Surprise late entrant Jean Van de Velde knows there isn't much water at Fanling's Composite Course, but he couldn't help poking fun at himself yesterday in the build-up to this week's US$700,000 Omega Hong Kong Open. The 35-year-old Frenchman will be forever remembered for 'losing it' at the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie after hitting the water on the 18th hole, blowing a three-stroke lead and then having the title snatched away by Scotland's Paul Lawrie in a playoff. But Van de Velde made a splash when asked what advice he would give his rivals, having played in Hong Kong three times. 'Yeah, stay out of trouble and especially stay out of the water.' Van de Velde, playing here for the first time since 1995, should stay out of trouble himself as only three holes at the Composite Course have water - the par-four 18th being the most hazardous. 'Playing in Hong Kong a couple of times before is no doubt an advantage, but you still have to hit the shots well. If you don't, then what can you do?' said the Frenchman, whose best result this year was a second at the Cannes Open. 'What are my expectations? I am expecting to play better than anybody else. I hope everybody plays worse than me. Every time I play in Hong Kong, the course plays differently. You have to hit on the good side of the pin,' said Van de Velde, who exorcised the demons of the past when he played at Carnoustie last month for the first time since his 72nd-hole meltdown. Competing at the Dunhill Links Championship, he parred the 18th hole. 'Hong Kong is my last tournament for the year so I hope to play well. I have always finished in the middle in my previous appearances here. Hopefully, I can do better.'