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Tour Insider: Raphael Jacquelin explains the importance of rhythm THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE HONG KONG GOLF ASSOCIATION VOTED THE REGION’S NO 1 GOLF MAGAZINE HKGOLFER.COM JUNE 2016 ISSUE 112 $50 + SENIORS CLOSE IN REVIEW PLUS: THE TRAGIC TALE OF AMERICA'S FIRST US OPEN CHAMPION LI HAOTONG INTERVIEW WITH CHINA'S NEW #1 DISPLAY UNTIL 15 JUL

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| CONTENTS HK Golfer Issue 112 J une 2016 46 On the Cover: Li Haotong became China's top-ranked player following victory at last month's Volvo China Open in Beijing. Photo by Getty Images Features 40 | Tour Insider This four-time European Tour champion explains why rhythm is such a crucial ingredient for good golf, on both full shots and putts. By Raphael Jacquelin Plus… 20 | In Focus A pictorial review of the last 30 days – locally and globally. By The Editors 46 | HK Seniors Close Amateur Doug Williams overcame a bizarre final-round incident to notch his seventh consecutive Hong Kong senior title. By Alex Jenkins 25 | Tee Time Rolex has raised the bar with three of its newest releases – the Yacht-Master, the Pearlmaster 39 and the Air-King. By The Editors 56 | Golf in the Middle Kingdom The European Tour’s China chief says golf will only keep growing, but is he right? We take a look at the current state of golf across the border. By Alex Jenkins 32 | Liquid Assets O u r w h i sk y e d it or r a i s e s h i s g l a s s t o t wo outstanding new expressions from the “Whisky Capital of the World”. By John Bruce 62 | China’s Champion With his win at the Volvo China Open, 20-year-old Li Haotong earned his European Tour card, became his country’s highest-ranked player and all but sealed his berth at the Rio Olympics. Interview by the Editors 36 | Saxo Capital Markets Saxo Bank Group’s chief economist quotes on the state of the land in today’s financial markets. By The Editors 52 | MercedesTrophy Hong Kong A round-up of the action from the eighth edition of the event. By The Editors 64 | Johnny McDermott A two-time US Open winner, this is the tragic tale of a shamefully forgotten legend of the game. By Dr Milton Wayne 76 | Crossword This issue: it’s US Open time! By Dr Milton Wayne 74 | Golf Travel News Daniel Wong 82 10 HK GOLFER・JUN 2016 The championship course at Turnberry is re-opening this month following a significant remodelling by architects Mackenzie & Ebert. By Alex Jenkins 78 | Final Shot With HKGA Chairman of Rules Dr Brian Choa. Interview by Alex Jenkins HKGOLFER.COM

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HK Golfer Editor: Alex Jenkins email: alex.jenkins@hkgolfer.com Contributing Editors: Dr Milton Wayne, Faye Glasgow, John Bruce, Nathan Goulding, Keith McLaren, Paul Jansen, Evan Rast, Lucy Jenkins, Robin Lynam. Art Director: Derek Hannah Photo Editor: Daniel Wong Online Editor:: Patrick Skinner Administration Manager Cindy Kwok Publisher: Charles McLaughlin Published by: THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE HONG KONG GOLF ASSOCIATION JUN 2016 • Issue 112 TIMES INTERNATIONAL CREATION 78 D E PA R T M E N T S 14 Mailbag 16 Divots 20 Local Focus 22 Global Focus 25 Clubhouse 44 Around the HKGA 48 HKGA News Times International Creation Limited 10A Lockhart Centre 301-307 Lockhart Road Hong Kong Phone: +852 3590-4153 Fax: +852 3590-4533 In association with: www.thymedesign.hk Advertising: For advertising information, please contact: ads@hkgolfer.com For purchasing information contact: sales@hkgolfer.com For subscription information contact: subs@hkgolfer.com Hong Kong Golf Association Suite 2003, Olympic House 1 Stadium Path, So Kon Po Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Phone (General): +852 2504-8659 Fax: +852 2845-1553 Phone (Handicaps): +852 2504-8197 Fax: +852 2504-8198 Email: info@hkga.com handicaps@hkga.com David Cannon / Trump Turnberry HK GOLFER is published by Times International Creation, 10A Lockhart Centre, 301-307 Lockhart Road, Hong Kong. HK GOLFER is published monthly © 2016 by Times International Creation. Published in Hong Kong. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is strictly prohibited. PRINTED IN HONG KONG. 12 HK GOLFER・JUN 2016 HKGOLFER.COM

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HK Golfer Mailbag Adam Scott's career will be defined by how many Majors he wins, not whether he wins an Olympic medal, writes one reader Don’t Blame Scott Et Al Is it really any surprise that Major champions Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have ruled themselves out of playing in the Rio Olympics? After all, why would a multi-millionaire golfer want to travel to a Zika virus-infected part of the world to compete in yet another 72-hole stroke play tournament for little in the way of financial reward? Yes, there are medals at stake, but let’s face it: an Olympic medal, even a gold one, hardly compares to a Green Jacket or a Claret Jug. Golf’s most glittering prizes are already well established. The Majors have the history and, by virtue of the fact that they feature the strongest fields, the prestige. I’m not saying that golf shouldn’t be included in the Olympics. Its inclusion has helped drive interest and financial support for the game in many countries. But we shouldn’t castigate those We Want to Hear from You! Have something to say about an article in HK Golfer or a topic affecting golf in our area? Send your thoughts and comments to letters@hkgolfer. com. Please also include your address, contact number, email and HKGA #. The winner of the best letter (the first one that appears on the page) will receive a bottle of Champagne Deutz courtesy of Montrose Fine Wines. AFP players who choose not to participate. Their careers will be defined by the Majors they win, not by number of Olympic medals they earn. Name and address withheld Overseas Experience Helped Li Like many, I was hugely impressed with Li Haotong’s performance in winning the Volvo China Open last month. Aged only 21, Li became the second Chinese player in succession (after Wu Ashun’s victory of a year ago) to claim his national open. While Wu’s victory was something of a surprise, the same cannot be said of Li, who has put in a number of eye-catching performances in recent times, including a runner-up result to Kiradech Aphibarnrat at the 2015 Shenzhen International, a European Tour event. Li won the PGA Tour China Series in 2014 which qualified him to play on the Web.com Tour, the second-tier circuit (behind the PGA Tour) in the United States. Li became the first Chinese male professional to base himself outside of China, and this experience has undoubtedly helped him. Playing in different conditions than you’re used to, against other players you wouldn’t normally come up against, can only be of benefit to a golfer’s development and I hope that more Chinese pros take a leaf out of Li’s book and are able to follow the same route. Simon Lee Braemar Hill 14 HK GOLFER・JUN 2016 HKGOLFER.COM

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