KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The Asian Tour, the official regional sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, will have its top available 10 players from its current 2010 Order of Merit feature in the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic.
"This is excellent news for the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic. Being able to add the top 10 on the Asian Tour to the already illustrious PGA TOUR field ups the ante even further and we look forward to a truly competitive world class tournament," said Effendy Shahul Hamid, Head, Group Corporate Communications, CIMB Group.
"I believe this is by far the strongest competitive line-up Southeast Asian golf has ever seen, and we're extremely proud to be part of it," added Effendy.
Kyi Hla Han, Executive Chairman, Asian Tour, said: "The CIMB Asia Pacific Classic will provide a wonderful opportunity for our top players to compete head-to-head with players from the PGA TOUR. A win by one of our players will certainly reinforce the growth and rise in playing standards on the Asian Tour, which has been evident in recent years with the success of our players in the international arena.
"I would like to extend our fullest appreciation to CIMB for its support of professional golf in Asia. The Asian Tour's involvement with the inaugural edition augurs well for the development of the game in this region."
In sanctioning the event, Harris Zainal Abidin, Hon. Secretary Pro-Tem Committee of the PGA of Malaysia (PGAM), said that the PGAM was extremely pleased that Malaysia has been selected as the first country in Southeast Asia to host a tournament of this stature.
"The PGA TOUR is tasked with growing the game of golf through premier world class spectator events, education and training programs, significant philanthropic outreach initiatives and award winning golf promotions. To that effect we are pleased to sanction this much anticipated tournament and be a part of history in the making," said Harris.
The first tournament sanctioned by the PGA TOUR in Southeast Asia, the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia, will be held from October 28-31, 2010 at The MINES Resort & Golf Club.
"With such tremendous growth for golf in the region, the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic provides an exciting presence for the PGA TOUR in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. It also presents a unique opportunity for our members to compete against the leading professionals from the region at an outstanding facility," said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. "We look forward to an outstanding event in October."
In its inaugural year, the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic will feature an international field of 40 players competing for a $6 million prize purse, with the winner taking home a prize purse of $1 million.