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Hend to Defend at 2014 Venetian Macao Open

Macao, 22 May, 2014: Big-hitting Australian Scott Hend has confirmed that he will defend the Venetian Macao Open title he won in emphatic style last year.  That victory was his fifth Asian Tour title and completed a hat trick of wins in 2013 which propelled him to second place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

“Last year was something of a stellar year for me with three wins across the season,” said Hend.  “The Venetian Macao Open was probably the highlight as I managed to hold off Ernie Els and a good field to win by three shots.  I started terribly with a 74 but came back strongly with three low rounds to win it.”

“I’m really looking forward to defending the title.  The Venetian Macao Open is such a great event in such a great city and the players love it.  Hence you always get a strong Asian Tour field so it’s a good battle over a challenging course,” concluded Hend.

Asian golf received further good news today with the announcement that this year’s Venetian Macao Open will boast the highest prize purse in the storied history of the event.   Sponsored by The Venetian®Macao-Resort-Hotel for the third year in succession, the field will compete for US$900,000, a 12.5% increase on last year’s purse.

Officials have also confirmed the dates for the 16th Macao Open. The hugely popular tournament will be played between 23 to 26 October over the magnificent Macao Golf & Country Club, a course that contains one of the most spectacular par threes on the Asian Tour, a 238 yard hole that plunges 140m from tee to green.

Jose Tavares, President of the Macao Sport Development Board (MSDB), co-organisers of the event along with the Golf Association of Macao, commented:  “Everyone involved in the tournament is delighted with the continued growth of the Venetian Macao Open and we’re honoured that such a prestigious and supportive sponsor is once again involved.  The event is going from strength to strength with prize money increasing year on year which in turn attracts an ever more competitive field.”

“We are now firmly established as one of the leading sporting and social events in the annual Macao calendar, showcasing Macao’s world-class event hosting capability to audiences across the globe.”

“We have had a long-term and wonderful working relationship with the MSDB over this tournament and we hope to continue this for many years and to carry on showcasing to the world how Macao can play host to a top class international golf tournament,” Mr. Charles Lo, President of the Golf Association of Macao added.

Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. commented: “This year is the third consecutive year of The Venetian Macao’s sponsorship of the Macao Open and we’re thrilled to be involved with one of Macao’s premier events once again. The Venetian Macao provides wonderful experiences for our guests and the Venetian Macao Open is an extension of that.  Our partnership with MSDB and the Macao Golf Association continues to blossom and we’re looking forward to another fantastic tournament this year.”

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