HONG KONG (Information) – Former British Open champion Henrik Stenson says he has no considerations about safety forward of this month’s Hong Kong Open because the match appears to be like set to go forward regardless of ongoing civil unrest within the Chinese language-ruled metropolis.
FILE PHOTO: Golf – Scottish Open – The Renaissance Membership, North Berwick, Britain – July 12, 2019 Sweden’s Henrik Stenson through the second spherical Motion Pictures through Information/Lee Smith/File Picture
Quite a few sporting occasions have been canceled within the territory on account of anti-government demonstrations during the last a number of months however the Swede says the European Tour occasion at Fanling must be secure for gamers and spectators.
“I’ve by no means had any actual considerations touring wherever on the planet to play golf,” mentioned Stenson, who headlines a subject that additionally consists of former Masters champion Patrick Reed.
“We now have a Tour they usually all the time put the security of gamers and followers first. It’s one thing that I depart for the European Tour as a part of the staging of this occasion and every time there’s the go-ahead to play a golf match I’m there able to play.
“It’s by no means been a priority of mine.”
The protests started in June over a now-shelved controversial extradition invoice which kickstarted a sequence of demonstrations which have turned more and more violent.
The Hong Kong Open tennis occasion, which is a part of the WTA Tour and was as a result of be held in October, was referred to as off whereas the Hong Kong Open squash championships had been additionally canceled.
However the territory’s premier golf competitors, now in its 61st yr, will go forward as deliberate. The Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 match fills the opening slot of the 2020 European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
Previous to showing in Hong Kong Stenson, who completed 20th on the WGC HSBC Champions occasion in Shanghai final weekend, travels to South Africa for the Nedbank Golf Problem earlier than taking his place on the Tour’s finish of season DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
“When you’ve got 78 of the highest gamers on the planet, it’s by no means a foul week for those who’re ending 20th even when we all the time intention to complete greater,” he mentioned.
“We would like greater and we now have the capability for lots higher than that. I really feel it was a good begin on a 4 or 5 week tour right here and I’ve had just a few days to observe earlier than Solar Metropolis, which is my subsequent match, after which the Dubai closing after which we come to Hong Kong.
“We’ve set to work onerous and do the proper issues and we’ll get the return ultimately.
“You by no means know when that’s going to occur. It could be good if Hong Kong may very well be that week the place we get rewarded for that tough work.”
Reporting by Michael Church, Enhancing by Peter Rutherford