Saturday, October 4, 2008

Bonus for Omega Golf Championship in Beijing rising

Next week's Omega Golf Championship in Beijing, the Omega China Tour's season-ending event, will boast an increased purse of 1 million yuan , Tour promoter World Sport Group announced on Friday.

The winner's cheque for 187,500 yuan, up from 150,000 yuan, has also raised Li Chao's hopes of making a late bid to win his third Omega Order of Merit title in four seasons.

The 1-million-yuan purse represents an increase of 200,000 yuan from last year's event and a record for the Omega China Tour, which is sanctioned by the China Golf Association .

The third Omega Championship will be staged for the first time at the Beijing Longxi Hotspring Golf Club on Oct. 9-12 after two successful editions at the Tianan Golf Club, also in the capital, when Liang Wenchong and Zhang Lianwei emerged as champions.

"The increased purse of 1 million yuan reflects the season-ending status of the Omega Championship, which has been Omega China Tour's flagship event since they became title sponsor in 2006," said Nick Mould , President of World Sport Group .

"It means the players have more to aim for and gives them one final chance to make a big move on the Omega Order of Merit, which has already produced two great winners in the first three seasons and could welcome a third this year in Liao Guiming."

Liao currently leads with 360,750 yuan ahead of Zhang Lianwei , who won't be competing in Beijing , and Li .

The Beijing Longxi Hotspring Golf Club, which opened in April 2004, is attached to a five-star resort set in a region of natural underground hot springs in the Daxing District in the south of the capital.

The Omega China Tour players will compete over the club's new 18-hole championship layout, which was designed by Mark Hollinger of JMP Golf Design Group and features an array of water hazards.

Source: Xinhua

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