Jakarta. The Asian Tour, the sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, will hold the Indonesian Masters on Dec. 14-17 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club in East Jakarta with the prize of $750,000.
Coming to its seventh season, the tournament will give its merit winners enough points to qualify for other major events, including the Open Championship and the World Golf Championships. The Indonesian Masters counts in the Official World Golf Ranking, or OWGR, granting points awarded at the discipline's major tournaments such as Olympic Games and the World Cup of Golf.
The winner of the Indonesian Masters will receive 20 OWGR. Worldwide, the Indonesian Masters is also the last golfing event of the year.
"On behalf of the Asian Tour, I would like to welcome the Indonesian Masters as our new season-ending event, something that will further strengthen the foundations of the tournament," founder of the Indonesian Masters and chairman of the Asian Tour, Jimmy Masrin, said in a statement on Thursday (03/08).
"This year promises to be the biggest and the best Indonesian Masters, and a thrilling finale to the season. The tournament has quickly grown to become one of the premier events in the region and an exciting future lies ahead," he said.
Royale Jakarta has been the traditional home ground for the tournament since its inception in 2011.
"We have witnessed some great finishes to the tournament at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club and had the honor of seeing some of the best players such as former world number one Lee Westwood, competing here," Royale Jakarta Golf Club chief operations officer George Chandra said.
"It is with eager anticipation that we prepare for the next edition of the Indonesian Masters, an event doing so much for golf in our country."
The Indonesian Masters is also a key part of the domestic golfing scene and it will be sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Indonesia (PGATI).
"The Indonesian Masters has established itself as one of our country's biggest sporting events and it takes pride of place on the schedule of the PGA Tour of Indonesia," PGATI chairman Johannes Dermawan said.
"The event has done wonders to help develop the landscape of professional golf in our country. It regularly attracts an outstanding field, which is so important in helping to inspire our new generation of golfers and in allowing Indonesia to establish itself as a golfing force."
England's Westwood has won the tournament a record three times, in 2011, 2012 and 2015, while Austria's Bernd Wiesberger triumphed in 2013 and India's Anirban Lahiri in 2014. Last year, the trophy went to Thailand's Poom Saksansin, who cruised to a comfortable five-shot victory for his first win on the Asian Tour.