Asian Tour moves from New Zealand to Macau

At the Macau Golf & Country Club, the spotlight will be on over twenty players from the LIV Golf, including Mexican Carlos Ortiz

by Andrea Gussoni
Asian Tour moves from New Zealand to Macau
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The Asian Tour moves from New Zealand to Macau for the fourth event on the 2024 calendar, the International Series Macau presented by Wynn (March 14-17), the second of the ten "elevated tournaments" of the circuit - following the International Series Oman - in which Stefano Mazzoli will participate.

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At the Macau Golf & Country Club, the spotlight will be on over twenty players from the LIV Golf, including Mexican Carlos Ortiz, the number one on the money list and winner in Oman, Spaniards Sergio Garcia, David Puig (winner of the Malaysian Open), and Eugenio Chacarra, Americans Patrick Reed, Jason Kokrak, Hudson Swafford, Pat Perez, Anthony Kim, Harold Varner III, and Andy Ogletree, Englishman Ian Poulter, Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell, Chilean Mito Pereira, and Colombian Sebastian Muñoz.

Naturally, they will be the favorites in light of their performance in Oman, where Ortiz was followed by six other Super League players in the top ten. However, there are numerous Asian Tour players who have the quality to challenge them, such as Australians Scott Hend, ranked 5th in the Order of Merit, and Maverick Antcliff, ranked 8th, who made a name for himself in 2019 by winning three tournaments and the money list on the China Tour and has had a strong start to the year.

Among others are Americans John Catlin and Sihwan Kim, Thais Jazz Janewattananond and Poom Saksansin, Filipinos Miguel Tabuena and Angelo Que, and Korean Bio Kim. Stefano Mazzoli is participating in his fourth event of the season after earning his card with an eighth-place finish at the Qualifying School final.

He has cashed in all three events so far (31st in Malaysia, 48th in Oman, and 58th in the previous New Zealand Open), certainly a solid start for a rookie. The prize money is $2,000,000 with the winner receiving $360,000. The rules of golf comprise a set of standard norms and procedures governing how the sport of golf should be played.

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