PRESENTATION – The 2018-19 season of the European Tour kicks off this Thursday in the Far East. Several tricolor golfers make the trip, including Grégory Bourdy, winner in 2009, and Victor Dubuisson, which is the big comeback after seven months of absence.
Barely the surprise victory of Danny Willett at the DP World Tour Championship and the consecration of Francesco Molinari at the Race 2018 consumed must already turn to 2019. The new season of the European Tour starts this week in Hong Kong. At Fanling, on the iconic Hong Kong Golf Club. Despite a rather small endowment (less than two million euros), big names have decided to make the long trip to the Far East. Most were still in Dubai last weekend for the closing of the 2018 season. Let's mention Patrick Reed of the United States, second in the DP World Tour Championship, Sergio Garcia and Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain, Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark and the Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick. All residents of the world's top 50!
Dubuisson, seven months later …
Six French people are also adventurers. And not just any Operated from the tympanum just after his missed cut in April at the Spanish Open, Victor Dubuisson signs his big return to the competition. At the time of writing, the Cannois is even announced at 7:30 local (0:30 in France) Thursday from tee n ° 11, along with the Indian Shiv Kapur and the Australian Marcus Fraser. It should also be in Mauritius the following week, for AfrAsia Bank Mauritius … Victorious in 2009 of the UBS Hong Kong Open, Grégory Bourdy is there too. The Bordeaux has the status of a former winner to enter the field since he just lost on November 15 in Tarragona (Spain) his playing rights on the European Tour by failing to finish in the top 25 Accessions cards.All the opposite of Clement Sordet, who, he, managed to regain his card by taking the sixth final place. The native of Nice had also taken the tenth place in Hong Kong on November 26, 2017 for his debut on the Tour. This destination seems to smile to Raphael Jacquelin, 44 years and 111th of the Race, since it had hung two tops 10 (5th in 2009 and 9th in 2014). Victor Perez, third in the 2018 Challenge Tour, and Lionel Weber, a member since 2013 of the Asian Tour (which co-sanctions the Honma Hong Kong Open) finally complete the blue-white-red contingent. We wish them all a beautiful and rich season!
Honma Hong Kong Open (European Tour) – 1,749,900 euros endowment
Players to watch
Wade Ormsby (Aus), Patrick Reed (USA), Sergio Garcia (Spain), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Ang), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain), Shintaro Kobayashi (Japan), Lucas Bjerregaard (Dan) , Shubankhar Sharma (Ind), Matthew Southgate (Ang), Scott Hend (Aus), Alejandro Canizares (Spain).
The French engaged
Lionel Weber, Raphael Jacquelin, Victor Dubuisson, Gregory Bourdy, Victor Perez, Clement Sordet.
To follow the Honma Hong Kong Open (European Tour) on television:
Thursday, November 22, 1st round: 07h00 (Golf +)
Friday, November 23rd, 2nd round: 07h00 (Golf +)
Saturday, November 24th, 3rd round: 07h00 (Golf +)
Sunday, November 25th, 4th lap: 07h00 (Golf +)