Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter will be joined at next week’s UBS Hong Kong Open by Major Champions YE Yang and John Daly.
World Number 15 Poulter harbours ambitions of scaling the World Rankings over the coming months, with the UBS Hong Kong Open among the events he is hoping can put him into contention to challenge his Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood for the World Number One spot.
The flamboyant Englishman played an inspirational role in winning three points out of four in Team Europe’s unforgettable victory at Celtic Manor last month, and is looking to improve upon his top five finish of 12 months ago when he returns to the Hong Kong Golf Club.
“Look at the World Rankings from a points perspective - Tiger Woods has dropped all of his points, therefore he has come back to the pack. Nobody has really gone to him,” said Poulter.
“With that in mind, anybody in the top 10 in the world who has a good six months can find themselves move up the World Ranking high enough to contend for that Number One spot – and that’s something I’m aiming for.”
Yang, meanwhile, is arguably Asian golf’s biggest draw having become the first man from the far East to win a Major Championship at the 2009 US PGA Championship.
The Korean is relishing the chance to compete for Asia’s most established golf tournament.
“The UBS Hong Kong Open is one of the best tournaments in Asia and has a rich tradition and history in the game of golf so I would love to win the title,” said Yang.
“Hong Kong is one of the great cities in Asia and the Hong Kong Golf Club is a fantastic venue for the tournament.”
Daly, who, like Yang, made his Major breakthrough by winning the US PGA title back in 1991, remains one of golf’s most popular characters, attracting huge support wherever he plays in the world.
The American, who also won the 1995 Open Championship at St Andrews, last played at the Hong Kong Golf Club at the end of 2008 when he treated the crowd to a brilliant eight under par final round 62.
"I’m looking forward to coming back to play Hong Kong and it would be real nice to have 4 nice rounds like I had in 2008 on that Sunday,” said Daly.
“I've always enjoyed this tournament having been several times over the years, but I was amazed at how it has grown so much when I returned two years ago.
“UBS has really made the tournament feel like any of the events on the PGA Tour with more tents, sponsors, and the larger galleries than I remember when I first visited long ago and I'll be interested to see what else has changed for this year's tournament. It a first-class event, and a fun week."
Commenting on the most recent inclusions to the outstanding field set to contest the 2010 UBS Hong Kong Open, Kathryn Shih, CEO, UBS Wealth Management, Asia Pacific said: “UBS is delighted to welcome Ian Poulter, John Daly and YE Yang to the UBS Hong Kong Open in 2010. The participation of these three superstars means that we have one of the strongest ever fields for the UBS Hong Kong Open this year.
“Ian Poulter is the latest in the growing list of Ryder Cup stars to confirm their participation, while the presence of Y.E Yang reinforces the historic importance of the Hong Kong Open in the region and confirms that Asia’s best players are intent on capturing the title in Hong Kong. The presence of John Daly, one of the most popular players in golf, underscores the UBS Hong Kong Open’s continuing tradition of drawing premier golfers from around the world,” she added.