Ernie Els of South Africa aims to kick-start a four-week Asian swing by winning the USD 1.3 million Hong Kong Open which starts on Thursday. The four-time Major champion will be making his first appearance in the 56th edition of the prestigious event at the Hong Kong Golf Club before heading to Macau, Malaysia and China.
Els forms part of the elite field at the Hong Kong Open alongside title holder Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, Asia's first Major champion Y.E. Yang of Korea and current Asian Tour number one David Lipsky of the United States.
Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, Anirban Lahiri of India, Prom Meesawat of Thailand, who finished second last year and Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium will also feature in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.