POULTER, YANG AND DALY TO STAR IN UBS HONG KONG OPEN
Ryder Cup star, Ian Poulter, will be joined at next week’s UBS Hong Kong Open by Major Champions Y.E 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 moving up the world rankings 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 continent 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 so I would love to win the title,” said Yang.
“Hong Kong is one of the greatest 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
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.
Commenting on the most recent inclusions to the all-star draw, 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.
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