Flight time Ian Poulter won the Hong Kong Open back in 2010 and was tied for fourth the following year – his last appearance here. So we know the course holds no fears for the man. But how about that jet lag? The Englishman’s feet will have barely touched the ground before he steps out at midday Thursday, after a mad, last-minute dash across the globe to pick up the sponsor’s invite vacated by the magnanimous Rich Beem. One thing history – and the Ryder Cup – has shown us over the years though is that Poulter loves it when the odds are staked against him. Write him off at your peril. Masters apprentice It was at the Poulter-hosted British Masters at the start of the month that 21-year-old Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick grabbed the first of what many pundits are predicting will be many titles, on the European Tour and beyond. Word around the traps is the Sheffield-born 2013 US Amateur winner has a game tailor-made for Fanling. He’s currently 61 in the world – but what this lad move. Reaching out Much has been made of the event’s “rebirth” thanks to more money from sponsors UBS, more support from the government and the resultant star-packed field. But organisers have seemingly worked overtime to appeal to fans – and the community. Ok, so it might be motivated by pure survival instincts but a first look at the spectators village at the Hong Kong Golf Club, and a walk around the set up in Chater Garden has impressed even the most cynical of hacks here this week. It's free entry on Thursday too. We wait to see if the people rise to the bait.