Ambitious An trains sights on #SingOpen

Tue 22 Dec 2015

Ambitious An trains sights on #SingOpen

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Singapore, December 22: Korea’s Byeonghun An, one of the most exciting prospects in world golf, will compete in the SMBC Singapore Open early next year as he looks to build on a tremendous rookie season.
Popularly known as Ben An, the world number 28 was named the Rookie of the Year on the European Tour in 2015 after a fantastic maiden campaign that included victory in the prestigious BMW PGA Championship.
The talented 24-year-old will take on world number one Jordan Spieth, Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke, Y.E Yang from Korea and an all-star cast from the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) in the SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club from January 28 to 31, 2016.
“I have heard a lot about the Singapore Open from fellow players and cannot wait to play the tournament,” said An.
“It was a memorable year for me in 2015 - I was fortunate enough to play some good golf and achieve some great results and I hope to start the new season in a similar vein.
“The competition for the SMBC Singapore Open title will be fierce with a lot of great players in the field. Any time Jordan Spieth is in the lineup, there is a special buzz about the tournament.”
An made an instant impact in his debut season on the European Tour by lifting the prestigious BMW PGA Championship title at Wentworth in May with a record winning score of 21 under par.
Top-four finishes in three of the four Final Series events saw An finish in seventh place in The 2015 Race to Dubai earning himself the coveted Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award. He was also named the Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year.
On a foray into Asia earlier this month, An was tied fourth with Sergio Garcia in the Thailand Golf Championship at Amata Spring Country Club.
An will also feature in next month’s EurAsia Cup in Malaysia as one of the 12 members for Team Asia.
The US-based Korean first rose to prominence in 2009 when he became the youngest winner of the US Amateur Championship at the age of 17.
The SMBC Singapore Open, which is returning to the schedule after a three-year absence, will feature the top 60 from the Asian Tour, top 60 from the JGTO, leading Singapore professionals and amateurs and invites including players from the top 50 in the world.
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About the Singapore Golf Association
The Singapore Golf Association was registered on 5 October 1961 with the objective of encouraging and promoting the game of golf in Singapore. From a small association of golf clubs, SGA has grown to its present size comprising 13 Ordinary Members, 10 Associate Members and 5 Affiliate Members.  Its constitution was amended in 2001 to enable golf clubs without real estate to join SGA as Associate Members. This allowed the general golfing public to obtain and maintain a golf handicap without having to be members of golf and country clubs.  In 2010, the constitution was again amended to accept Affiliate Members which are any body, society, organisation or commercial entity committed to furthering the interest of the sport of golf to join SGA. SGA is a member of the International Golf Federation, Asia Pacific Golf Confederation and ASEAN Golf Federation.  As the governing body of golf, it is also an Affiliate Member of the Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore National Olympic Council.
About the Japan Golf Tour Organization
Originally founded in 1999, the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO) is the governing body for professional golf tournaments in Japan and aims to promote and develop golf throughout both Japan and the rest of the world. The JGTO is committed to partnering with new promoters and sponsors to develop more opportunities for their members to play and increase golfing standards.  As a member of the International Federation, official events on the Japan Golf Tour allow players to earn World Ranking points, and success on the tour may support members to qualify for the majors and WGC tournaments.
About the Asian Tour
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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
About Sentosa Golf Club
One of the most established golf clubs in Singapore, Sentosa Golf Club has more than 1,500 members, many of whom are prominent personalities from influential circles. It hosted Asia’s richest national tournament, the Singapore Open for eight years, where international star players and world-class golf professionals from Asia, Europe and the USA descended on its championship greens to putt for the generous prize purse. Offering more than just a good game of golf, the Club also has excellent meeting and banquet facilities for corporate networking as well as high-end dining options such as the quintessential Japanese cuisine at the Sushi Kondo Restaurant and Italian fare at the highly-acclaimed ilLido restaurant.