DID YOU KNOW – UBS HONG KONG OPEN
• This year’s Hong Kong Open will be the 58th staging of the event. The tournament was first played in 1959 and won by Lu Liang-huan and is the longest running sporting event in Hong Kong.
• The Hong Kong Open is being played for the 16th time as part of the European Tour, since the 2002 season.
• Justin Rose will be looking to make the first successful defence of his European Tour career.
• In the 2014 season the event was played twice. The first playing was in December 2013. Miguel Angel Jiménez created history by becoming the oldest winner in European Tour history, aged 49 years and 337 days. He since when onto become the first 50 year old to win, at the 2014 Open de Espaňa, aged 50 years and 133 days.
• Miguel Angel Jiménez won the title for the fourth time in December 2013, following his triumphs of 2005, 2008 and 2012. His latest win equalled the record of four wins by Hsieh Yung-yo (1963-64, 75, 77), for most wins in the event.
• Should Miguel Angel Jiménez win the event for a fifth time he would become just the fourth player in European Tour history to win the same official event five times. He would follow Tiger Woods, (eight times – WGC Bridgestone Invitational and seven times – WGC – Mexico Championship), Tom Watson (five times – The Open Championship) and Bernhard Langer (five times – German Open).
• The event has a wonderfully rich history of former winners, including 11 Major Champions, who have won 30 Major Championships between them. They are: Peter Thomson (1960, 65, 67), Kel Nagle (1961), Orville Moody (1971), Greg Norman (1979, 83), Ian Woosnam (1987), Bernhard Langer (1991), Tom Watson (1992), José Maria Olazábal (2002), Padraig Harrington (2004), Rory McIlroy (2011) and Justin Rose (2015).
• The previous 57 editions of the Hong Kong Open have produced 46 different champions from 17 different countries.
• History was created in the 2003 Hong Kong Open when Shih-kai Lo became the then youngest player to compete in a European Tour event, aged just 13 and 280 days, beating the then record set by Sergio Garcia of 15 and 45 days in the 1995 Turespaña Open Mediterrania. Land of Valencia.
• History was also created in the 2009 Hong Kong Open (played in November 2008), when Jason Hak became the .then youngest player to make a cut in a European Tour event, aged 14 and 304 days. He beat the then previous record of Garcia in the aforementioned tournament.
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