Philippine Masters to be played in 2018

Tue 29 Nov 2016

Philippine Masters to be played in 2018


November 28: The Philippine Masters is set to join the European Tour and Asian Tour Schedules in 2018 as a co-sanctioned tournament after the signing of a three-year deal which will take the tournament through to 2020. The new event will be promoted by Salvador Zamora’s Tranzen Group.

The event will mark the European Tour’s first visit to the Philippines since 1995, when American Fred Couples won the Johnnie Walker Classic at the Orchard Golf and Country Club.

It follows the announcement of the Strategic Alliance between the European Tour and Asian Tour last July, which officially ratified a partnership which had developed and grown since 1999, when the two tours co-sanctioned their first event, the Malaysian Open.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “The Philippine Masters further increases the playing opportunities for our members, and strengthens our Strategic Alliance with the Asian Tour.

“Salvador Zamora’s vision and support have been instrumental in bringing this new tournament to fruition, so we thank Mr Zamora for his interest and his desire to bring the European Tour back to the Philippines. We look forward to working together to grow this tournament in the coming years.”

Josh Burack, Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Tour, said: “The Asian Tour is delighted to welcome the Philippine Masters onto our schedule in early 2018.

“This new tournament will extend our long and successful association with professional golf in the country, and on behalf of our members I would like to offer our gratitude to Salvador Zamora for his generous contribution to the game. We will work closely with our Strategic Alliance partner, the European Tour, to ensure the event’s success for the benefit of the game in the Philippines, Asia and around the world.”

Mr Zamora said: “I am delighted to be hosting the European Tour here in the Philippines from 2018-2020. This will be a co-sanctioned event with the Asian Tour bringing some of the best players across Europe and Asia together and battling it out here in the Philippines.

“These are very exciting times for golf in the Philippines. My personal objective is to promote golf in the Philippines and to introduce the game to as many people as possible, with a special emphasis on the introduction of golf to children. Golf has been a major part of my life for many years and given me so much, so I now feel it is time for me to give back to golf.”

The tournament organisers will announce the full Philippine Masters tournament details, including the venue, dates and total prize fund on offer, at a later date.


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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.

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About The European Tour

The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2016, the European Tour International Schedule features 47 tournaments in 27 countries, all part of the Race to Dubai, the year-long competition which crowns the European Tour Number One at the end of the season, a title claimed in 2015 by Rory McIlroy for the third time.

Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 25 Members celebrate a total of 51 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed ten Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on Tour. The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which features 28 tournaments in 22 countries in 2016, and the Senior Tour, which features 13 tournaments in nine countries in 2016. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup. The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to over 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Emirates and Titleist as Official Partners.