Singh wary of the 'Beast' #WorldClassic

Wed 11 Nov 2015

Singh wary of the 'Beast' #WorldClassic

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Singapore, November 11: India’s Jeev Milkha Singh is ready for his second triumph in Singapore but will have to get the better of the demanding course when the inaugural World Classic Championship at Laguna National starts on Thursday.
Jeev Milkha Singh of India Jeev Milkha Singh of India
Dubbed the ‘Beast’, the 6,935 yards par-71 World Classic course will provide the region’s best players with the sternest test as they vie for top honours at the US$750,000 event.
Singh, who will captain Team Asia in the 2016 EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM next January, has enjoyed fond memories of his time in Singapore. He won the Singapore Open in 2008 which also played an integral role in seeing him lift the prestigious Order of Merit title that year.
“I always enjoy coming to Singapore. It’s a beautiful country with each visit made even more special with my good results over the years here,” said Singh, a six-time Asian Tour winner.
Turning his attention to his title challenge at the World Classic Championship, the Asian Tour honorary member is planning to play a patient game when he tackles the demanding World Classic course.
“I think this is really a beast. You got to play some golf and depending on how the pins are set up this week, there’re not going to be many under-par scores this week.
‘So I think you got to be really patient and have good distance control around this golf course which can be very unforgiving,” said Singh.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, a two-time Asian Tour winner, shared Singh’s assessment of the course and agreed that patience would be the key to doing well this week.
“The course conditions are good but you got to have lots of patience. It will be a tough week for everyone including myself!
“I hope the tournament director will be kind enough to move the tees forward on some holes because there’s not going to be lots of spots where we can put the ball onto the green off the tees,” said Prom.
The Thai has enjoyed only one top-10 in Chinese Taipei this year but with his commitment to see out the rest of the year by playing on the Asian Tour, he is hoping to end it on a high note.
“I’m playing alright and I’m looking forward to a good finish like last year where I finished third on the Order of Merit,” said Prom.
Richard T Lee of Canada Richard T Lee of Canada
As the year comes to a close, Canada’s Richard T. Lee, who is second highest ranked Asian Tour player in the field this week, is determined to embark on a similar run like what he did at the start of the year.
He started the year strongly with top-five finishes in co-sanctioned tournaments with the European Tour in Malaysia and Thailand and has since earned over US$220,000 this season, almost as much as he earned in his first two seasons on the Asian Tour.
“I’m always trying to move forward and chase for that number one spot. I was really pleased that I got into some of the most high profile events on the Asian Tour recently.
I just didn’t putt well in those events but I’m looking forward to this week now. There’s going to be some high scores out there this week. This is definitely one of the most challenging courses in Asia,” said Lee.
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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.