Jakarta, April 27 (IANS) The Asian Tour and the Professional Golfers Association Tour of Indonesia (PGATI) on Wednesday announced that the 2016 Indonesian Masters presented by global insurance provider Zurich will return to the Royale Jakarta Golf Club from October 6 to 9.
Buoyed by the addition of a new presenting partner, in Zurich, the four-day event will once again welcome the best golfers from Asia as they vie for a share of the $750,000 prize purse.
Jimmy Masrin, co-founder of the Indonesian Masters and chairman of the Asian Tour said: “We’re pleased to announce the 2016 edition of the Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich. Over the last five years, the tournament has clearly established itself as Indonesia’s pre-eminent golf tournament, and one of the most highly regarded events on the Asian Tour.
“We welcome Zurich on board as a presenting sponsor for the tournament. The combination of the company’s global profile and reputation within the international golf community, together with its local market understanding will undoubtedly help the tournament in fulfilling its objectives of creating top quality entertainment both on and off the golf course.”
Speaking about its new partnership with the tournament, Peter Huber, President Director of Zurich Topas Life and representing Zurich in Indonesia, said: “Zurich has been involved with golf for many years through key sponsorship engagements worldwide and we are very proud to now be presenting the 2016 Indonesian Masters.”
Anirban Lahiri of India won the 2014 tournament in spectacular style, when he sank an eagle putt on the last hole to defeat Seukhun Baek of Korea and young Australian, Cameron Smith.
In 2015 it was Lee Westwood’s turn to deliver a spectacular finale, surviving a play-off with Chapchai Nirat of Thailand who chased down the Englishman’s five-shot lead in the final round.
The tournament will be broadcast live across the Asian Tour TV platform, potentially reaching 740 million households in over 180 countries thereby showcasing Indonesia to a global audience.