For the third straight year, Resorts World Manila Masters is offering a $1 million (P46 million) prize pot for its Asian Tour on November 19 to 22 at the Manila South-woods Golf and Country Club in Carmona, Cavite.
Filipino professional golfers Juvic Pagunsan, Angelo Que, Tony Lascuña and Miguel Tabuena, among others, will challenge 2014 reigning champion Mardan Mamat of Singapore.
“For the third straight year, we are holding the biggest professional golfing event in the Philippines,” Resorts World Manila Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilly told The Manila Times during a press conference on Wednesday at the Marriot Hotel Grand Ball Room in Parañaque City.
“There are 300 participants from all over Asia and the Southeast Asian regions are expected to join,” added Reilly. “It is going to be a banner year for the World Manila Masters and we are delighted to maintain our role as title sponsor of the most lucrative golf tournament in the Philippines.”
Manila Southwoods Chairman Robert John Sobrepeña said that the golf course would be at its best condition when the tournament begins.
“Manila Southwoods is a champion’s golf course. We are honored to be the host venue once again for what is now the country’s richest golf tournament in the Asian Tour,” Sobrepeña said. “This will also benefit tourism in our country.”
Reilly added that he loves to see Filipino golfers in the Asian Tour to excel and achieve international recognition or even qualify to the Rio Olympics next year.
“That’s one of the moments that I really wanted to see—a Filipino excel in the international level of golf.”
“It has always been our commitment to make a Filipino champion. We hope our Filipino golfers will earn valuable official world golf ranking points at the RWN Masters to enhance their hopes of playing in the Olympics,” said Reilly.
Before Mamat won last year’s title, China’s Lian Weng-Chong emerged as the inaugural champion of the tournament in 2013.