Golf: World No. 2 Spieth to headline Singapore Open in January

World No. 2 golfer Jordan Spieth will headline the SMBC Singapore Open in January.
World No. 2 golfer Jordan Spieth will headline the SMBC Singapore Open in January. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - World No. 2 golfer Jordan Spieth will headline the SMBC Singapore Open in January, organisers confirmed on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old sensation claimed this year's Masters and US Open titles, and recently triumphed in the Tour Championship to clinch the 2015 FedEx Cup.

He was also runner-up in the PGA Championship, tied for fourth at The Open Championship and was named PGA Tour Player of the Year.

"Playing in the SMBC Singapore Open is something I'm really looking forward to", said Spieth. "I'm very fortunate to play golf around the world and can't wait to visit Singapore for the first time."

The youngster was also part of the United States team that recently claimed The Presidents Cup.

Returning from a three-year hiatus, the Singapore Open will be held at Sentosa Golf Club's iconic Serapong course from January 28 to 31 next year.

With a minimum prize purse of US$1 million, the event will be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organization.

Spieth will be trying to add his name to a list of illustrious champions, including three-time winner Adam Scott of Australia, England's Ian Poulter, Angel Cabrera of Argentina and Matteo Manassero of Italy, who triumphed in 2012.

"I know the SMBC Singapore Open is one of Asia's leading events and I couldn't be more excited to add it to my 2016 playing schedule," said Spieth.

Spieth's four-stroke victory in the Masters and one-shot win at the US Open set up the possibility of the Texan becoming the first player in the modern era to complete the Grand Slam in a single season. He also came within a few inches of making the play-off at The Open Championship in July.

"It is more than an honour to welcome Jordan Spieth, the winner of two Majors this year, to the first SMBC Singapore Open in 2016," said Takeshi Kunibe, President and CEO of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC).

"We believe the participation of the most exciting golfer in the world today will open a new page in the great history of this event which will be reborn as the SMBC Singapore Open."

The Singapore Open will feature the top 60 from the Asian Tour, top 60 from the JGTO, leading Singapore professionals, amateurs and sponsor invites.