American David Lipsky and India’s Anirban Lahiri will resume their battle for the prestigious Asian Tour’s Order of Merit crown at the upcoming Venetian Macau Open from October 23 to 26 at the Macau Golf and Country Club.
The top-two ranked golfers on the region’s Tour have committed to play in the tournament, which will offer USD900,000 in prize money. Lahiri and Lipsky will be joined by many world-class stars including Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Lipsky leads the Merit list with US$665,725, thanks largely to a victory at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland last month while Lahiri trails in second place with US$342,689.
The Indian star, victorious at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in April, believes he needs to secure a second victory of the season to have a chance of becoming Asia’s new number one.
“I’m looking forward to both Hong Kong and Macau. I came close in Macau last year, played well in the last round (with a course-record tying 62 to finish second),” said Lahiri. “There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m playing well”.
Lipsky, whose triumph in Switzerland was his second on the Asian Tour, missed the cut in his only appearance in Macau in 2012 but believes he will be better positioned to challenge for title. “I played in Macau two years ago, which was the last event of a seven-week stretch. I’m looking forward to playing it when I’m a bit fresher,” he said.
The Venetian Macao hosts three Chinese Olympic champion swimmer
The Venetian Macao is hosting three of China’s renowned Olympic champion swimmers while they are in town for Gold Medalists Visit Macao, a series of events organized by the Sports and Olympic Committee of Macau and the Macau Sport Development Board (MSDB), co-organized by the Swimming Association of Macao and supported by Sands China Ltd. Gold medalists Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen arrived to a warm welcome at the integrated resort Monday evening, with fellow gold medalist Luo Xuejuan arriving later that night.
Singing gondoliers and dancing entertainers performed to welcome the Chinese Olympians, who were greeted by Sands China senior executives in attendance, including President and Chief Executive Officer Edward Tracy, and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director Benjamin Toh.
Being able to support the Gold Medalists Visit Macao community event demonstrates the company’s effort in supporting the Macau government as it promotes different kinds of sports to the local community.