The CIMB Group has extended its title sponsorship of the CIMB Classic by four years, securing its place on the PGA Tour schedule through 2020. This year’s edition returns to Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on October 20-23.
The prize fund of the only official PGA Tour FedExCup event in Southeast Asia remains at US$7 million, maintaining its status as the richest golf tournament in the region.
Speaking at a press conference today, CIMB’s group chief executive Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz commented: “CIMB Classic has firmly placed Malaysia on the PGA Tour calendar, and we are pleased to continue our title sponsorship of the tournament, which has grown from strength to strength over the last six years.
“Today’s announcement is a clear demonstration of the Group’s appreciation to PGA Tour and our firm commitment to further develop CIMB Classic into a top golf event not only in Malaysia but also in ASEAN. The tournament continues to generate quite a following and we will continue to deliver an exceptional experience for players and fans alike.”
Since it was first staged in 2010, the CIMB Classic has attracted some of the world’s best players including Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson.
“Since its inception six years ago, the CIMB Classic has established an important international presence for the TOUR during the early portion of the FedExCup schedule,” noted PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in a video message. “As a preeminent banking institution in Southeast Asia that is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, CIMB has provided the critical support needed for the tournament to develop and prosper. I had the opportunity to attend the CIMB Classic last year and was very impressed not only by what I saw, but by the potential it has for future growth.
“We are thrilled that CIMB will continue its sponsorship and we look forward to working with CIMB on continuing and strengthening our successful presence in Malaysia.”
The CIMB Classic was introduced in 2010 as an unofficial event before becoming a FedExCup tournament in 2013. Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Association of Malaysia, the event is contested by a limited field of 78 players made up of the top 60 available players from the previous season’s FedExCup Points list, the top 10 available players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit and eight sponsor exemptions including two Malaysians.
2015 champion Justin Thomas of the United States has confirmed that he will return to Kuala Lumpur to defend his title in the tournament, which is the second event of the 2016-17 PGA Tour schedule.
For more information and updates, go to www.cimbclassic.com.