SapuraKencana National Qualifier offers lucrative start in CIMB Classic

A coveted spot in the US$7 million CIMB Classic awaits the winner of next week’s SapuraKencana National Qualifier at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC).

SapuraKencana National Qualifier 2015 PCClose to 100 Malaysian professionals are expected to take part in the qualifier, which tees-off on August 3-5 at KLGCC’s West Course offering total prizemoney of RM150,000.

“The SapuraKencana National Qualifier is always a much-anticipated national golf tournament and we are delighted to host it for the fourth consecutive year. The qualifier provides an opportunity for aspiring home-grown talents to compete and win an exclusive spot to play against world-class golfers at the CIMB Classic later this year,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Shahril Shamsuddin, SapuraKencana’s president and Group CEO.

Danny Chia won last year’s qualifier to earn his third start in the CIMB Classic, for which he holds the record for best Malaysian performance with a joint 13th finish in the 2011 edition.

“Winning the SapuraKencana National Qualifier gave me the golden opportunity to participate in the CIMB Classic. Malaysian golfers must seize the opportunity to win the coveted spot at the upcoming qualifier to elevate their standings,” said Chia, who also won the qualifier in 2012.

Tan Sri Dato’ Abdul Ghani bin Othman, president of the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia said: “The SapuraKencana National Qualifier has played a pivotal role in driving the development of golf as a sport in Malaysia and has spurred our home grown talents. The high level of competition and motivation to play in the CIMB Classic will help them further develop their game and benefit them in the long run. We are confident our Malaysian talent will rise to the occasion and golf fans can look forward to exciting performances during the Qualifier.”

Title sponsor SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad is one of the world’s leading integrated oil and gas services and solutions provider. The company is also a sponsor and lead partner of the CIMB Classic, which is the region’s only official PGA Tour event.

The 2015 CIMB Classic is the third event of the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season, offering coveted points for the tour’s season-long race for the FedExCup. The 78-player field will be made up of 60 from the PGA Tour, 10 from the Asian Tour and eight sponsor’s exemptions.

Out of the eight sponsor’s exemptions, two spots are for Malaysians – the winner of the qualifier and the highest-ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as at October 19. If the winner of the qualifier is also the leading Malaysian in the OWGR at that time, the second spot will be given to the next best-ranked Malaysian.

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