International cast set for #WorldClassic Championship

Wed 04 Nov 2015

International cast set for #WorldClassic Championship

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Singapore, November 4: An eclectic mix of players from over 23 countries will feature in the inaugural World Classic Championship which gets underway at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club next week.
The Asian Tour’s only stop in Singapore this season will see an elite 144-man field battle it out for a share of the US$750,000 prize fund on the challenging World Classic course, also known as Asia’s Toughest Test, from November 12 to 15.
No fewer than 35 Asian Tour winners, including four Order of Merit champions, will headline the Singapore tournament which television highlights will be beamed around the world by Asian Tour Media.
Reigning Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States has entered for the World Classic Championship along with Australian Scott Hend, who is ranked second on the current Order of Merit, and Thai veteran star Thaworn Wiratchant, who holds an unprecedented 18 victories on the region’s premier Tour.
Mardan Mamat of Singapore Mardan Mamat of Singapore
India’s S.S.P Chawrasia, Canadian Richard T. Lee, American Paul Peterson and Malaysia’s Danny Chia, all placed inside top-10 on the Merit list, will face off against a strong local challenge spearheaded by Mardan Mamat, who claimed his fifth Asian Tour victory in Bangladesh in May.
Chawrasia, ranked fourth on the money list, is looking forward to the World Classic Championship. “We played at Laguna last year and I had a look at the course. It looks very tricky. Everybody say it is very challenging. You need to know the course very well and it is one of a kind but everyone is playing on the same course,” he said.
The three-time Asian Tour winner will have the company of his wife when he visits the Lion City.
“I’ve done well this year as you can see from my position on the Order of Merit but it doesn’t change anything. In fact, I think it will be more exciting for me to be one of the highest ranked players in the field. My wife will be with me. I’ll play golf and she will go shopping! It will be good fun,” said the 37-year-old Indian.
Arie Irawan of Malaysia Arie Irawan of Malaysia
Malaysia’s Arie Irawan, who graduated from the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last year, is also looking forward to taking on the World Classic course.
“I like the golf course. It challenges you and it is a lot of fun. You definitely put more focus into your shots because the golf course looks very intimidating. You have to hit a good shot or you will be asking for trouble,” he said.
“I've played on the course before and I remember shooting seven birdies on the back nine. Course knowledge is very important on this course. Some of the greens are very big greens so you need to know where to hit it,” added the 25-year-old Malaysian.
Also in the fray are Asian Tour honorary member and Indian veteran Jeev Milkha Singh, who will captain Team Asia in the upcoming EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM next January, Korea’s Charlie Wi, a former PGA Tour member and a seven-time winner on the Asian Tour, as well as Indian duo Rashid Khan and Gaganjeet Bhullar.
About Laguna National Golf & Country Club
A prominent golf club in the local and regional golf scene since its inauguration in 1993, Laguna National is one of Singapore’s premier golf and country clubs, boasting two eighteen-hole championship courses that have won prestigious accolades and hosted international championships including the European Tour’s Singapore Masters, Korean LPGA-ADT Caps Tour Championship and European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event, The Championship at Laguna National.
A multi-million dollar facelift is underway to develop a state-of-the-art union of a world-class golf club and a 208-room and villa branded hotel with full facilities including a spa, a driving range, a fitness centre, as well as Member-exclusive areas with private locker rooms, Members’ lounges and country club facilities.
Strategically located in proximity to the airport, beach, malls and with a multimillion private clubhouse and hotel underway, golfers will find the world at their fingertips, here at Laguna National Golf & Country Club.
About The World Classic Course
Designed and built by Dye Designs, World Classic—touted as Asia’s Toughest Test, draws inspiration from many of the world's best known holes and course designs. Golfers will inevitably find themselves facing similar shots to those played on the famous links courses of the British Isles, or the championship layouts found along coastal North America. The course is rated 165 on the Slope Rating System and 76.9 from the championship tees.
This course offers different challenges every time out requiring golfers to exhibit carefully planned club selection and determine if the risk/ reward is right for their game that day. Thoughtfully placed tee shots set up highly challenging approach angles to generous greens, which often feature three or more tiers. Where you hit your ball on the World Classic greens is just as important as how far you hit your tee shot.
We hope you will enjoy Asia's Toughest Test of golf at the World Classic Championship at Laguna National!
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.