THIS year's Hong Kong Open will feature more Asian players than ever before, according to organisers. Changes to qualification rules see Asian players hold half the expected 132 berths. Asian Golf Tour executive director, John Benda, said: 'The rules have been re-written to allow each Asia Pacific Golf Confederation member country hosting an event on the Tour to nominate up to three players for each tournament. 'This is in addition to players already exempt.' There are 11 APGC countries hosting tournaments, which means 33 Asian players should be able to gain automatic entry. The Hong Kong Organising Committee can also invite up to 23 players, half of whom may be Asian. Lincoln Venancio, group managing director of promoters Spectrum, said: 'The 1995 Hong Kong Open field will likely be comprised of the largest number of Asian golfers in the event's 37-year history.' Former US Open champion, Payne Stewart, will compete in the November 16-19 event. Ian Menzies, vice-president of the Hong Kong Golf Association, said: 'We are very pleased to be able to extend additional invitations to Asian golfers. The recent changes in the Asian Golf Tour rules reflect the APGC's continued commitment to Asian players.'