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Sponsors reaffirm their commitment to Taiwan golf tourney

AFP, SINGAPORE, WITH STAFF WRITER

Sponsors have reaffirmed their commitment to golf events in Taiwan, Macau and Vietnam despite the tough economic climate, the Asian Tour said yesterday.

The news means the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, Macau Open, and Hana Bank Vietnam Masters will go ahead as planned.

Asian Tour Executive Chairman Han Kyi-hla said the Taiwan Masters will be held from Oct. 1 to Oct. 4. The Macau Open, another long-standing event, will be staged from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20 while the Vietnam Masters, inaugurated in 2007, is slated from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22.

The three events will offer US$500,000 each in prize money.

“I am pleased to announce that the Macau Open, Mercuries Taiwan Masters and Hana Bank Vietnam Masters will feature prominently on [the] Asian Tour schedule during the second half of our season,” Han said.

“In view of the present economic climate, we are delighted that our sponsors have maintained their commitment towards professional golf across Asia and our players value their support,” he said.

Venues for the Macau Open and Vietnam Masters will be announced in due course while the Taiwan Golf and Country Club in Tamsui will once again host the Taiwan Masters.

Taiwan’s Lu Wen-teh lifted a record fourth Mercuries Taiwan Masters title last September, having previously won the event in 1994, 1996 and 2007.

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