.  It gets the adrenalin going again and gives you that nervous energy that you miss after [retiring from] football.  To have that back, only for a couple of days, was great.”   Another famous footballer Luis Garcia was inspired to play more golf with past Liverpool teammates Robbie Fowler and Gary McAllister, who were also competing at Mission Hills: “I enjoyed this very much and would love to come back.  I’m pretty new to golf but will be spending more time in England so hope to play again with Robbie and Gary.” Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker described his respect for his playing partner, two-time Major champion Mark O’Meara. “You think you know how to play golf then you play with a legend and it puts golf into perspective,” said Becker, who coaches world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic.  “It’s been a great two days and a great experience for me.” The biennial Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am was established in 2010 as Asia’s first and only pro-celebrity golf tournament.  This sporting and entertainment extravaganza – which reaches more than 26 television channels in Greater China and over 200 countries worldwide – aims to popularise golf in China whilst also promoting Hainan Island as a tourist destination and supporting local charities.  Proceeds are being donated to The Nature Conservancy and the Hainan United Youth Association. HKGOLFER.COM

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Olesen’s Turkish Delight

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Thorbjørn Olesen won his fourth European Tour title, his first victory since the 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, to become the first Dane to win in a Final Series event. He also broke the course record with a round of 62 on Friday. The victory is as sweet as the perfect Turkish delight, writes Louie Chan.



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Olesen not only matched the lowest winning total of 264 set by Victor Dubuisson in 2013, but also broke the course record with a round of 62 on Friday 62


horbjørn Olesen was in total control when he entered the final day of Turkish Airlines O p en at Reg nu m C a r ya Golf & Spa Resort. Some sensational golf over the first three days in Antalya had given the Dane a seven-shot lead heading into the final round, but when Englishman David Horsey rattled in a 30-footer on the ninth to turn in 29 that advantage was down to two. “I’ve never had a seven-shot lead,” said Olesen when asked about his huge overnight lead before the final round. “I felt a bit nervous when I went out today also because I’ve never been that many shots clear. It’s a bit of a weird feeling but I know it’s not easy and there’s a bunch of guys there and it’s possible to shoot a really low one out here.” Horsey birdied the long 12th to get within

one, but Olesen matched his nearest challenger’s four there in the group behind and then added further gains on the 14th and 15th to pull clear once more. A closing 69 saw the 26-year old finish on 20 under par, with Horsey dropping into a share of second with China’s Li Haotong three shots further back. “I felt like I kept it pretty steady. Obviously the last four holes were tough mentally.” The Dane said. Olesen won the A lfred Dunhill Links Championship last year after a run of missing 13 cuts in 18 events, and it was a similar story in Antalya after making just three of his last 12. “It means a lot,” he added. “The last couple of months have been pretty poor and I haven’t played well and all of a sudden you’re leading by a big margin and it was difficult when you haven’t been playing well for that long.” Having started their sponsorship of top-level golf at the World Golf Final in 2012, Turkish Airlines has embraced the sport across the board and hope to extend their agreement to host the European Tour tournament, which will run for another two years. Lee Westwood, the former World Number One, played in Turkey for his fifth time, was truly impressed with the set-up at the Regnum. He said; “It is great to be back in Turkey and the course is in fantastic condition. I played with (European Tour chief executive) Keith Pelley in the pro-am in China last week. He asked me my opinion also and I had no fears about coming to Turkey. The world we live in, anything can happen anywhere and Turkey is no different to anywhere else. I had no security worries. People are very welcoming and there are many international media members here so you haven’t got fears. TA is a great sponsor, it’s a great tournament down here.” The airline is also behind the largest amateur tournament in the world, The Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, which came to a conclusion in Belek just before the tournament started. With 98 players, reduced from an initial 7,500 from 60 countries, competing in the Grand Final for the title. Washington DC’s Thomas Buckley was crowned as the 2016 series, who was the only player to break par over the two round Grand Final, with windy conditions and fast greens proving too much of a test for many of the international field. The TAWGC Amateur Series offers key clients and industry experts the opportunity to network with like-minded business executives at the same time as enjoying and competing at some of the world’s most prestigious courses. It forms part of a wider commitment to golf by Turkish Airlines, who, in addition to the Turkish Airlines Open, also sponsor events on the Ladies European Tour and Challenge Tour. HKGOLFER.COM

China’s Li Haotong finished tied for second place with England’s David Horsey and received the biggest paychecks so far in his career, which was worth more than €557,000. Carya Golf Course, the venue of Turkish Airlines Open, is designed by five-time British Open Champion Peter Thomson.

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The ‘read’ is fundamental and an art form in itself, ‘The Kilted Caddie’ explains…


ow I am not talking about the narcotic stuff here. I mean the line of a putt of course. It is a huge thing for us and has the same quality to a caddie as say a beautiful movement would have to a master watchmaker, or a smooth motorway to a bloke who works for Tarmac. I mean we can get off on lines. It can be a sublime thing to read a difficult putt. To watch your player hit the perfect stroke which follows the designated path and fall into the back of the hole. It is a bit like poetry, because it can be such a fine and nuanced and delicate thing. As one unsuitable word, can throw and give a whole different hue to a piece of writing, so can a slightly misread putt. The ’read’ is fundamental and an art form in itself. A putt can meander up and down and shimmy like a formula one racing car. It can suddenly slow down or accelerate, and indeed, it can even circumnavigate. It can follow the perfect celestial path across a green and hold us caddies in rapture and wonder. However, the reading of a putt can be very difficult indeed. When I first started caddying I had nightmares about it. At the Castle in St Andrews it is a very tricky thing indeed, as the greens are so hard to read and can catch the best of us out. Imagine the scenario as you’re caddying in a group of four, and you have the bag of some imposing, slightly egotistical CEO, out with his major clients. It’s the first green and he has stormed his first putt and left a tricky four-footer. You have three other experienced caddies alongside who are looking on with glee. You are centre stage and time is running out, you are unsure, prevaricate and then say it’s left lip. However, he hits it there and it takes a break to the left! I mean that is catastrophic and humiliating and disastrous to be honest. But it can and does happen. I’ve 68


seen it happen to the most long in the tooth of caddies. (even ones without teeth) My pl ay e r M i k e y e s t e rd ay, f u n n i l y enough, told me a story about an experience with his characterful 70-year-old Scottish caddie at Carnoustie. The chap had given a line of two balls left of the cup. Mike hit an atrocious putt which ended up seven feet left, As the other guys in the group putted out, his caddie whispered in his ear with his marvellous Scottish dialect and accent ‘you must hae some size ae balls doon there!’ Mike said it was a priceless comment and made his day. Nowadays, with a few years’ experience under my belt I have improved but there is always the possibility of things going awry. And I suppose it keeps us on our toes and indeed it can define and illustrate our skill. But it is a complex thing too. For a putt to take your line it must be hit with the right pace. So of course, this is a minefield and is the most clever and subtle acid test of a person’s character, client and caddie alike. And it is a pity Shakespeare wasn’t hanging around when golf was invented. Or was he? Maybe it was too big a challenge for him? Left it to Wodehouse I suppose. For t he g uy wit h hu milit y and utter honesty will admit that he has pushed or pulled his putt. And that is music to the ears of a caddie. But then there is the bloke who will hit the said bad putt and put the blame on his caddie. This is not a good situation. It is a fait accompli and curtains for the hapless chap. He is force fed humble pie not of his making. I have seen a caddie walk off a course as a result. So, if you see a caddie slightly the worse for wear in The Keys at some late hour, don’t be too judgemental. It’s not necessarily all beer and skittles for us. Well unless we’re driven to it. Or should I say ‘putt to it’? But this is getting complex again. Give me a beer for goodness sake. HKGOLFER.COM

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The 12th annual Hong Kong St Andrew ’s Societ y Golf Tournament took place on a glorious mid-November afternoon at it’s traditional home of Shek O Country Club, newly fully reopened after a major renovation and in superb condition. With 30 entrants making it the largest-ever field there was a tense struggle for the top places and, of course, the highly coveted John D. Mackie Quaich (a.k.a. “Jock’s Pot”) which is awarded to the top performing member of the society. Thanks to the very generous sponsors of the event, in addition to spectacular prizes, every attendee was greeted with a groaning goodie bag, worth well in excess of the cost of entry, especially with prices subsidized by a very generous donation. The luxury tote bags (plus flat caps and balls) from Arquitectonica, included a golf gift set from AIA, a miniature of Ballantines, a money clip and Pitchfix from JS Watch of Reykjavik, and a full bottle of Four Fox Saké. Cigars were available for every player and, courtesy of the HK Golfer Store, every hole in one, on any hole, would win a luxury Swiss watch worth HK$25k. Jock Mackie, the late local legend who started the event, wanted to give Society members the opportunity to experience his beloved Shek O, one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. As such, he would have been delighted to see his eponymous prize going to the big-hitting Oliver Li, worthy winner with 39 points on a countback after a blazing 23-point haul on the back nine. In addition to the trophy and a magnum of bubbly courtesy of Armit Wines, Oliver won a voucher for US$4k of training from Black Isle Group. Shek O member Robin Hammond was best guest, and was delighted to receive a leather football signed by legendary Tottenham Hotspur players 74


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- including several World Cup winners – donated by AIA. Robin also carried off a fine bottle of The Singleton 18-yr old. Thanks to TTI, former Chieftain Fiona Donnelly was able to add to her collection of vacuums, again winning Best Lady player with a fine 35-point performance. Keenest Golfer was Arquitectonica’s Peter Brannan, who took the opportunity offered on the day to visit hitherto uncharted areas around the course. The team event was won going away by Paul Curran, David McClure and Craig Wilkinson, who averaged a very handy 34 points each. With multiple longest drive and nearest the pin prizes on offer over 20 attendees won prizes of wines and spirits courtesy of Ballantines and Armit Wines, with additional gifts from TTI, Montrose and St Andrews University being awarded. Of particular note was overall winner Oliver Li’s mighty swipe to just off the green on the 14th and the “Closest to the watch” was won by renowned HK-based sculptress and single-figure handicapper Kirsteen Pieterse, who finished a foot beyond the hole on the difficult 12th. With the traditional “sundowners”, toasts, singing and a dinner under the stars, the event has become a “must play” for Scots in Hong Kong and their guests. If you are interested in participating in next year’s event, please contact us at The event organisers, HK Golfer Events, wish to thank the following sponsors for their generosity: AIA, Armit Wines, Arquitectonica, Azan & Roberto Duran Cigars, Black Isle Group, Diageo, Four Fox Saké, HK Golfer Store, JS Watch, Montrose Fine Wines, Pernod Ricard, TTI HKGOLFER.COM

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6. (& 20D, 5A) A.K.A. “The Mechanic”, fan favourite and 4-time winner

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Jaime Donaldson The Welshman will forever be remembered as the man who claimed the winning point in Europe’s victory in the 2014 Ryder Cup, talks to Louie Chan about his favourite course, who would be in his dream fourball and a dream come true at the Ryder Cup.

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When did you start playing – and where? I started playing with my Dad at Macclesfield Golf Club in Cheshire when I was 9 years old.   What’s been your best ever round? There have been rounds like an -11 in Morocco but I suppose the best was my final round at Royal Portrush when I won my first event on the European Tour, The Irish Open in 2012.  I was under immense pressure but played some of my best golf to win.   Do you have a favourite course? Yes, Royal County Down in Northern Ireland, it is stunning and a superb test of golf.   Who would be in your dream fourball? Some of these people are sadly not with us but I choose inspirational people Kenny Dalglish, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill.   How’s your recovery from injury?  I’ve been injured before with my back so it’s a matter of being patient and sticking to the Rehab plan, 78


however frustrating that can be. I’m looking forward to hitting balls very soon when my elbow is cleared to start building for the 2017 season again.   You are the man who claimed the winning point in Europe’s victory in the 2014 Ryder Cup. How does it feel to be a Ryder Cup hero? I don’t really see myself as a hero, I was part of a team under Captain Paul McGinley. You dream of hitting the winning shot or putt in the Ryder Cup growing up, it was fortunate that in 2014 I had that opportunity. Of course, I will never forget it but equally I was part of a winning team too.

Jamie Donaldson is managed by John Fay MBE of Georgia Golf. They have been working together for 7 years and Tyrrell Hatton is also in this management group. Jamie takes an active role in the development of their young players which is in essence their strategy; to develop elite young players into world class players.