It has been a while since my last write-up, apologies to anyone who regularly views my page and as been waiting patiently, if not well tough luck here is a write-up I have done for my local magazine. It isn’t that exciting but for any golfing fans it should give you brief idea of what is to come in the next couple of months. Hope you all enjoy.
December kicks off how November ended, on the Asian and Sunshine tour. With the new season of golf upon us December is a month in which golfers from all over the world prepare themselves for the season ahead and what better way to do that, than in places such as Hong Kong and South Africa where golf as become essential in their society.
December 5th-8th brings us to the Hong Kong Open which is held this year at the prestigious Hong Kong golf club. The club was founded in 1889 and is one of the world’s most distinguished golf clubs and is built up of three courses: the Old Course, the New Course and the Eden course all of which have their own challenging profile. The first Hong Kong open was held in 1959 and won by Lu Liang-huan who received 1,000 pounds sterling in prize money. The Hong Kong Open is, along with the US Masters at Augusta National, one of the world’s few tournaments hosted continuously by one club. The event has witnessed some spectacular golf over the years including Ian Poulter equalling Jose Maria Olazabal’s record of 22 under par over the four rounds. Golfers such as Greg Norman, Simon Dyson, Rory Mcilroy and Ian Woosnam have all won the prominent trophy alongside last year’s winner Miguel-Angel Jimenez who has won the Open on three separate occasions. The Hong Kong Open will form part of The 2014 Race to Dubai and will be amongst the closing events on the Asian Tour’s 2013 schedule.
The Sunshine Tour brings us two high-status opens within the space of 10 days. The Nedbank Golf Challenge starts at a similar time to that of the Hong Kong Open on the 5th of December. The Gary Player Country Club golf course has been the home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge since 1981. The course itself is rated the best in South Africa and is many golfers number 1 in the world. The event which is normally restricted to just 12 players is being expanded to 30 this season. Many top names are entering this year, such as 2013 FedEx cup winner Henrik Stenson. Stenson has entered the tournament just four times before but was the winner of the event in 2008.
After a short break over Christmas and New Year, the new golfing season of 2014 begins and what better way to start than with the Volvo Golf Championship and the Farmers Insurance Open which kick started the world number 1 Tiger Woods’ year. January is an exciting month for golf as the championships available provide great entertainment and some seriously high money prizes. The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship prize fund has been raised by $500,000 to $2.7 million, this has invited many stars including British Open winner Phil Mickelson who is starting the 2014 season at this event.
February consists of many events on the USPGA tour including the WGC Accenture match play which sees the best in the game go head to head in this magnificent matchplay tournament. The Accenture Match Play Championship returns to The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz, February 17-23, 2014, when American Matt Kuchar will defend his title against the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.