Garcia Sets Sights on Asia’s Grandest Stage
Story published at 13:14, Thursday, September 24th, 2015
The well documented hype around The Ho Tram Open took another giant leap yesterday, as global golf superstar, Sergio Garcia committed to competing, marking his first visit to Vietnam. A picture was released Sergio donning the signature Ho Tram black tie outfit ‘Asia’s Grandest Stage’ theme.
The image was accompanied by a tweet from Sergio, who is currently competing in the FedEx Playoffs on the PGA Tour. ‘Really happy to be playing in Vietnam @HoTramOpen. See you all there #AsiasGrandestStage’
Garcia has won 24 tournaments worldwide — including The Players Championship — and has participated in seven Ryder Cups. His charisma on the golf course has become a trademark of the Spaniard’s style and ability to wow fans in all corners of the world. As a child prodigy, Garcia quickly rose to fame with a glittering amateur career before becoming the youngest player to make a cut in a European Tour event at the age of 16.
According to Sergio: “Vietnam has always been an intriguing destination for golf and one I have been paying close attention to. We are blessed with a lot of great tournaments around the world, but the opportunity to experience a new destination, a new course and a new challenge is very appealing to me.”
The much lauded theme ‘Asia’s Grandest Stage’ is ringing true, with the unquestionable commitment to creating one of the finest golf events anywhere in the world. The ownership group, Asian Coast Development Ltd continue to surpass expectations and is quickly turning the inaugural event into one of the most hotly anticipated events on any tour.
“This is great news for sports fans in Vietnam and for the Ho Tram Open,” commented Ben Styles, Vice President Golf & Residential. “Sergio has been one of golf’s most charismatic figures and he will give us considerable impetus in putting the destination on the map.”
In addition to Sergio and Darren Clarke, Bluff’s Ambassador Robert Rock, former U.S. Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy, Vietnam’s no.1 Michael Tran and Ryder Cup legend Thomas Bjorn, will be joining the Asian Tour’s best for the event from December 3-6.
“Sergio is at the pinnacle of the sport, which coupled with his charismatic style and his spirit of entertainment give us the perfect package for the Ho Tram Open,” said Jed Moore, Tournament Promoter Ho Tram Open. “The event will be a great advert for Vietnam and Ho Tram and with Sergio’s addition gives us even greater potential.”
Garcia will join next year’s Ryder Cup Captain, Darren Clarke providing a good opportunity for the pair to share thoughts on next year’s matches.
“It is great that Darren is playing. He is always great to be around and I am looking forward to spending some time with him during the week.”
A gesture that is striking the right chord has been the decision to issue tickets free of charge. Tickets are available for download on the Ho Tram Open website www.hotramopen.com giving sports fans around the nation and beyond the chance to indulge and experience the event.
Since opening in October 2014, the links-style layout located two hours southeast of Ho Chi Minh City has been hailed by many of the world’s leading authorities on golf. In January, GOLF Magazine named it one of the world’s best new courses. In July, the Australian Financial Review called it “as pretty a course as you’ll find on the entire Asian continent.”
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