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Rose is battling fitness ahead of HK defense 12-07-2016
Justin Rose
Justin Rose admits his preparations for this week's UBS Hong Kong Open aren't ideal but he remains committed to put up a strong defense of the title he won last year.

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Rose had nearly two months off after the Ryder Cup to try and resolve a back issue but it flared up again on his return in last week's Hero World Challenge, forcing him to withdraw after round one. "I've done everything I can the last few days to do everything I can to defend here," he told europeantour.com. "I'm making good progress. The journey over here seemed to go well and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I've been working hard to be honest with you for seven weeks. I've been really excited about what I've seen in my game in practice. In terms of this week, it's not ideal to come in here slightly undercooked preparation-wise but I'm hoping that the fact that I've been diligent and careful the last few days is going to allow me to be competitive for all four days." Rose shot 17-under last year to win a final-day duel with Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard.
Hanson looking to cash in on Hong Kong trip 12-07-2016
Chris Hanson
Chris Hanson kicked off his 2017 European Tour campaign with T11 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa and now heads to the Far East to contest the UBS Hong Kong Open.

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It sounds like a good start but the Englishman, who just clung on to this card by a single spot last season, was T2 going into the final day before slipping nine spots with a closing 76. Finishing outside the top 10 in an event with a modest purse wins you little (18,580 Euro to be precise) so he'll be hunting a bigger cheque in Hong Kong. It's his first start at Fanling but he has teed it up in the region and done well. Hanson contested the Foshan Open on mainland China in both 2014 and 2015 and finished T12 and T6 respectively. He also placed third for greens in regulation at the Alfred Dunhill and a repeat of that would be an ideal formula for success at Fanling.
Elvira starts season with trip to Hong Kongs 12-07-2016
Nacho Elvira finished 44th on last season's Race to Dubai and gets his 2017 campaign underway in this week's UBS Hong Kong Open.

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The Spaniard had only finished 214th and 121st in the previous two and his struggles looked set to continue when he opened the 2016 season with seven straight missed cuts. But he found a groove after that and posted six top 10s, two of those coming in his final four events of the season. This will be his third start at Fanling after T39 on debut in 2013 and T46 last year. Interestingly, he also has some other notable form in the region having won the Challenge Tour's 2013 Foshan Open in China and taken T8 in the Shenzhen International earlier this year.