World champion John Higgins has more than snooker on his mind after losing his passport on his first night out in Hong Kong. Yesterday he sent out an SOS to South China Morning Post readers: 'One world champion's passport missing. Financial reward to anyone who can find it'. He said: 'We went out on a tram trip on Tuesday night and I think I lost it somewhere between the hotel and the tram,' Higgins, 32 (pictured), said. 'All I know is I'll have to sort something out quick.' The Scot is due to fly to Shanghai on business on Monday after the HK$400,000 Euro-Asia Masters Challenge tournament, which starts today at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, so he doesn't have much time to spare. He managed to keep a cool head about it, though, saying: 'If no one finds it I'll have to go to the British consulate to have one issued. 'But if anyone comes across it, drop it in at the Marco Polo Hotel. I'm sure we can sort something out for finding it.' Along with fellow Scot Stephen Hendry, 38, England's Ronnie O'Sullivan, 31, Thailand's James Wattana, 37, and Ireland's Ken Doherty, 37, kept the tone lighthearted throughout an entertaining press conference. Throughout, mainland star Ding Junhui sat quietly, letting the old pros have centre stage, but fans will be hoping he fires up when the event gets under way, as the 20-year-old has a massive following. 'It's a good feeling to be here in Hong Kong and I want to do well for all my supporters,' he said. 'I've gained a lot of experience over the past 12 months in England and have definitely improved as a player.' World number three O'Sullivan had only praise for the mainlander. 'He's a player that's blessed with great talent. Of the youngsters in the game today, he's definitely on the top of the pile.' Ding's presence also meant that local favourite Marco Fu Ka-chun had not as much of the limelight as usual, but it was something to which he is becoming accustomed. 'It some ways the rise of Ding to prominence has taken the pressure off me a little bit,' Fu, 29, said. 'But he's great for the game in Asia. The more successful he is, the more the game will develop here.'