Region's stars light up #WorldClassic C'ship

Tue 10 Nov 2015

Region's stars light up #WorldClassic C'ship

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Singapore, November 10: Newly-inducted Asian Tour winner Chiragh Kumar of India celebrated Deepavali- the festival of lights- by declaring his intentions to win his second straight Tour title at the inaugural World Classic Championship which starts on Thursday.
Chiragh Kumar of India Chiragh Kumar of India
Kumar will be part of the strong 144-man field where no fewer than 35 Asian Tour winners, including four Order of Merit champions, will be in action at the Singapore showpiece.
The Indian broke into the winner’s circle for the first time in New Delhi last week and is looking forward to producing similar heroics away from home at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club where the US$750,000 event is taking place.
“It was pretty heartbreaking to lose my card last year so that victory was a big confidence booster as I know that I can go out there, compete with the best and win,” said Kumar.
The challenging World Classic course, touted as Asia’s toughest test, will provide Kumar with the stiffest test and it is one which he will be playing with caution.
“The course is very different. It is set up in a way where you can make some really big numbers. So you got to be really careful.
“You can hit some really good shots and still not be fully rewarded.  So it’ll be an interesting and one really has to be smart and sharp out there,” said Kumar.
Compatriot S.S.P. Chawrasia, a three-time Asian Tour winner, will also be searching for his first Asian Tour victory away from home.
Chawrasia’s three wins on the region’s premier Tour have all come at home but with a rich vein of form which has seen him notched three top-10s this year, the Indian is hoping he can be duly rewarded this week.
“My wife’s here with me this week and we’ll be having our own small celebration in Singapore. Turning to golf, I think it’s going to be a very fun week as the greens are very tough.AK1_7814
“But having said that, I’m playing well and anything can happen. We’ll see on Sunday,” said Chawrasia, ranked fourth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Local favourite, Mardan Mamat, whom Kumar has singled out as the man to beat this week, returns to familiar ground where he will be best remembered for his famous victory at the 2006 Singapore Masters.
While hoping for lady luck to shine on him, Mardan, who has already won his fifth Asian Tour title in Bangladesh this year, is also hoping to put his local knowledge to good use as he chases another grandstand finish at home.
“You got to be lucky. You got to know the pin positions well. Even if you manage to hit a good shot onto the greens, you might not even be rewarded.
“So hopefully things come my win and I can up there during the weekend. You can never tell on this course,” said Mardan.
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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, 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 at a yardage of 7,350.
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.
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.