Macao Open Receives Prize Money Boost

US$1 million up for grabs when the event returns to the Macau Golf and Country Club from 15-18 October

Anirban Lahiri put in a brilliant performance last October to claim the title for the first time

The Venetian Macao Open will raise the bar once again when the 17th edition of the tournament returns to the Macau Golf & Country Club from 15 - 18 October - a week before the UBS Hong Kong Open is held at Fanling.

With the continued commitment of title sponsor - The Venetian Macao, the tournament’s prize purse sees a third consecutive increase, taking it to the all-important US$1 million mark - a rise of US$100,000 on 2014, making it one of the most lucrative tournaments on the Asian Tour.

And with confirmation that defending champion and current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Anirban Lahiri will be returning to Macao to defend the title he won in such dramatic style last year, the tournament once again promises to deliver a first class spectacle when the action gets underway in October.

Last year’s win propelled Lahiri towards a second place finish on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and being voted 2014 Players’ Player of the Year for his exploits. Speaking about his return to the Macau Golf & Country Club, the 28-year-old from Bangalore said, “2014 was a superb tournament and went right down to the wire in the fourth round. I managed to put myself in contention on the back nine, putting a bit of pressure on Scott Hend which paid off. The Venetian Macao Open is certainly one of the best tournaments we play all year. It’s very intimate and it’s just great fun to be right in the heart of Macao.”

"The season’s going well so far with a win in Malaysia and back home in India and a competitive result at The Open at St Andrews last week so I’ll be looking to take that momentum back to Asia and see if I can make it a double,” continued Lahiri.


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