The Top Champions

Australian Sam Brazel defeated Ryder Cup star Rafa Cabrera Bello by just one shot in the 2016 UBS Hong Kong Open. The Hong Kong’s oldest professional sporting event has a habit of producing more than its fair share of memorable moments. With Masters champion Sergio Garcia making his debut in Hong Kong, the 2017 version will just get ever better

1959

The Inaugural Hong Kong Open staged with Taiwanese ace Lu Liang-huan taking the title, who was the head pro at Fanling at the time, won the prize fund of HK$2,000 stumped up by the South China Morning Post. He would later become known around the globe as “Mr Lu” because of his star performance at the 1971 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale where he finished second to Lee Trevino. The Taiwanese became the darling of the Open galleries thanks to his cheery demeanor and bright-blue pork pie hat. Lu would later repeat his Fanling success with victory at the 1974 Hong Kong Open, 15 years after his first victory.

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