With only two weeks left until the DP World Championship in Dubai, which is the last tournament of the year for the guys across the big pond, most of the top players will head over to Honk Kong for the USB Hong Kong Open at the Fanling Golf Course, to play for a $2 Million HK Dollar purse. Others will go to South Africa to play the SA Open Championship at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate in Ekurhukeni, South Africa, and play for a million Euro.
The large field of European regulars will feature a Ryder Cup reunion that will include Team Europe Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, World number one, Rory McIlroy, Barclays Singapore Open winner Matteo Manassero. Also joining the action that gets underway Thursday morning will be World Series of Golf Champion, Padraig Harrington, former PGA champion Y.E. Yang and British Open and PGA champion, John Daly. The rather small list of Americans also include 2012 Players champion, Matt Kuchar.
Rory McIlroy is the defending champion, and has said he was looking forward to returning to Hong Kong, and defending his title. He came here last year needing points to challenge Luke Donald’s grip on the Race To Dubai points. He fell short, and Donald won all of the marbles on both tours.
The SA Open Championship will also tee off on Thursday morning and the big name in the field is 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, and 2010 PGA champion Martin Kaymer. The lions share of the field is made up of players from South Africa looking to improve their status on the tour. The defending champion is South African, Hennie Otto who has had two wins on the European Tour, is 96th on the Race To Dubai list. He is ranked 179th in the World.
Other players are looking to improve their positions, and chances for getting into the 60 man field at Dubai. The DP Championship at Jumeriah has an $8 Million dollar purse, and is the last chance for 2012.