American veteran Pat Perez will make his first appearance in Singapore when he tees up at the 2018 SMBC Singapore Open, to be played January 18-21 at Sentosa Golf Club.
Perez will join an impressive line-up at Sentosa’s Serapong Course, which includes Spanish superstar Sergio Garcia and South Africa’s Louis Ooosthuizen.
The 41-year-old Perez is enjoying a career renaissance after an enforced layoff following shoulder injury in March, 2016. Since his return to the game on a medical exemption later that year, he won twice on the PGA Tour to take his career title tally to three.
“This is a great opportunity to play somewhere new and in an event that has an excellent reputation. Things have been going very well for me and I want to capitalize on my form and play more and win more,” said Perez.
Perez’s most recent win came in last month’s CIMB Classic in neighbouring Malaysia, the opening event of the PGA Tour’s new ‘Asian swing’. He followed up with T5 and T24 finishes in The CJ Cup @Nine Bridges and WGC-HSBC Champions respectively to top the early season FedExCup rankings.
The SMBC Singapore Open will be part of The Open Qualifying Series for the second successive year, with the top-four finishers (not otherwise qualified) earning starts in The 147th Open at Carnoustie. There will be a Monday qualifier played at the start of tournament week offering three places in the 52nd edition of Singapore’s national Open.
The SMBC Singapore Open is jointly-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation and kicks off the 2o18 season for both circuits.