Golf’s Philippine Open is back and better than ever
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 15, 2016 04:37 PM
THE RETURN. The Philippine Open is well on its way towards a centennial celebration.
After a one-year hiatus, Asia’s oldest golf national open has come roaring back to life.
The Philippine Open is all set to make a triumphant return with its 99th iteration scheduled from March 2 to 5 in 2017.
Olympian Miguel Tabuena will defend his title against former champions Frankie Minoza and Angelo Que in the latest edition of the event to take place at The Country Club in Laguna.
Vying for the cash prize of USD 350, 000 will be a total of 130 competitors.
Due to circumstances that weren’t ironed out, the Philippine Open did not make an appearance for all of 2016. “The Philippine Open is the most prestigious tournament and from our point of view, we wanted to make sure it was done well. We had a few tries to hold it this year, but nothing significant came through,” National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP) official Gigi Montinola shared.
He then continued, “So we felt the more appropriate way is to look for someone who could handle it on a multi-year basis.”
Enter Solaire Resort and Casino and chairman Enrique Razon who agreed to be the event’s newest chief backer for, at least, the next two years. “We will continue to support Philippine gold in our commitment and desire to produce world class players,” he said in the press conference announcing the partnership on Thursday.
Also nothing but glad about the partnership, Solaire general manager Tom Arasi expressed, “This is the first time that Solaire is working with the NGAP and we’re looking to build on this, culminating in the centennial staging of the Philippine Open in 2018.”
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