Tanah Merah Test for Asian Tour Elite

Tanah Merah Country Club’s Tampines Course will stage The Singapore International next month.

Singapore: The Asian Tour is set to enjoy a gripping finish to its season next month after announcing the launch of a new event, The Singapore International ‒ the week before the season-ending SMBC Singapore Open.

The US$1 million tournament will be played from January 13-16 on the re-developed championship Tampines Course at Tanah Merah Country Club, a Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

The Singapore International will mark the start of an exciting Singapore swing of events that will bring the 2020-21 season to a thrilling conclusion.

The cream of the Tour’s membership will compete as so much is at stake, including the Asian Tour Order of Merit title and final placings on the Merit list.

The Tour resumed play at the end of November with back-to-back events in Phuket – after a 20-month hiatus caused by Covid-19 – and attention will now turn to what will be a unique and ground-breaking end to the season in the Lion City.

“This will certainly be an unprecedented and memorable end to the season for the Asian Tour,” said Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner & CEO, Asian Tour, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

“The Tour is delighted to be able to launch a new event, The Singapore International, which will play such a key role in helping to bring down the curtain on our season while also adding an exciting new international event to Singapore’s sporting calendar,” added Cho.

The 2020-21 season, which was combined and will end in 2022 because of the pandemic, has seen six events played on Tour so far. Australian Wade Ormsby won the first of those, the Hong Kong Open, in January last year and has led the Merit list since then.

“Tanah Merah Country Club and our Tampines Course will be honoured to host The Singapore International ‒ the penultimate event on the Asian Tour’s 2020-21 season,” said Ho Beng Huat, President of Tanah Merah Country Club.

“It has been a testing two years for everyone because of the pandemic but Tanah Merah Country Club is thrilled to be able to play our part in bringing an inaugural Asian Tour event to Singapore. And this will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the pristine course conditions of the Tampines Course, following its reopening in 2018.

“Tanah Merah Country Club has a long tradition of supporting international golf tournaments and has in the past hosted the Johnnie Walker Classic, Lexus Cup, and HSBC Women‘s Championship. The Tampines Course is designed for championship play, and we can look forward to seeing some fine display of golfing skills by the golfers as they play the challenging layout.”

The Club, the Tour and event-organiser SPORTFIVE will strictly adhere to all of the Singapore Government’s Covid-19 protocols to ensure a safe playing and working environment for everyone at the tournament. 

As well as Ormsby, other leading players competing will be Thais Jazz Janewattananond and Phachara Khongwatmai, Malaysian Gavin Green, Shubhankar Sharma from India and Korean Kim Joo-hyung.

All of Singapore’s top players will compete including Gregory Foo, Abdul Hadi, Koh Dengshan, Jesse Yap and Choo Tze Huang.

An extra incentive for competitors is that the top-30 from the final Merit list will be exempt for February’s US$5 million Saudi International powered by SoftBank Advisers, the 2022 season-opener.

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