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Ian Poulter returned from a long break to post an opening round 66 and lead the rain-affected opening round of the Singapore Open in Sentosa. Ian Poulter alerted his legion of fans on Twitter about an equipment change he put in place. “I used the new ZL cobra driver today, with a new speeder shaft. Good job Cobra its worked great. Folks it worth a try at your local proshop,” he tweeted.
Next week Tiger Woods makes a rare visit down under to play in the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath. According to a local media report, Woods turned his back on a $5 million Sydney offer to play in Melbourne instead for $3 million. The following week he will be in China for the HSBC Champions tournament in Shensen. Its a World Golf Championship and features a $7 million purse.
This just might be the equivalent of a tree falling in the forest and no one is around to hear if it makes a noise. At the inaugural Asian Amateur Championship in southern China today, local resident Han Ren made an ideal start by posting an amateur course record of seven-under 65 to take a one-shot lead at Mission Hills Golf Club’s World Cup Course.
The 21-year-old Han, who played three holes in an exhibition match against Tiger Woods at the same venue in
2001, leads by one from
Korean Han Chang-won, with
the Philippines’ Mhark
Fernando in outright third
another stroke back.
Why this is significance is an
invitation to play in the 2010 Masters Tournament awaits the winner, while both the winner and the runner(s)-up will earn a place in International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship being played next year at St Andrews. A total of 117-player field are competing in the 72-hole stroke play event.
“With the support of the Masters Tournament and The R&A, amateur golf in the region has received a tremendous boost,” said Kwangsoo Hur, President of the APGC, the event’s organiser. “Showcasing this region’s top players is an incredible opportunity, both for the entrants in the field and the overall growth of the game. A new champion will emerge from this event that will, in time, help inspire others to dream of competing at the sport’s highest level.”
More than 150 countries will see some television coverage of the Asian Amateur Championship, with programming that includes two hours of event exposure during the third and final rounds with Peter Oosterhuis as lead commentator. In addition, 30-minute highlight shows will follow the first, second and final rounds. The broadcasts will be aired on ESPN Star (Asia), Guangdong Golf Channel (China), Tokyo Broadcasting System (Japan), ESPN International (Latin America, Northern Africa and the Middle East), SuperSport (Southern Africa), Network Ten (Australia), Sky New Zealand, CNBC Europe and ESPN2 (United States).