Golf: Star golfers set to return for next Singapore Open

Patrick Feizal Joyce, vice-president (golf) at event promoter Lagardere Sports.
Patrick Feizal Joyce, vice-president (golf) at event promoter Lagardere Sports.PHOTO: ST FILE

The SMBC Singapore Open will be played from Jan 19-22 next year and fans can expect star names to light up the event once again.

Thrilling golf aficionados this year at Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course, which will again host the competition, were world No. 3 Jordan Spieth, 2011 British Open winner Darren Clarke and South Korean Yang Yong Eun, who famously beat Tiger Woods to win the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine.

"Over the next few months we will reveal the star players for the 2017 SMBC Singapore Open in addition to some new initiatives around the event," said Patrick Feizal Joyce, vice-president (golf) at event promoter Lagardere Sports.

"The tournament is well known for attracting the best golfers in the world and this will certainly be the case next year."

Other competitors in the event's past 50 editions include Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson.

The US$1 million (S$1.35 million) Singapore Open, sanctioned by both the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation, returned this February after a three-year hiatus. Japanese bank SMBC had inked a three-year deal to become title sponsor in January last year.

While Spieth headlined this year's event, it was the unheralded South Korean Song Young Han who stole the show.

Song, who turns 25 today, upset the then world No. 1 golfer to clinch his first professional title with a 12-under total. The American was a stroke behind in second.

Bob Tan, president of the Singapore Golf Association, said: "The return of the Singapore Open this year for the first time since 2012 reminded everyone why it is one of the region's best tournaments. Next year will be the 51st Singapore Open and another fine championship will be delivered."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2016, with the headline 'Star golfers set to return for next S'pore Open'. Print Edition | Subscribe