Golf: Major winners Darren Clarke and Yang Yong Eun to play in 2016 Singapore Open

Darren Clarke poses with the Claret Jug trophy, Oc 20, 2015.
Darren Clarke poses with the Claret Jug trophy, Oc 20, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Major champions Darren Clarke and Yang Yong Eun have confirmed their participation in next January's SMBC Singapore Open, which will be headlined by world No. 1 Jordan Spieth.

Clarke, 47, famously triumphed at the 2011 British Open at Royal St George's and has notched 22 victories worldwide in a 25-year career.

Meanwhile, Yang, 43, became the first male Asian to capture a Major thanks to his win at the 2009 PGA Championship, beating Tiger Woods in the process.

Said Northern Ireland's Clarke: "I am excited about returning to the Singapore Open which has a wonderful history with great champions.

"I have played the Singapore Open a number of times and the Serapong Course is a great test of golf, you really need to be on your game around there.

"Jordan Spieth set the bar with his performances this year and it will be good to take him on at the SMBC Singapore Open."

The Jan 28-31 Open will be held at the Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course. The annual tournament was last played in 2012 before then-title sponsors Barclays ended its partnership.

The US$1 million (S$1.4 million) event is jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation.

It is a full-field event that will feature the top-60 players from both Tours, plus several top-50 ranked players and leading local professionals and amateurs.

South Korean Yang finished 10th at the Singapore Open when it was last played in 2012 and was eager for another crack at the title.

"The Singapore Open is a great tournament and it is good to see it back on the schedule," said Yang, whose last victory was the Kolon Korea Open in 2010.

"Sentosa Golf Club is a fantastic venue and I am expecting big crowds for the tournament."