Region's finest on show at The Championship

Sat 26 Apr 2014

Region's finest on show at The Championship

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Singapore, April 26: The Championship at Laguna National will welcome many of the region’s finest golfers when they tee up at the US$1.5 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour next week.
Asian Tour honorary member Jeev Milkha Singh of India will be looking to triumph again in the Lion City following his victory at the Singapore Open in 2008 while the crowd will get to watch EurAsia Cup stars Anirban Lahiri of India, Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman, Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Prayad Marksaeng in action.
The EurAsia Cup Team Asia heroes are best remembered for their gallant fightback against Team Europe after they battled to an epic 10-10 draw in the Ryder Cup style event in Malaysia last month.
The Championship has been staged in Korea since it made its debut in 2008 but will be played at the Masters Course at Laguna National from May 1-4 now.
Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and Australia’s Brett Rumford who won The Championship in 2012 and 2013 respectively will also be aiming to make their impression in Singapore having done likewise in Korea.
The Championship is Wiesberger’s third stop in the region after Malaysia and Indonesia. The Austrian is enjoying a good run especially with his tied-second finish at the Maybank Malaysian Open but remains cautious of his title challenge.
“The Asian players are doing really well nowadays and they are improving. I try to do my best every week but it feels good to know I’m in good form,” said Wiesberger.
The home nation will be spearheaded by Mardan Mamat, a three-time winner on the region’s premier Tour.
The 46-year-old veteran claimed his biggest victory when he won the 2006 Singapore Masters at the Masters Course at Laguna National and will be seeking to put an end to his two year winless streak on the region’s premier Tour.
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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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. 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 The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour’s innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2014 will feature a minimum of 48 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
 
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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 offering two eighteen-hole championship courses. A private Members’ Club, it also hosts corporate events through invitation and reference only, and offers food and beverage options as well as tennis facilities. Laguna National is elevating its game with a multi-million dollar facelift, which includes a full redesign and upgrade of the existing clubhouse. The construction of a branded boutique resort hotel is underway, with target completion at the end of 2015. Upon its launch, Laguna National will boast a state-of-the-art union of a world-class golf club, and 206-room and villa branded resort hotel with full facilities including a spa, a driving range, and a fitness center.
Over the years, Laguna National has won various local and international accolades. Its two eighteen-hole championship courses, namely World Classic and Masters Courses, have hosted Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Dougherty and Vijay Singh. The Masters Course served as home for the European Tour’s Singapore Masters from 2002 through 2007. The Club has since solidified its reputation further by receiving Tiger Woods on its World Classic Course for a private event during his maiden visit to Singapore in November 2011. In November 2012 Laguna National hosted the first ever overseas Korean LPGA Tour event and the inaugural Prudential Causeway Trophy in June 2013. The Prudential Causeway Trophy continues its second edition at Laguna National’s World Classic Course in June 2014.
About The Masters Course
The award-winning Masters Course is best known for hosting world class golfers such as Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Dougherty and Vijay Singh. From 2002 through 2007, the Masters Course served as host of the European Tour’s Singapore Masters.
Ranked amongst the top courses in the world by Golf Digest International and Asian Golf Monthly, the Masters Course is characterised by a beautiful parkland landscape as it administers a stern test of golf. The Masters Course is over 7109 yards from the Championship Tees with a par of 72. The course rating is 74.0 and has a slope rating of 144.