The race was sponsored by The European Tour for the first time during its traditional night at the races in Hong Kong, where players, their families, sponsors and officials gather for an informal evening on the eve of the UBS Hong Kong Open.
The European Tour Golf Cup was won by Super Plus, with Young Turbo a close second, followed by Prosperous in third place.
After the race, Olazábal – who also paraded The Ryder Cup Trophy at Happy Valley – Harrington and Rose presented the winner’s and runner-up trophies to the respective Trainers, Jockeys and Stewards, including Brian Stevenson, Chairman of Hong Kong Jockey Club.
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About the UBS Hong Kong Open
The Hong Kong Open is Hong Kong’s oldest professional sporting event. Beginning in 1959, the Hong Kong Open has a rich history of winners including nine different Major Champions who have amassed 25 Major titles between them. UBS, the diversified global financial services company, has been title sponsor of the event since 2005 during which time it has overseen a substantial rise in the tournament’s prize money. Under the stewardship of UBS, the total prize fund has increased every year from US$1.2 million in the 2006 season to the US$2.75 million figure which was on offer at the Fanling venue in December.
The UBS Hong Kong Open is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and the Hong Kong Golf Association.
About the Mega Events Fund
This year, the UBS Hong Kong Open is supported by the Mega Events Fund of the Hong Kong SAR Government. The Mega Events Fund was set up in 2009 to support more mega arts, cultural and sports events to be staged in Hong Kong.
UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. We combine our wealth management, investment banking and asset management businesses with our Swiss operations to deliver superior financial solutions.
UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in over 50 countries, with about 37% of its employees working in the Americas, 37% in Switzerland, 16% in the rest of Europe and 10% in Asia Pacific. UBS employs about 66,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
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1. (from left to right) Justin Rose of England, Padraig Harrington of Ireland, Brian Stevenson, Chairman of Hong Kong Jockey Club and Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain with the Ryder Cup at the Happy Valley horse racing circuit prior to the start of the UBS Hong Kong Open at The Hong Kong Golf Club on November 30, 2011 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
2. (from right to left) Brian Stevenson, Chairman of Hong Kong Jockey Club, Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose and Ryder Cup Captain Jose Maria Olazabal present the prizes to the winner and runners up of The European Tour Golf Cup horse race at the Happy Valley horse racing circuit prior to the start of the UBS Hong Kong Open