Singapore Open to return to Asian Tour

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

The revitalised Singapore Open will return to the Asian Tour in September 2005 with a massive $2 million in prize money.

Singapore Open to return to Asian Tour

Singapore: After a gap of three years, the revitalised Singapore Open will return to the Asian Tour in September 2005 with a massive $2 million in prize money. The news was announced by Graham Bell, the chairman of the organising committee of the 2005 Singapore Open, at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on Monday. "Together with the Asian Tour and the Singapore Golf Association, we will look to eclipse previous Singapore Opens with a record prize money of $2 million," said Bell.Venue for the eventSentosa Golf Club will host the 2005 event from September 8 to 11 and will remain the venue for the next few years, according to the organising committee. The $2 million US dollars in prize money will make the Singapore Open the richest national Open in Asia. The popular Johnnie Walker Classic also carries a prize money of $2 million, while the Dubai Desert Classic, with a prize money of up to $2.2 million is the richest golf tournament in Asia. Dream come true For players like Mardan Mamat, Singapore's number one golfer who won his first ever tournament on Asian Tour only last year, playing in the re-launched Singapore Open will be a dream come true. Despite many co-sanctioned events with more than a million US dollars in prize money, Asian golfers have been demanding more tournaments with bigger purse for the Asian Tour. Asian players While the $2 million purse will excite the Asian players, organisers understand that a few of golf's biggest names will be required to support the new event. The Singapore Open was last contested in 2001, when Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant won the title. The Asian Tour players caught a glimpse of the winner's trophy on Monday and, come September, we will have a winner! (AP)

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