Singapore: Indian Jeev Milkha Singh knows he’ll have to tame the ‘Beast’ if he’s to secure a second Singapore triumph in this week’s inaugural World Classic Championship at Laguna National, a Golf Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Dubbed the ‘Beast’, the Andy Dye-designed World Classic Course is certain to provide competitors with one their sternest tests of the year as they vie for top honours at the US$750,000 event.
Singh, a six-time Asian Tour winner, has fond memories of the Island Republic having won the Singapore Open in 2008 to set him up to top the Order of Merit standings that year.
“I always enjoy coming to Singapore. It’s a beautiful country with each visit made even more special with my good results over the years here,” said the Asian Tour honorary member, who acknowledges that a patient game is required to tackle the World Classic.
“I think this is really a beast. Depending on how the pins are set up this week, there are not going to be many under-par scores. I think you’ve got to be really patient and have good distance control around this golf course, which can be very unforgiving,” said Singh.
Thai Prom Meesawat, a two-time Asian Tour winner, shared Singh’s assessment of the course and agreed that patience would be the key to doing well this week.
“The course conditions are good but you’ve got to have lots of patience. It will be a tough week for everyone! I hope the tournament director will be kind enough to move the tees forward on some holes,” said Prom.
Patrick Bowers, CEO & Managing Director of Laguna National Golf and Country Club, said: “This is the first time we’re hosting a full-field professional event at the World Classic. It will be really interesting to see how it plays out as many of the players will be competing on this course for the first time.”
Since the announcement of the tournament, Laguna National has embarked on intensive tournament preparation on the World Classic. Although the course will not be played at its full length of 7,350 yards, the rough is tough and the greens are firm and fast.
“The golf course is in a great condition right now and we are all ready for the tournament. We are confident the players and spectators will see the World Classic course at its best,” said Bowers.
The Laguna National Golf and Country Club, which is currently undergoing a transformation to build a new clubhouse and 208-room branded hotel, aims to boost golf tourism in the region when it becomes the first resort style hotel in Singapore located directly on the site of a golf club in 2017.
“The World Classic Championship, together with the hosting of other championships held at Laguna National in recent years, is part of our mission to draw major golf tournaments to Singapore as well as promote golf in the region.
“Laguna National is very pleased to host the World Classic Championship together with the Asian Tour and IMG as this is a great opportunity to showcase the World Classic course and Asia’s top golfers to international golf enthusiasts,” said Bowers.