| Clear­wa­ter Bay Open Pre­view

Hong Kong pros Motin Ye­ung and Ja­son Hak will come back to their home course to com­pete for the record prize money at the third Clear­wa­ter Bay Open, writes Louie Chan.

HK Golfer - - Contents - By Louie Chan

HK pros Motin Ye­ung and Ja­son Hak will come back to their home course to com­pete for the record prize money at the third Clear­wa­ter Bay Open.

The 2018 Clear­wa­ter Bay Open will of­fer prize money of about HK$2.36 mil­lion, which will be the biggestever purse at a PGA TOUR Se­ries-China event and raise the Hong Kong event’s im­por­tance in de­ter­min­ing the fi­nal Or­der of Merit and places on the 2019 Web.com Tour.

The third Clear­wa­ter Bay Open will be held at The Clear­wa­ter Bay Golf and Coun­try Club from Oc­to­ber 11-14, fol­low­ing the Ma­cau Cham­pi­onship (Septem­ber 27-30) and Zhuhai Cham­pi­onship (Oc­to­ber 4-7), with the three-week swing in the Pearl River Delta con­clud­ing a Tour-record 14 events.

“The Clear­wa­ter Bay Golf and Coun­try Club is de­lighted to host the Clear­wa­ter Bay Open for a third time and this year’s event will be the big­gest yet, with the record prize money pro­vid­ing a re­ally ex­cit­ing in­cen­tive for all the play­ers as they fin­ish their sea­son,” said David Hui, Chair­man of the Tour­na­ment Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee.

“There will be many peo­ple sup­port­ing Clear­wa­ter Bay am­bas­sadors Ja­son Hak and

Motin Ye­ung as they look to fin­ish their sea­son strongly, along with other Hong Kong play­ers who will com­pete through in­vi­ta­tions or qual­i­fy­ing,” Hui con­tin­ued. “We also wel­come back James March­esani to de­fend his ti­tle after his great win last year. We’ll put on a spec­tac­u­lar event to pro­vide the per­fect end­ing to the Tour as it grows from strength to strength.”

Greg Carl­son, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of PGA TOUR Se­ries-China, added: “The Clear­wa­ter Bay Open is a hugely pop­u­lar event for the play­ers, so it was only fit­ting that it be­came the sea­son-end­ing event for the first time. The in­crease in prize money to RMB 2 mil­lion, a record purse for the PGA TOUR Se­ries-China, in­creases its im­por­tance and pro­file, so we’re all ex­cited about the third Clear­wa­ter Bay Open pro­vid­ing a sen­sa­tional end to a great sea­son.”

Hong Kong pros Motin Ye­ung and Ja­son Hak at­tended the press con­fer­ence along­side Aus­tralia’s James March­esani, who will de­fend the ti­tle that earned him a full card on this year’s PGA TOUR Se­ries-China.

Ye­ung, 24, is cur­rently fifth on the Or­der of Merit with RMB 518,125 and is bid­ding to be­come the first Hong Kong player to earn a card on the Web.com Tour, ‘The Path to the PGA TOUR’.

“It has been an amaz­ing sea­son for me. Win­ning the Kun­ming Cham­pi­onship changed my life be­cause I gained a full card on the Tour, which re­ally boosted my con­fi­dence and gave me a chance to move to the next level,” said Ye­ung, who has three other top-10 fin­ishes this year.

“I’ve played re­ally con­sis­tently this sea­son to stay quite high on the Or­der of Merit, so I want to play well in the fi­nal three events and ob­vi­ously fin­ish re­ally strongly at the Clear­wa­ter Bay Open,” Ye­ung con­tin­ued. “It will be a spe­cial event for me as a Clear­wa­ter Bay am­bas­sador and after rep­re­sent­ing Hong Kong so many times in in­ter­na­tional events, so I hope my­self, Ja­son and all the other Hong Kong play­ers can do well.”

The top-five on the Or­der of Merit will au­to­mat­i­cally earn sta­tus on next year’s Web. com Tour, the top-10 will be el­i­gi­ble for the Fi­nal Stage of the Web.com Tour Qual­i­fy­ing Tour­na­ment from De­cem­ber 6-9 and play­ers 11-25 will be ex­empt to the Sec­ond Qual­i­fy­ing Stage.

The PGA TOUR es­tab­lished PGA TOUR Se­ries-China in 2014 as its third in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­men­tal tour, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of PGA TOUR Lati­noamer­ica and the Macken­zie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada. Since its in­cep­tion, PGA TOUR Se­ries-China play­ers have re­ceived Of­fi­cial World Golf Rank­ing points for top fin­ishes at of­fi­cial tour­na­ments.

Left to right: Motin Ye­ung, cur­rently fifth on the Or­der of Merit; Ja­son Hak, youngest golfer to make the cut on a Euro­pean Tour event at the Hong Kong Open at just 14

David Hui, Chair­man of the Clear­wa­ter Bay Open Tour­na­ment Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee

Greg Carl­son, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of PGA TOUR Se­ries-China

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