Full of Merit The race for this year’s Asian Tour Order of Merit had pretty much been run and won well before attention turned to Hong Kong. India’s Anirban Lahiri came to town with more than double his closest rival – US$1,011,984.65 collected compared to second-placed Australian Scott Hend’s US$438,781.66. Don’t think for a moment that Lahiri’s might be resting on his laurels, though. One of the form players anywhere in the world this year, the 28-year-old finished Friday sitting just in behind the leaders – and he might just be poised to make his charge. Bag man Ian Poulter’s exploits have rightly captured global attention this week, but let’s not forget the help he’s had from someone who knows the lay of the land at Fanling. Hong Kong Golf Club pro Alan Gibson has been carrying the bag for the Englishman this week, after have first done the same job when Poulter and Justin Rose opened their course across the border at the Mission Hills property back in 2013. After his race around the world to make the start of the event, Poulter admitted some of the pressure was eased when he saw a familiar face. “I’m just happy to have him with me,” said Poulter. “He knows the place and he knows what he’s doing.” Dig deep There are plenty of temptations inside the revamped spectators village, but don’t miss the chance to lend your support to those who do that little bit extra for the community. The first UBS Hong Kong Open Charity Cup takes place on October 28 and gives us regular hackers a chance to play the Hong Kong Golf Club, while channelling all funds raised towards the Playright Hospital Play Service, the Autism Partnership Foundation’s Aoi Pui School and the InspiringHK Sport Foundation. Step inside the Friends of Asia tent – run by the Open’s official charity – and go that extra yard.