May 31, 2010 CIMB Group today announced that it will offer one of its five sponsor's exemptions to a Malaysian professional to play alongside the world's best golfers at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia. "This is a unique tournament and certainly the first of its kind in Malaysia and the region; and as such it has always been our intention to have a Malaysian professional compete in this select field of 40. We're pleased to have been able to make this happen in the form of our sponsor's exemption," said Effendy Shahul Hamid, Head, Group Corporate Communications, CIMB Group. The national qualifier, aptly named "CIMB Asia Pacific Classic - National Qualifier" is sanctioned by the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM) and will run from 29 June to 1 July 2010. This closed 54-hole tournament will see approximately 100 professional golfers under the PGAM compete over a three-day period at the Mines Resort & Golf Club. There will be a cut after 36 holes of play with 60 players (plus ties) competing in the final round. The tournament will see top Malaysian professional golfers competing for a cool RM150,000 prize purse with the winner taking RM22,000 plus a spot at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in October. "The CIMB Asia Pacific Classic is one of many exciting developments in the local golf scene and we are very pleased to see the commitment and the expertise being brought to bear on the development of Malaysia's golf industry and talent. This is a rare opportunity for Malaysian's to watch such a world class field of players live and to see a fellow Malaysian professional golfer among them - that is priceless indeed!" said Dato' Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia. The first tournament sanctioned by the PGA TOUR in Southeast Asia, the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia, will be held from 28 to 31 October 2010 at The Mines Resort & Golf Club. The tournament is co-sanctioned by the PGA TOUR, Asian Tour and the PGAM. In its inaugural year, the tournament will feature an international field of 40 players competing for a USD6 million prize purse, with the winner taking home a prize purse of USD1 million. The top 25 available players from the PGA TOUR's final FedExCup standings will qualify for the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia. They will be joined by the Top 10 players from the current Asian Tour Order of Merit and five players under sponsor exemptions to complete one of the strongest playing fields in Asia's golf circuit. "We wanted to make sure that all PGAM events set the bar for the best golf tournaments in the country and the Southeast Asian region - this opportunity for a Malaysian to play among the top PGA TOUR and Asian Tour golfers is a rare one. We are very proud to be a part of it," said Firuz Jaffril, Acting President of the PGAM.