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Former winners Brazel and Hend tackle Hong Kong Open

Brazel following his win last year (Photo: Asian Tour)
The UBS Hong Kong Open begins the 2018 European Tour season when that event begins on Thursday at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling in China.

The US$2 million event is the first of fifty European Tour events between now and the end of 2018 with seven Australians scheduled to tee it up as the look to get their new season underway.

Sam Brazel, Scott Hend, Marcus Fraser, Wade Ormsby, Scott Barr, Todd Sinnott and Terry Pilkadaris are those Australians with Brazel looking to defend the title he won last year.

Brazel defeated Rafa Cabrerara Bello twelve months ago and Scott Hend won in 2014 in a playoff and although both Brazel and Hend are below that level at present they could well reverse their recent form.

"It’s great to be back and the course is in fantastic condition," said Brazel. "It was a massive career change for me as that win allowed me to play in Europe and so many stunning golf courses around the world.

"It gave me the opportunity to reach some of my goals which include playing full-time on some of the major tours. I’ll go out there and give it my best this week. It’s great to see guys like Justin and Sergio coming out to support an event like this.

"Players of their calibre will always draw the crowd and that’s what we like to see. I cannot control what they are going to do and they cannot control what I can do. So I’ll just try to enjoy my golf this week and soak in the memories from last year."

Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose headline the field, Rose the winner in 2015 and Garcia playing the event for the first occasion.

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