David Puig, fifth in the first day of the Macau

Mito Pereira, with a scorecard of 64 strokes (six under par), sits in second place just one shot behind the leader, Chinese Hao-Tong Li, after the first round of the Macau International Series, part of the Asian Circuit

by Andrea Gussoni
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David Puig, fifth in the first day of the Macau
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Mito Pereira, with a scorecard of 64 strokes (six under par), sits in second place just one shot behind the leader, Chinese Hao-Tong Li, after the first round of the Macau International Series, part of the Asian Circuit.

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The Chilean, ranked 149th in the world and nearing his 29th birthday, recorded a first-round with seven birdies and one bogey.

He shares second place with American Pat Perez and Japanese Yuta Sugiura. Leading the pack is Chinese player Hao-Tong Li, with a score of 63 strokes, achieved through eight birdies and one bogey. The best-performing Spaniard is David Puig, with 65 strokes (six birdies, one bogey), tied for fifth place with Mexican Carlos Ortiz (seven birdies, two bogeys).

Among the other Spanish players, Carlos Pigem scored 68, Sergio García carded a 72, and Eugenio López-Chacarra finished with 74 strokes. Macau, also known as Macao is a city and special administrative region of China situated in the western Pearl River Delta by the South China Sea.

With a population of approximately 680,000 and covering an area of 32.9 km2 (12.7 sq mi), it holds the title of being the most densely populated region globally. Having been a Portuguese colony, Macau's territory was initially leased to Portugal by the Ming dynasty as a trading post in 1557.

Portugal paid an annual rent and administered the area under Chinese sovereignty until 1887. Eventually, Portugal acquired perpetual colonial rights through the Sino-Portuguese Treaty of Peking. The colony remained under Portuguese governance until 1999 when it was handed over to China.

Macau operates as a special administrative region of China, maintaining separate governance and economic systems from mainland China under the principle of "one country, two systems." The city boasts a distinctive blend of Portuguese and Chinese architecture in its historic center, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.

Originally consisting of sparsely populated coastal islands, Macau has evolved into a major resort city and a premier destination for gambling tourism, earning it the nickname "Las Vegas of the East." Its gambling industry is seven times larger than that of Las Vegas.

Macau also boasts one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, reaching US$43,770 in 2021, with a GDP per capita by purchasing power parity ranking among the highest globally. With a very high Human Development Index and the fourth-highest life expectancy globally, Macau is highly urbanized, with two-thirds of its total land area reclaimed from the sea.

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