Manila, November 13: Sweden’s Daniel Chopra and local stars Angelo Que and Miguel Tabuena want to show support for the Filipinos by being part of the action at the inaugural US$750,000 Resorts World Manila Masters which tees off at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
Chopra, who earned his breakthrough in Asia when he won the Johor Open in Malaysia in 1993 and is a two-time PGA Tour winner, is among the strong line-up of players who have rallied together, determined to help victims who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
“I’ve always wanted to play at Manila Southwoods again and furthermore, I thought the Philippines needs help right now. It was an easy decision for me to make between playing here or back on the PGA Tour in Mexico. We’ve got the Red Cross here this week so hopefully some of the players here can provide some sort of support financially to help the victims,” said Chopra, who is born to a Swedish mother and Indian father.
While he is now focused on his career in the United States, Chopra is looking forward to his return to the region’s premier Tour which has brought him much success.
“It has been years since I last played at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club. Whenever I get asked by the media which are the top five golf courses on my list, Manila Southwoods will always be part of that list. I played well here before and I’m really excited to be back here again,” said the 39-year-old, who has enjoyed a total of 14 victories including the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in 2001.
Three-time Asian Tour winner Que believes his country’s steely resolve in getting back to its feet will be demonstrated through the action shown by his fellow players on the Asian Tour.
“It is always nice to play at home. The Manila Southwoods is my home course and I’ve been playing here for years. I’m really excited about this event,” said Que.
“Unfortunately, the typhoon has to happen but we’re all good to help. I think it’s a good thing that all players get together and help out,” added Que.
While only 19 years old, local hopeful Tabuena is showing maturity beyond his years by promising to put up a strong showing dedicated to typhoon victims instead of his playing for his own personal glory.
“It’s really been heartbreaking to watch the news on the typhoon the last few days. You never realize how lucky and blessed you are to live under a proper roof and having food to eat until something like this happened,” said Tabuena.
“I’ve been stressing about playing good enough to keep my card for the past few weeks but this week, I want to play for God, myself and people who have lost everything in the disaster. It gives me more motivation to play well as it’s something bigger to play for,” added Tabuena, who plans to donate part of his winnings to the typhoon victims.
Philippines Red Cross has meanwhile mobilized teams on the ground to help with rescue and relief efforts.
“This is the worst typhoon that we’ve experienced in the country so far. It has affected many provinces and cities. We’re looking into supporting the victims with food, water, shelter and medical help. People can help the victims by making donations. We have a list of options on how they can make donations on our online portal, http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate,” said Gwendolyn Pang, Secretary General of the Philippine Red Cross.
The Asian Tour along with its partners, Resorts World Manila and Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club have also pledged to support the Philippine Red Cross directly in their efforts to provide aid and assistance to alleviate the human suffering after Typhoon Haiyan passed through the central and southern Philippines last week.
“The people in this country are resilient and they have shown countless times that they are able to bounce back stronger. Through this tournament, we want to show that the Filipinos are survivors and we’ll get back on our feet quickly,” said Stephen Reilly, Chief Operating Officer, Resorts World Manila.
“The Asian Tour has a close affinity with the Philippines through our long history of supporting the game of golf in the nation. We feel for the people affected by this unfortunate tragedy and hope that through the staging of this tournament and through our support of aid and relief programmes, we will be able to help in whatever way possible,” said Mike Kerr, Chief Executive Officer, Asian Tour.
About the Resorts World Manila Masters
A new era will beckon for professional golf in the Philippines when the Resorts World Manila Masters makes its debut on the Asian Tour. The newest US$750,000 event will be held at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club from November 14 to 17, 2013 with all four rounds beamed live on the Asian Tour’s global television platform that reaches over 200 countries and 650 million homes.
By signing a landmark five-year agreement with the Asian Tour, Resorts World Manila Masters will not only expose local athletes to the highest level of competition, but will also put the Philippines on the international golfing radar.
The Resorts World Manila Masters also marks yet another step in Resorts World Manila’s efforts to champion Filipino talent, not only in entertainment and the arts, but also in terms of sports as it supports and develops local athletes for international success.
The Resorts World Manila Masters is title sponsored by Resorts World Manila with the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club as the official host venue. Other sponsors include Nike Golf, BMW, Sony, Asia Brewery, Canon, PLDT, Remington Hotel, Marriott Manila and media partner, Business Mirror.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.