The region’s finest players will take on one of the world’s toughest courses in this week’s inaugural World Classic Championship at Laguna National Golf & Country Club.
The US$750,000 event is the Asian Tour’s only stop in Singapore this season and will pit its stars against Laguna National’s infamously difficult World Classic course. No fewer than 35 Asian Tour winners will feature in the event including local favourite Mardan Mamat, a five-time winner on the tour.
Reigning Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States, Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant as well as S.S.P Chawrasia of India and Canadian Richard T. Lee, placed fourth and seventh respectively on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, have all entered for the tournament, which will feature a 144-man field.
Dubbed ‘Asia’s Toughest Test’ due to its demanding and challenging layout, the par-71 World Classic course, set up at just under 7,000 yards, is set to provide a stiff test to the region’s golfers when they step up to the tee for the inaugural showpiece in Singapore.
“This is the first time we will host 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,” said Patrick Bowers, CEO & Managing Director of Laguna National.
Since the announcement of the tournament, Laguna National has embarked on intensive tournament preparation on the World Classic course and although the course will not be played at its full length of 7,350 yards, the rough is now tougher and greens, firmer and faster.
“The golf course is in a great condition right now and we are all ready for the tournament next week. We are confident the players and spectators will see the World Classic course at its best next week,” Bowers explained.
Laguna National is currently undergoing a transformation to build a new clubhouse and 208-room branded hotel, which will make it the first resort style hotel in Singapore located directly on the site of a championship golf course 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. We are very pleased to host the World Classic Championship together with Asian Tour and IMG as this is a great opportunity to showcase the World Classic course and Asia’s top golfers to the international golf enthusiasts,” said Bowers.