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The Venetian Macau Becomes Title Sponsor of Macau Open

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The Macau Open, jointly organised by Macau Sport Development Board of Macau SAR Government (MSDB) and Golf Association of Macau, will be held from 11-14 October 2012, and it has a new title sponsor.

 The Venetian Macau is writing a new chapter in the colourful history of the tournament by embarking on its first sponsorship foray in professional golf.

The Venetian Macau Open will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Macau Golf Association, and promoted by IMG.

Since the inauguration of the Macau Open in 1998, the tournament has attracted many world-class names. The list of champions include the likes of European stars Lee Westwood of England and Scotsman Colin Montgomerie, while other top stars who have graced the fairways of Macau Golf and Country Club include Vijay Singh of Fiji, England’s Nick Faldo, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington and American duo Fred Couples and Mark O’Meara – all Major winners.

This year’s Venetian Macau Open will be staged at the Macau Golf and Country Club with a total prize pool of US$750,000. All four rounds will be beamed live on the Asian Tour’s global television platform which reaches over 200 nations and 650 million homes.

Title holder Chan Yih-shin of Chinese Taipei and two-time Macau Open champion Zhang Lian-wei of China have committed to this year’s championship. Organisers said other big-name international players will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Vong Iao Lek, President of the Macau Sport Development Board, said, “Since the inauguration of the Macau Open in 1998, international stars and leading Asian players have converged to compete in what is now one of Macau’s most iconic and eagerly anticipated annual events. We have had a long-term, wonderful working relationship with the Macau Golf Association over this tournament and it is our hope for this to continue for many years to come as we build Macau into a top class destination for business, sport and leisure. The involvement of The Venetian Macau as the tournament’s title sponsor will have a very positive effect on the development of The Venetian Macau Open and we look forward to making this year’s championship a very successful one.”

The title sponsorship of Macau’s flagship professional golf tournament is part of The Venetian Macau’s long-term vision to establish Macau as Asia’s number one destination for business, leisure and entertainment.

“We are honoured to take up the title sponsorship of this prestigious championship of the Asian Tour, the Venetian Macau Open,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. “Through our association with great sporting events, we will continue to provide quality entertainment and sporting extravaganzas in Macau for everyone’s enjoyment; but more importantly, it will promote Macau as a world centre of tourism and leisure ... This title sponsorship is truly significant for The Venetian Macau as it is the first time we are involved with the Asian Tour, which continues to lead and grow the sport across Asia. We are committed to growing The Venetian Macau Open and continuing the tradition of this tournament as one of the most exciting events in Macau.”

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