Asian Tour stars bound for #SingOpen

Sat 23 Jan 2016

Asian Tour stars bound for #SingOpen

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Sentosa, Singapore, January 23: The best players from the Asian Tour which includes four Order of Merit champions, will head to the Lion City for the SMBC Singapore Open which tees off next week.
Liang Wen-chong of China Liang Wen-chong of China
Making a welcome return after a three-year absence, the Singapore showpiece will be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
It will be played at the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, which is also the home of the Asian Tour.
Spearheading the Asian Tour challenge are merit winners Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Philippines’ Juvic Pagunsan, China’s Liang Wen-chong and India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, who won the 2008 edition.
No fewer than 20 Asian Tour winners including Malaysia’s Danny Chia, Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang, India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and Philippines Angelo Que are expected to put up a stiff challenge against the strongest players from JGTO and across the globe.
Multiple winner Shingo Katayama and Korea’s K.T. Kim, who triumphed five times during an extraordinary 2015 season on the JGTO are also among the genuine contenders for the iconic Singapore showpiece.
World number one Jordan Spieth of the United States and Major winners including Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke will also attempt to stake their claim on the SMBC Singapore Open title.
Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand
Singh, a two-time Asia number one, returns to one of his favourite hunting ground at Sentosa Golf Club where his victory in 2008 set him on his way towards clinching the prestigious merit title then.
The Indian, who recently captained Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup last week, is also one of Asia’s most decorated and global players, having won six times on the Asian Tour and multiple times in Japan and Europe.
“Singapore has always been one of my favourite stops. I’ve many happy memories there and of course, winning the Singapore Open title in 2008 was definitely very special. I look forward to playing well there again,” said Singh.
Pagunsan will also be looking to settle some old scores at the SMBC Singapore Open after having to settle for second place at the 2011 edition when he lost in a Monday play-off.
Despite his defeat, the Filipino managed to pick up one of his biggest career prize money wins and also the coveted Order of Merit crown in 2011, which made his the first player from the Philippines to achieve that feat.
The SMBC Singapore Open will feature the top 60 players from the Asian Tour, top 60 from the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (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), 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.