SapuraKencana National Qualifier offers lucrative CIMB Classic spot

A potentially career-changing start in the CIMB Classic awaits the winner of the RM150,000 SapuraKencana National Qualifier, which tees off at the award-winning West Course of Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) this August 25-27.

Press conference at KLGCC on August 19

Press conference at KLGCC on August 19

In addition to the winner’s purse of RM22,000, the champion will earn a coveted spot in the fifth edition  of the CIMB Classic at KLGCC in late October. Boasting a lucrative total purse of US$7 million, the CIMB Classic is the region’s only official PGA Tour event with highly-coveted FedExCup points on offer.

“The SapuraKencana National Qualifier has been instrumental in driving the development of golf as a sport in Malaysia,’ said Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM) president Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Othman. “Together with the CIMB Classic, the high level of competition and increased exposure these events afford local players will prove beneficial for them in the long run.”

We are confident our Malaysian talent will rise to the occasion and provide plenty of exciting performances ahead for golf fans in the country. This is an opportunity for them to realise their full potential,” he added.

This will be the third straight year that the national qualifier has been titled-sponsored by SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad, one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas services and solutions providers with presences in more than 20 countries.

The company’s president and group chief executive officer, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Shahril Shamsuddin, noted that they were glad to play a role in the development of Malaysian golf.

“The SapuraKencana National Qualifier has grown from strength to strength over the years, establishing itself as one of the most important national golf tournaments and we are pleased to be sponsoring the tournament for the third consecutive year,” he said. “With a place in the CIMB Classic at stake, it provides unprecedented opportunities for the best home-grown talent seeking to elevate their standing and benchmark themselves against golfers from the rest of the world. SapuraKencana is proud to be part of the ongoing CIMB Classic journey and the development of golf in the country.”

Rashid Ismail

Rashid Ismail

In last year’s national qualifier, seasoned campaigner Rashid Ismail fought off a hip injury to top the field. He went on to finish joint 75th in the CIMB Classic at KLGCC, earning a cheque for US$13,230. American Ryan Moore won the event and the US$1.26 million winner’s cheque by defeating compatriot Gary Woodland in a playoff.

The best Malaysian performance in the CIMB Classic came in the second edition at The Mines in 2011 when Danny Chia claimed joint 13th place to pocket a whopping US$85,000.

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