Monday, December 07, 2009


Tiger Woods could well make his second appearance on Malaysian soil next November following the introduction of the Asia Pacific Golf Classic.

The Mines Resort and Golf Club, which hosted the 1999 World Cup that Tiger played in, will play host to the event that was launched by Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak.

It will rank number 15 in the world in terms of prize money and The Mines has inked a seven year deal with the PGA.

The top 25 players of the PGA Tour's final FedExCup standings will qualify to play in the event and based on the 2009 rankings, Malaysia could well see the likes of Phil Mickleson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Sean O'Hair, Zach Johnson, Padraig Harrington, Heath Slocum, Kenny Perry, Cot Verplank, Jason Dufner, Nick Watney, Geoff Ogilvy, Dustin Johnson, Steve Marino, Ernie Els, Lucas Glover, Retief Goosen, David Toms, Marc Leishman, Brian Gay and Jerry Kelly to name a few.

Other players set to grace the inaugural 40 player tournament, will be the top 10 of the Asian Tour Order of Merit with five sponsors exemptions. One Malaysian is however assured of a spot in the field.

And that is not the only top draw as the event will offer USD6 million in prize money, with the champion walking away with a cool USD1 million.

The PGA Tour and Asian Tour are the organisors of the event in partnership with Carbon Worldwide and PGA Promotions of Malaysia.