Grace adds star power to Venetian Macao Open

From Asian Tour

Valero Texas Open - Final RoundWorld number 13 Branden Grace of South Africa and reigning Asian Tour number one Anirban Lahiri of India will lend their star credentials to the Venetian Macao Open next month.

The latest addition of marquee names will ensure the 2016 edition of Macao’s flagship golf championship will boast one of its strongest fields ever in its 17-year history when the prestigious tournament tees off at Macau Golf & Country Club from October 13 to 16.

Title holder Scott Hend of Australia and Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland earlier confirmed their participation in the US$1.1 million tournament, the richest full-field Asian Tour event this season.

Grace, 28, will be aiming to secure a winning debut at the Venetian Macao Open following a year which has seen him win twice and post two top-five finishes at the Majors. He also made a name for himself at last year’s Presidents Cup in Korea where he notched a perfect record of five wins in as many matches, becoming only the fifth player in history to produce the feat.

“I am very much looking forward to going to Macao and competing there for the first time. I don’t get to play in Asia very often and with golf growing so fast over there, it is always interesting for me to head out to that part of the world to test myself and compete at the best tournaments such as the Venetian Macao Open,” said the South African star, who holds seven wins on the European Tour and one on the PGA Tour secured at the RBC Heritage earlier this season.

“The Venetian Macao Open will be a difficult but satisfying tournament to win. Scott Hend has proven to be almost unbeatable the last few years, and I heard Darren Clarke is coming out too. Together with the top Asian players, there will be a good mix of high quality golfers to compete against, so I am going to make sure I am ready, keep performing well and hopefully continue to climb the rankings.”


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