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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

    Casino backing for Macau golf open is a good start

    Posted Aug 19th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Now it's up to sponsors to inject the cash to attract marquee players to one of the Asian Tour's most popular events Macau Open's deal with casinoa step in the right direction The announcement that the Macau Open had acquired the backing of a senior player in the gaming industry will come as welcome news to all parties concerned ...

  2. Monty aims to reignite career in HK

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Ryder Cup-winning captain Colin Montgomerie will return to play at next month's UBS Hong Kong Open, and is eagerly looking forward to getting back on a golf course without any responsibility other than a yearning to win again on the European Tour. Ha ...

  3. Olympic decision will help China make a mark

    Posted Oct 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay China's 'godfather' of golf, Zhang Lianwei, has forecast a boom in public courses on the mainland - now the sport has been included in the Olympics. Zhang believes the central government is ready to chip in on the game's development after the International Olympic Committee admitted golf and rugby sevens as new sports for the 2016 Olympics ...

  4. Teen McIlroy tipped to make big HK impact

    Posted Nov 10th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Two years ago, Rory McIlroy played at Fanling in the company of some of Europe's up-and-coming youngsters in the Faldo Series final. He will return next week as a fully fledged professional for the UBS Hong Kong Open which begins next Thursday. Northern Ireland wunderkind McIlroy is among a strong field headed by major winners Mike Weir of Canada and South ...

  5. Handover year win a great moment for Nobilo

    Posted Nov 14th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay It was just a few months after the handover when Frank Nobilo showed Kiwis can fly. The New Zealander strode up the par-five ninth hole (10th hole on the New Course) at the composite course in Fanling on the final day of the 1997 Open, having just launched a three-wood 246 yards to within a a few feet of the hole. Nobilo rolled in the eagle putt, which saw him build ...

  6. Asian drought threatens to extend to a decade

    Posted Nov 14th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Nine years have passed since an Asian player - South Korea's Kang Wook-soon (pictured) - won the Open at Fanling. And it won't be any easier for the region's players to break the famine this weekend. Two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen and 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir will pose considerable obstacles to the Asian Tour players who will be hoping ...

  7. Special Assignment

    Posted Nov 14th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Liang Wenchong aiming to be the first mainland winner Just remember that if - or when - Liang Wenchong becomes the first Chinese golfer to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit, not all that prize money will be in his pocket. China's number one golfer is a generous man, one who hasn't forgotten his roots. In a remarkable act this year at the Singapore Masters, ...

  8. Asian number one to play in 'rebel' events

    Posted Sep 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay The Asian Tour's Order of Merit leader, Liang Wenchong, said if the opportunity arose, he would play in the two 'rebel' events in South Korea and India next year. Both events are sanctioned only by the European Tour. 'As an Asian player, I would like to play in any professional tournaments in Asia,' said Liang yesterday. 'I already ...

  9. Split is a positive move - Haron

    Posted Aug 27th 2003, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Reeling under the twin effects of weak regional economies and the Sars outbreak, the Asian PGA tour suffered a further blow when it terminated its agreement with its marketing and commercial partner Asian PGA Tour Limited (ATL) yesterday. But Asian offici ...

  10. Tips few and far between for Rose

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Much to his chagrin, Justin Rose has not been able to get much out of his Florida next-door neighbour and buddy Ian Poulter on how to win the UBS Hong Kong Open on Sunday. 'The funny thing is that just a few days ago Ian was full of tips, but this week he seems to have dried up,' he said with a chuckle, taking a dig at the defending ...




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