Arie qualifies for CIMB Classic

Sun 25 Oct 2015

Arie qualifies for CIMB Classic

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Kuala Lumpur, October 25: Malaysia’s second highest world-ranked golfer Arie Irawan has been accorded a spot at the CIMB Classic following Danny Chia’s qualification through the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
The 25-year-old Arie will make his debut at the US$7 million PGA TOUR FedExCup event which begins on Thursday at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. Arie is the only player to win twice on the Asian Development Tour this season claiming his breakthrough victory at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship earlier in January followed by ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational in April.
Chia previously held the exemption as the highest ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Ranking as aof September 30. However, a victory at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters and a T8 at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC in Chinese Taipei earlier this month moved him into the top-10 of the Asian Tour's Order of Merit, through which he will now qualify for the CIMB Classic.
Arie commented, “It is an honour and I am blessed to be given the exemption to play at the CIMB Classic, my first PGA TOUR tournament and it is indeed one of the highlights of my career. This will be a whole new experience especially competing amongst the world’s top best golfers and I hope to play at my best.”
Also debuting at the CIMB Classic is Ben Leong, who earned his spot by winning the SapuraKencana National Qualifier in August. The Malaysian trio will face-off against international stars that include 2013 FedExCup champion Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els.
“We are proud that for the first time, the CIMB Classic will feature three Malaysian players," said Effendy Shahul Hamid, CEO, Group Asset Management and Investments of CIMB Group.
"The CIMB Classic brings to the table some of the highest standards of professional golf.
I am delighted to see home-grown players rising up to the standards, as a result of a lot of hard work and determination in their game. We wish all the best to Arie, Ben and Danny who will be carrying the Malaysian flag and pride this week," he added.
About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately USD 12.4 billion as at 30 June 2015 and over 44,000 employees located in 17 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $134 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR’s all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
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.