Held at Sentosa Golf Club from January 17-20, the Serapong Course is ready to put professionals to the test for the SMBC Singapore Open.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Singapore Open will be jointly-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation. It will be the opening event of the season on both circuits. Also, for the third successive year, the US$1 million (S$1.37m) tournament will be part of The Open Qualifying Series.
Playing at the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club which is the event’s traditional home since 2005, American golfer Davis Love III will be joining the event this year. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017, Love will play alongside defending champion Sergio Garcia and other past-year champions.
“I have played golf all over the world and so I am really excited to have the opportunity to play a tournament in Singapore, where I have not been before,” said Love. “I have heard a lot about the tournament and most of the world’s best players have competed there so it’s going to be a great way for me to start 2019.”
Sergio Garcia said, “It’s great to see the youngsters coming out and doing well, but I’m still hungry, still put in the practice, still try hard out there.” The Spaniard won the event last year by five strokes.
Ryo Ishikawa is also making his return to Singapore after finishing joint-16th in the 2018 edition.
The event had its up and downs in the past, in which certain seasons were missed due to a lack of participation and sponsorship. Canceling in 2001 for four years and 2013 for another three years, the event’s continuation was finally stabilized with co-sanctions, Sumitomo Mitsui Bank as its title sponsor and a US$1 million purse.
“The SMBC Singapore Open has been a key tournament in Asia for our Open Qualifying Series. It first became part of the series in 2017 and the R&A are thrilled that it will once again be part of the schedule next year (2019),” said Dominic Wall, Director Asia Pacific, The R&A.
The event will start from 17 to 20 January and tickets can be purchased online through the ticketing partner APACTix at https://www.apactix.com/events/detail/smbc-singapore-open-2019.
Children below the age of 12 can watch for free – a move aimed at encouraging more juniors to come and watch the golf event. Hospitality tickets are also on sale online, but only a limited quantity are available.Leave a comment