U.S. Open

Brilliant Westwood scorches into 11-shot lead

Lee Westwood has assembled all the pieces needed to win a cherished major and put the 'whole package' on show again at the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship yesterday.

Saturday, 17 December, 2011, 12:00am

Poulter a long shot for two-in-a-row

Only one player has won back-to-back titles in this tournament's history. Today, Ian Poulter will attempt to make it two, as he tries to emulate Taiwanese Hsieh Yung-yo (1963-64).

The defending champion has put himself in a reasonable position after carding a three-under 67 yesterday, his best score this week following a 71 and 68 on the first two days.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hak battles nerves to stay in race

Jason Hak Shun-yat's father's relieved expression said it all at the halfway house at Fanling, his nerves finally going slack after nine holes that wound them to tightrope tension.

Hak seemed set to cruise into the weekend when he birdied the first hole - his 10th - to go to one-over for the day and one-under in total.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Family matters help disrupt Rose's debut

Justin Rose's Hong Kong debut was brief but lucrative, the Englishman missing the cut but pocketing an appearance fee believed to be around HK$600,000.

A 69 yesterday in the tougher early morning conditions for a three-over total ensured he joined last year's runner-up Matteo Manassero (72 for four-over) as the biggest names taking an early flight home.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Money talks in Asian golf world

Some thirty years ago South African hotel developer Sol Kerzner was in a bit of a quandary. He had built a spectacular resort and golf course called Sun City in South Africa and very much wanted to hold a championship golf tournament there. But there was only one big problem: apartheid.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Chan overcomes jitters to stay the course

Man and nature tried to impede Chan Yih-shin but the happy-go-lucky Taiwanese was unstoppable as he completed a wire-to-wire Macau Open victory yesterday.

Chan shot his worst round of the week, a two-under-par 69, but it was enough to give him a three-shot victory over Australian David Gleeson and see him take home US$118,875.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Excited Chan aims to stay in front

Taiwan's Chan Yih-shin finds himself in uncharted waters - on the verge of his first wire-to-wire victory on the Asian Tour - after taking a one-shot lead into the final round of the Macau Open today.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Chan has every reason to smile as pulls ahead

A smile is never far from the face of Taiwanese Chan Yih-shin and his positive attitude paid off yesterday as he shot a second-round 67 to take a one-shot lead at the halfway mark of the Macau Open.

Yesterday the 35-year-old's smiles were wider than ever after grabbing sole ownership of the lead at the US$750,000 tournament.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Woods lauds talent of mainland's juniors

A little more than 24 hours after finishing fourth at the US Masters on Sunday, Tiger Woods touched down at the Mission Hills Golf Club for a junior clinic and to help promote his line of clubs and apparel.

'I always love coming back here and not just for the golf,' Woods said. 'Being half Asian I feel comfortable here.'

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Local star Hie takes lead in Indonesia

Indonesia's Rory Hie took the third-round lead in the US$1 million Indonesia PGA Championship yesterday. The former US college star fired a third-round five-under-par 67 for a three-round aggregate of 13-under-par 203 at Imperial Klub Golf near Jakarta. Australian Mathew Millar, the first- and second-round leader, carded a 71 and was in second place, one stroke behind.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Marvellous Manassero gives Poulter a run for his money

Matteo Manassero reaches new heights almost every week of his burgeoning career and, despite missing out on a second title in less than a month yesterday, the Italian teenager was happy to reflect on a remarkable rookie season.

22 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

McIlroy knows he has to shoot the lights out

A sportsman will always try to convince anyone they are still in with a chance of victory, but you do believe Rory McIlroy when the Ulsterman declares the Open is still within his sights, despite being four shots adrift of Ian Poulter.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

First taste of Open has teenager hungry for more

Despite the odd rush of teenage blood, amateur Shinichi Mizuno claimed local bragging rights after a level-par second round left the West Island School student as Hong Kong's leading player.

The Japan-born 17-year-old, the only amateur in the 144-man field, followed up an opening round three-over 73 to finish the best of Hong Kong's eight representatives.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Im leads charge in 'horrendous' conditions

American Daniel Im said it all when asked to describe the weather conditions for yesterday's opening round of the Volvo China Open international qualifying at Discovery Bay: 'Horrendous'.

10 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Bourdy soaks up bubbly on 'best day of his career'

A champagne shower from his friends and a kiss from his girlfriend was the reception awaiting Gregory Bourdy after he crushed the hopes of crowd favourite Rory McIlroy to become the first Frenchman to win the UBS Hong Kong Open yesterday.

16 Nov 2009 - 12:00am