European Tour star Paul McGinley of Ireland is the latest big name player to be announced for this year's Omega Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Golf Club. The 34-year-old Dubliner, who will make his debut in the Ryder Cup next year, has confirmed he will play in the prestigious US$700,000 event, which will tee-off from November 29 to December 2.
McGinley's confirmation follows last month's announcement that American John Daly will play in the Omega Hong Kong Open. Daly won the BMW International Open in Munich in September for his first win in six years and like in-from McGinley he is expected to arrive in Hong Kong full of confidence.
For the first time the Omega Hong Kong Open is being joint-sanctioned by the Asian PGA-run Davidoff Tour and the European Tour. A number of other star players will be announced over the next few weeks but one of the best fields in the history of the event is assured with the tournament boasting 60 players from the Davidoff Tour and 60 from the European Tour. McGinley will head to Hong Kong to cap what has been the finest season of his 10-year professional career. The Irishman finished in seventh place on the European team Ryder Cup rankings thanks to his victory in the Wales Open and 10 top-10 finishes this year. The postponement of the Ryder Cup last month meant McGinley's Ryder Cup debut was put on hold until next season. The winner of three titles on the European Tour, he also won the World Cup with Padraig Harrington in 1997.
" It's been a great season for me so far and I'm aiming to continue to play well right up until the end of the year. It's important that I keep the momentum going right on through to next year's Ryder Cup. The Omega Hong Kong Open will be an excellent event for me to play in before the winter break in Europe, " said McGinley, who is currently 11th on the European Tour Order of Merit.
The Omega Hong Kong Open will be the closing event on this year's Davidoff Tour, while it will be the second leg of the 2001/2002 European Tour.