European Tour Travels to Hong Kong


The second official event on the 2002 European Tour schedule gets under way this week in Hong Kong.
The Omega Hong Kong Open ' a fixture on the Asian circuit since 1959 ' is being co-sanctioned for the first time by the European Tour. The tournament will be staged at the Hong Kong Golf Club on its Composite Course, a combination of the best holes from the clubs New and Eden Courses.
The field is split between players on the European and Davidoff (Asian PGA) Tours. And while it marks event No. 2 on the new European calendar, its the final tournament of the 2001 Davidoff Tour season.
The next event on the European Tour will be the South African Open, beginning Jan. 10, 2002.
This weeks field includes two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal, Michael Campbell, Paul McGinley, Adam Scott, Jean Van de Velde and last weeks Asian Open winner, Jarmo Sandelin.
Overall, 22 European Tour winners and 34 champions from the Davidoff Tour are on hand for the $700,000 event. Simon Dyson is the defending champion. The Englishman used the victory ' his third of the 2000 season ' en route to topping the Davidoff Tours money list.
This will mark the final showdown between Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and Korea's Charlie Wi for the Order of Merit (money title) crown. Jaidee, who tied for second in the Asian Open, leads Wi by $27,522.
Full field and tee times for the Omega Hong Kong Open