Kim up for challenge at #SingOpen

Wed 27 Jan 2016

Kim up for challenge at #SingOpen

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Sentosa, Singapore, January 27: Korea’s K.T. Kim will be looking to gain the upper hand over the rest of the elite field when the SMBC Singapore Open gets underway at the Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club on Thursday.
Kim will tee off alongside world number one Jordan Spieth of the United States as well as Japan’s Yusaku Miyazato in the opening two rounds at the iconic Singapore showpiece which is making a welcome return after a three-year absence.
The Korean enjoyed a phenomenal season on the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) in 2015 where he won on five occasions.
He also claimed the scalp of world number 34 Bernd Wiesberger at the recent EurAsia Cup, winning his singles match 3&2 and is looking to continue his good form at the Lion City this week.
“I’m up for a good challenge, especially playing with Jordan in the first two rounds. Competing against the world number one is always exciting. I’ll be watching how he putts as I know he’s very good with his short game. But I can also play some good golf,” said Kim.
Kim has already mapped out his strategy on how to tame the challenging 7,398 yards, par 71 course.
“I’m playing here for the fourth time. The rough is not as high and thick as before but the distance is longer now. So you need good distance control especially when playing against the wind,” said Kim.
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Major winner Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland, who is also part of the stellar field at the SMBC Singapore Open, also agreed with Kim’s assessment of the Serapong Course and is wary of the stiff challenge that lies ahead.
“As I am getting older, I don’t like to see tees going backwards but go forward. But the course is fantastic.
“There are also some holes which can be very challenging. You can take a bit of a gamble if you want, but you’ll be in trouble if you get it wrong,” said the 47-year-old.
Besides the course, the globetrotting Clarke is also hoping to combat jetlag which is proving to be another challenge for the 2011 Open Championship winner.
“It’s never easy you know. I thought I would have come up with some system for jetlag considering I’ve been doing this for so long. But I still wake up in the middle of the night like everybody else. When I went back after Malaysia (EurAsia Cup), I was home for three days and then I was off to America.
“But there are lots of fans in Asia and I always enjoy being in Asia, so it’s always good to come back. Also, there are some of the best courses in this part of the world too,” said Clarke.
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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.