This year’s Indonesian Masters will reach new heights as the season-ending flagship event of the Asian Tour.
Tournament promoter OB Golf revealed that the US$750,000 tournament will be played December 14-17 at Royale Jakarta Golf Club and will bring the curtain down on the 2017 Asian Tour season. The Order of Merit winner will be crowned during the tour’s awards night, which will take place in the evening of the final day.
“On behalf of the Asian Tour I would like to welcome the Indonesian Masters as our new season ending event, something that will further strengthen the foundations of the tournament,” said Asian Tour chairman Jimmy Masrin, who is also the founder of the Indonesian Masters.
“This year promises to be the biggest and best Indonesian Masters and a thrilling finale to the season. The tournament has quickly grown to become one of the premier events in the region and an exciting future lies ahead,” he added.
The Asian Tour Oder of Merit winner will receive an exemption into The Open Championship and the World Golf Championships – Mexico Championship. The runner-up on the Merit list also gets to play in the latter event.
The Indonesian Masters is also the third leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events – in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan – where Asian Tour players can earn a share of a lucrative bonus pool. The tournament is also the last event of the year on any main tour worldwide with significant Official World Golf Ranking points, so players will be vying for the all-important end of year top-50 placings that gets them into the Majors and other lucrative events.
Royale Jakarta has been the traditional home of the tournament since its inception in 2011 and the club is looking forward to staging this year’s tournament.
“We have witnessed some great finishes to the tournament at Royale Jakarta Golf Club and had the honor of seeing some of the world’s best players, like former world number one Lee Westwood, compete here. It is with eager anticipation that we prepare for the next edition of the Indonesian Masters, an event doing so much for golf in our country,” said George Chandra, the club’s chief operating officer.
The Indonesian Masters is also a key part of the domestic golfing scene and will be joint-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Indonesia (PGATI).
“The Indonesian Masters has established itself as one of our country’s biggest sporting events and it takes pride of place on the schedule of the PGA Tour of Indonesia. The event has done wonders to help develop the landscape of professional golf in our country. It regularly attracts an outstanding field which is so important in helping to inspire our new generation of golfers and in allowing Indonesia to establish itself as a golfing force,” said PGATI chairman Johannes Dermawan.
England’s Lee Westwood has won the tournament a record three times (2011, 2012 and 2015), while Austrian Bernd Wiesberger triumphed in 2013 and India’s Anirban Lahiri in 2014. Last year, Thailand’s Poom Saksansin cruised to a comfortable five-shot victory for his first win on the Asian Tour.