Kuala Lumpur, September 30: Charismatic Colombian Camilo Villegas has confirmed his participation at this year’s CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia, to be staged at The Mines from October 27-30.
Nicknamed ‘Spiderman’ because of his unique way of reading the greens , the 29-year-old Villegas won his thirdPGATour title last year in the Honda Classic. This season he has secured four top-10s and was in contention for the FedEx Cup until the BMW Championships at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, Illinois.
Joining Villegas at The Mines will be Fijian great Vijay Singh and 2007 PGATour rookie of the year Brandt Snedeker.
Singh’s appearance will be warmly welcomed by Malaysian golf fans as the Fijian has deep roots inMalaysia. He has over 50 career wins and will certainly be one of the more experienced hands in the field come October.
Former US Open and Masters champion Angel Cabrera and 2009 British Open champion Stewart Cink, as well as defending champion Ben Crane, will also be in the field at The Mines.
Effendy Shahul Hamid, Head, Group Marketing and Communications, CIMB Group said they were pleased with the momentum going into the tournament at the end of October.
“Things are on track and shaping up nicely for the tournament at the end of October. The inclusion of Camilo Villegas, Brandt Snedeker and Vijay Singh speaks volumes for the profile of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic. We look forward to hosting the highest quality field to play in the ASEAN region in 2011.”
The CIMB Asia Pacific Classic,MalaysiaisSoutheast Asia’s richest tournament, carrying a total prize purse of US$6.1 million. It features a field of 48 players – 30 from thePGATour, 10 from the Asian Tour, two Malaysians and the remainder being sponsors’ exemptions. The winner walks away with US$1.3 million.
Tickets for are now on sale. For details visit www.cimbasiapacificclassic.com.