Open's major attraction: Masters champ returning for another shot at HK title

Sports | 14 Sep 2018

'Captain America' is returning to Hong Kong in November, this time as a Major winner.

Masters champion Patrick Reed - whose exploits at Hazeltine in 2016 helped the United States regain the Ryder Cup from Europe and earned him the nickname 'Captain America' - will tee off at the Honma Hong Kong Open on November 22-25.

Reed will be joined by Sergio Garcia, the man he succeeded as winner at Augusta National, and defending champion Wade Ormsby in the tournament kicking off the European Tour's 2019 Race to Dubai. Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, the world No 11, will also be among the star attractions at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

Reed, 28, finished third at Fanling in 2015 but did not do as well when he returned a year later.

"Hong Kong Golf Club is such a great course," Reed said. "I really enjoyed playing it in my previous two visits and I hope to play really well, have some fun and be in the mix late on Sunday."

Before they head to the SAR, Reed will again play for the US against Europe's Fleetwood and Garcia at the Ryder Cup later this month in Paris.

Garcia, the 2017 Masters champion and 14-time European Tour winner, finished tied for 19th on his tournament debut last year. "Playing in Hong Kong last year was a great way to kick-start my season and I had a fantastic time exploring the city," the Spaniard said. "There are so many great past champions and I would love to add my name to that illustrious list."

Fleetwood, the 2017 Race to Dubai champion, will make his third appearance at Fanling. He finished sixth last year and third in 2016.

Ormsby, 38, emerged at the top of the crowded leaderboard last year to claim his maiden European Tour title after a 13-year wait.

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