The RM150,000 SapuraKencana National Classic tees-off next week at TPC Kuala Lumpur offering a lucrative spot in the CIMB Classic to the winner.
The tournament is an evolution of the SapuraKencana National Qualifier and will now count towards the PGM Tour Order of Merit. Sanctioned by the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM), the SapuraKencana National Classic will be played September 20-22 at TPC Kuala Lumpur and is expected to attract around 100 Malaysian professionals.
“The SapuraKencana National Classic 2016 has played a key role in elevating the game of golf as a sport in Malaysia, which has spurred on more home-grown talents, especially with the addition of the PGM Tour Order of Merit. In continuing to cultivate national interest in the sport, we look forward to witness our local talents as they compete amongst internationally-renowned golfers at the CIMB Classic 2016,” said Ahmad Zakiruddin Mohamed, senior vice president of operations, SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad.
Among the main contenders are long-hitting sensation Gavin Green, who played in the Rio Olympics, defending champion Ben Leong and 2013 champion Rashid Ismail.
Title sponsor SapuraKencana, one of the world’s leading oil and gas service providers, is also a sponsor and lead partner of the CIMB Classic, the region’s richest golf tournament with a purse of US$7 million and the PGA Tour’s only official FedExCup event in Southeast Asia.
The CIMB Classic 2016 will return to TPC Kuala Lumpur on October 20-23 as the second tournament of the 2016-17 PGA Tour schedule. The tournament will feature 78 players with 60 coming from the PGA Tour, 10 from the Asian Tour and eight sponsor’s exemptions.
Two spots are for allocated for Malaysians – the winner of the National Classic and the highest ranked Malaysian in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as of October 11 If the winner of the SapuraKencana National Classic is also the leading Malaysian in the OWGR, the second spot for will go to the next highest-ranked Malaysian.