Euro Tour top rookie An to play in S'pore

Already backed by considerable star power, next month's SMBC Singapore Open will also have some of golf's most promising starlets competing.

South Korean An Byeong Hun, European Tour's Rookie of the Year, confirmed his participation yesterday, joining a field that already includes world No. 1 Jordan Spieth.

The world No. 28, who also goes by the name Ben An, enjoyed a stellar debut season which saw him win the BMW PGA Championship.

The 24-year-old said: "I have heard a lot about the Singapore Open from fellow players and cannot wait to play in the tournament."

An rose to prominence in 2009, when he became the youngest winner of the US Amateur Championship at 17.

He won the BMW PGA Championship in May with a record-winning score of 21 under par.

He added: "It was a memorable year for me in 2015 - I was fortunate enough to play some good golf and achieve some great results and I hope to start the new season in a similar vein."

An will find himself in good company.

Besides Spieth, Major champions Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland and Yang Yong Eun of South Korea have also been pencilled in for the Jan 28-31 tournament at Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course.

Said An: "The competition for the Singapore Open title will be fierce with a lot of great players in the field.

"Any time Jordan Spieth is in the line-up, there is a special buzz about the tournament."

The Singapore Open is making a comeback after a three-year hiatus.

With a US$1 million (S$1.41 million) prize purse, it will feature the top 60 players from each of the Asian and Japanese tours, as well as top local professionals, amateurs and sponsor invitees.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 23, 2015, with the headline 'Euro Tour top rookie An to play in S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe