The prestigious Resorts World Manila Masters is expected to raise the bar once again when it returns for its fourth edition as the richest golf tournament in the Philippines.
Boasting a prize pot of US$1 million, the full-field Asian Tour event will feature home-grown talents as well as the best players from across the region at Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club from November 10 to 13.
Last year, Thai rookie Natipong Srithong landed his maiden Asian Tour victory after securing a thrilling one-shot win over South African Jbe Kruger at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Masters course at Manila Southwoods. Victory was achieved in what was only his fourth start as a professional golfer on the region’s premier Tour.
The Resorts World Manila Masters also celebrated worthy winners in China’s Liang Wen-chong, who claimed a pulsating play-off triumph over Thailand’s Prom Meesawat in 2013, as well as veteran Mardan Mamat of Singapore, who marched to a stylish six-shot success in 2014.
Stephen Reilly, Chief Operating Officer, Resorts World Manila, believes the Resorts World Manila Masters will continue to establish itself as a highly popular event amongst players, fans and television viewers.
“We are delighted to maintain our role as title sponsor of the most lucrative golf tournament in the Philippines. 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 from Asia’s best players in November,” said Reilly.
“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 ,” he added.
Bob Sobrepeña, Chairman, Manila Southwoods, said: “We are privileged and honoured to be the host venue for the Resorts World Manila Masters for the fourth consecutive year.
“We are confident our Masters course will be in prime condition for the highly anticipated tournament and we look forward to seeing many great players from the Asian Tour competing here.”
Asian Tour Commissioner Kyi Hla Han expressed his appreciation to Resorts World Manila and Manila Southwoods for their continued support of professional golf at the highest level in the region.
“On behalf of our talented players, I would like to extend our gratitude to Resorts World Manila and Manila Southwoods for their commitment towards the staging of the Resorts World Manila Masters for over the past three years.
“This event has become one of the most prestigious tournaments on the Asian Tour calendar and it is due very much to their vision and support. I believe the tournament can continue to grow and inspire the next generation of golfers from the Philippines and Asia to excel in the game,” said Han.
Resorts World Manila Masters partners include Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club and supported by Marriott, IGT, Konami, Scientific Games, Empire Automation, Levelwear, RGB LTD.
Photo caption: The Resorts World Manila (RWM) Masters organizers pose with Mutya ng Pilipinas 2016 winners during the press launch of the RWM Masters 2016. (From left to right) 2nd runner-up Ashley Nicole Singh, 1st runner-up Lynette Bradford, Asian Tour Director for Tour and Player Affairs Cho Minn Thant, Ms. Asia Pacific International Ganiel Akrisha Krishnan, RWM Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilly, Miss RWM Jannie Alipo-on, Southwoods Manila Golf and Country Club Chairman Bob Sobrepeña, Ms. Tourism International Justin Mae San Jose and Ms. Overseas Communities Michelle Thurland.