Singapore: South African Louis Oosthuizen, hungry for victory following so many near finishes, will compete in next year’s SMBC Singapore Open, organisers announced today.
The 2010 Open Championship winner, runner-up when he last played in Singapore and with a record haul of second placings in Major championships, is the latest star golfer to confirm for the tournament. Also confirmed is reigning US Masters champion Sergio Garcia from Spain.
To be staged from January 18-21, 2018, the US$1 million tournament will be played on the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
The tournament will be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation and will form the opening event of the season on both Tours.
In August, Oosthuizen made headlines after finishing joint second in the US PGA Championship – giving him the distinction of finishing runner-up in all four Majors.
He is only the seventh golfer to accomplish this feat, joining Craig Wood, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson.
His record of runner-up finishes are: the 2012 US Masters, where he lost in a sudden-death play-off; 2015 US Open; 2015 Open Championship where he was defeated in a four-hole aggregate play-off, and this year’s PGA Championship.
By his own admission he will be a driven man when he returns to Singapore. When he last played here in 2012 he lost out in a play-off to Italy’s Matteo Manassero.
Manassero prevailed in extra time, making an eagle-three on the third play-off hole, the Serapong’s par-five 18th. Oosthuizen had missed a five-foot birdie putt on the same hole that would have given him victory on the second extra-hole.
A year earlier, the South African claimed third place at Sentosa, missing out on a play-off by one shot.
“You could say I have some unfinished business in Singapore,” said Oosthuizen. “I am really looking forward to getting back there and playing in the SMBC Singapore Open. It will be the perfect way for me to start the season, on a great golf course, where I have great memories and where I know I can win.”
The South African is an eight-time winner on the European Tour – including the 2012 Malaysian Open. In South Africa he has triumphed on seven occasions.
“I am really focused on winning titles and competing week in and week out. In 2018 that hopefully means starting with the SMBC Singapore Open!” added the 34-year-old, a member of the defeated International Team at last week’s Presidents Cup.
Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng won last year’s SMBC Singapore Open, in what was the 51st edition of the tournament.
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