Homegrown and foreign talents will test their mettle in the fourth edition of the Resorts World Manila Masters slated November 10 to 13 at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club in Carmona, Cavite.
“There is no Filipino champion in history. I’m not sure if they [Filipino] will dominate, but I believe they (Filipino golfers) are in contention. There’s no excuse for them not to be in contention because it is a familiar golf place for them. It will be a huge career changer,” Cho Minn Thant, the director of tour and player affairs of Asian Tour, told The Manila Times on Wednesday during the tournament’s press conference at the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel
Thai rookie Natipong Srithong scored a thrilling one-shot win over South African Jbe Kruger in last year’s edition of the tournament. In 2013, China’s Liang Wen-Chong beat Thailand’s Prom Meesawat while veteran Mardan Mamat of Singapore emerged as champion in 2014.
Thant said that there is no assurance that world No. 1 Jason Day of Australia will compete in the tournament, “I guess he is on everybody’s wish list but we can’t comment on that right now. I can’t say.”
The Resorts World Manila Masters offers a total prize of $1 million US dollars, with the champion getting $180,000 (P 8.4 million).
Chief Operating Officer of Resorts World Manila Stephen Reilly said that Resorts World Manila Masters will continue as one of the premier golf tournaments sanctioned by the Asian Tour across the Asian region.
“We are delighted to maintain our role as title sponsor of the most lucrative golf tournament in the Philippines,” said Reilly. “The Resorts World Manila Masters has enjoyed great success since its inception in 2013 and we look forward to witnessing more top-notch golfing action.”
Filipino golfers Miguel Tabuena, who will be competing in the Rio Olympics, Angelo Que, Frankie Minoza and Artemio Murokami are the expected to see action in the annual tournament.
“It remains our mission to keep driving the development of this great game in the Philippines and across Asia through the successful staging of the Resorts World Manila Masters. This tournament will also propel this beautiful country onto the global stage through the extensive live television coverage that we will enjoy,” Reilly said.
Bob Sobrepeña, Chairman of Manila Southwoods assured that the Masters course will be in prime condition for the highly anticipated tournament.
“We are privileged and honored to be the host venue for the Resorts World Manila Masters for the fourth consecutive year,” said Sobrepeña.