Golf: Australia's Adam Scott to return for SMBC Singapore Open next year

Australian Adam Scott will make his much awaited return to the SMBC Singapore Open next year.
Australian Adam Scott will make his much awaited return to the SMBC Singapore Open next year. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Australian professional golfer Adam Scott will make his much awaited return to the SMBC Singapore Open next year and bid to lift the trophy for a fourth time.

The US$1 million (S$1.35 million) tournament will be played from Jan 19-22 on the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club - where the Australian won the tournament a record three times in 2005, 2006 and 2010.

Alongside him will also be Spaniard and world No. 11 Sergio Garcia, who will make his maiden appearance in the 51st Singapore Open.

Scott's last appearance in this tournament was four years ago where he finished fifth. The 36-year-old told Asian Tour News: " I am looking forward to playing the Serapong again. It will certainly feel like a homecoming of sorts."

The former world No.1 is a 13-time winner on the United States PGA Tour and has triumphed 10 times on the European Tour. Currently ranked seventh in the world, Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters tournament in 2013 for his first Major championship.

"This is fantastic news for the SMBC Singapore Open," said Takeshi Kunibe, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation president and chief executive officer.

"I know everyone has been waiting for Adam Scott to return as he has a huge following in Singapore after three fine victories. With Sergio Garcia competing as well, we are all in for a real golfing spectacle."

The SMBC Singapore Open is jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation, and is the opening event of the season on both circuits.

Korean Younghan Song took the title in January this year, beating then world No. 1 Jordan Spieth from the United States by a stroke.

Tickets for the event go on sale on Wednesday (Aug 24) and can be purchased at www.apactix.com/events/detail/smbc-singapore-open-2017.