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European Tour Golf Betting Odds: The Hong Kong Open is a golf tournament which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour. It was founded in 1959 and has been part of the European Tour's schedule since 2001. The Hong Kong Golf Association, Hong Kong PGA and Chinese PGA also receive a limited number of exemptions into the tournament for their members.
The 54rd edition of the Hong Kong Open, one of Asia’s most prestigious and enduring sporting events, will be played once again at the popular Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling, and marks seven years with UBS - Switzerland’s biggest bank - as the title sponsor.
The tournament holds a prominent strategic position on The European Tour International Schedule, as the final counting event towards deciding the Number One to 60 players in The Race to Dubai who compete in the season-ending Dubai World Championship. The UBS Hong Kong Open also plays an important role in determining the winner of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit crown. There will be a lot at stake when the pros tee it up this year in Hong Kong.
A world class field, including new US Open Champion Rory McIlroy, ensures that the2011 event will create an enormous sense of drama and excitement in an area which has experienced a recent surge in interest in golf. Also in the field are teenage sensation Matteo Manassero, defending champion Ian Poulter, and a host of elite players from around the world.
A glimpse back to last year:
Ian Poulter recorded his tenth European Tour title by holding off all challengers at the UBS Hong Kong Open. The 34 year old closed with a three under par 67 to finish with a 22 under par total of 258. That was one clear of compatriot Simon Dyson and Italy's Matteo Manassero, but in truth The Ryder Cup star never looked like relinquishing the advantage he had held since the second round.
A bogey at the last after his approach found the bunker slightly tarnished his card, but three birdies on the front nine and a brilliant eagle at the par- five 13th where he nailed his drive then faded a fairway wood approach to 12 feet - secured victory.
2012 Hong Kong Open Winner - Jimenez earns narrow win in Hong Kong
Miguel Angel Jimenez posted a 5-under 65 in the final round Sunday and won the Hong Kong Open by a single stroke over Fredrik Andersson Hed.
Jimenez, 48, finished at 15-under-par 265. This was his 19th victory on the European Tour, and third at this tournament. With the win, he became the oldest winner in tour history.
"It's very nice. I hope it's not the last one," joked Jimenez. "I really love this place. I love the golf course, it's a great golf course where you have to control the ball very well, it's not a matter of distance."
Andersson Hed fired a 6-under 64 to end alone in second place at minus-14 at Hong Kong Golf Club.
Marcus Fraser also shot 64 on Sunday to grab third at 12-under-par 268.
Matteo Manassero, who was going for his second win in as many weeks, posted a 2-under 68 in the final round. He ended alongside Peter Lawrie (66) and Stephen Gallacher (65) in fourth at 11-under-par 269.
Michael Campbell, who had at least a piece of the lead after rounds two and three, struggled to a 2-over 72 in the final round. He fell into a tie for eighth at 8-under-par 272.
Campbell collected his second straight top-10 finish. The last time he did that was at the end of the 2008 season.
2011 UBS Hong Kong Open Winner - Rory McIlroy keeps share of lead at Hong Kong Open
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland retained a share of the lead at the Hong Kong Open on Friday after shooting a 1-under 69 in the second round.
The U.S. Open champion was joined at 7-under 133 by first-round co-leader Alvaro Quiros of Spain, who also had a 69.
Panuphol Pittayarat of the Philippines shot a 65 and Scotland's Richie Ramsay had a 66 to sit a shot back in second.
McIlroy had the chance to grab the outright lead at the last hole, but missed a 4-foot putt for par to finish an up-and-down round with a bogey, his second over the last three holes.
Two-time Hong Kong Open champion Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain and New Zealand's Danny Lee were two shots behind the leaders at 5-under 135.
David Horsey of Britain, who had a share of the lead after the opening day alongside McIlroy and Quiros, slipped to 4 under after a 72.
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