Asia's Grandest Stage Is Set

Asia's Grandest Stage Is Set

Posted on December 02, 2015

Players arrive in style to kick off the Ho Tram Open

Vietnam (Wednesday, December 2, 2015) - The world's best golfers have teed up Vietnam's richest sports event by arriving at the inaugural Ho Tram Open golf tournament in unique style.

The spectacle commenced with a black-tie formal dinner last night an affair more akin to a Hollywood awards ceremony with a full complement of dignitaries, sponsors and Asian Tour officials.

Some of the most recognizable names in golf, including world No. 12 Sergio Garcia, made memorable entrances as Asia's Grandest Stage opened its doors.

Garcia touched down by helicopter, already donned in his tuxedo, promoting a look the Ho Tram Open has become synonymous with.

The Spaniard was also treated to a bird's-eye view of the Greg Norman-designed The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, around which he will be pitting his wits against when he and 131 other players tee it up tomorrow in Round 1.

Dapper Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke took to the road, enjoying the comfort of a BMW X6, cruising down the beachfront strip - with the Ryder Cup in hand - to arrive at The Grand Ho Tram casino resort.

Robert Rock, the global ambassador for the host venue, had a far easier journey, enjoying the spoils of The Gallery Villas, the latest real-estate addition at The Ho Tram Strip.

The Englishman enjoyed a cup of tea overlooking the 8th hole and The Grand before joining his fellow players for the evening's festivities.

Ryder Cup star Thomas Bjorn and former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy took some oceanfront time out, relaxing by the pool and on the beach.

Joining the world's best golfers was Brian McFadden, whose arrival was greeted by a horde of photographers and fans, eager for a glimpse of the former Westlife frontman.

The global superstar opened the Gala Dinner with a performance of his hit single "Real to Me," which was accompanied by a James Bond-esque trailer for the event.

The Ho Tram Open has adopted the tag line 'Where Golf Meet Entertainment' and the players' reactions on seeing the schedule said it all.

"I am not sure I can think of a championship that has had so much going on," said Darren Clarke. "Gala Dinners, concerts, Fight Nights, pool parties - it is going to be a great week for all."

The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip Ambassador Robert Rock added, "I knew it was going to be a special week having chatted with the team about what their plans were, but this is off the charts."

For more information or to download free tickets, visit www.hotramopen.com.

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