Irish star Darren Clarke and New Zealand’s Michael Campbell will join fellow Major champions Ernie Els and John Daly for the US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters 2013 at Royale Jakarta Golf Club from May 2 to 5.
The presence of Clarke and Campbell, along with multiple tour winner Simon Dyson of England, is a huge boost for the event.
Clarke and Els were British Open champions in 2011 and 2012 respectively while Campbell is a former US Open champion. Daly won the 1991 US PGA Championship and 1995 British Open.
With several wins on the Asian and European Tour, Dyson won the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2000 during his rookie season. In 2006 he also won the Indonesian Open.
“It is fantastic to see so many new stars confirmed for the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters 2013 which signifies our rapid growth,” said Gatot Subagio, Vice President of Corporate Communications Group Corporate Affairs of PT Bank CIMB Niaga.
He said the tournament was expected to inspire Indonesian golfers and develop the game at a junior and amateur level.
“With the participation of Simon Dyson, Darren Clarke, Michael Campbell, Ernie Els and John Daly in the tournament combined with the announcement of our Amateur League and Youth Development initiatives, we are setting the stage for the championship to continue to grow into one of the biggest tournaments in the region,” he said.
Asian Tour Executive Kyi Hla Han hailed the tournament as wonderful given the number of international stars participating.
“As a full-field Asian Tour tournament, our talented members look forward to competing against many of the best players in the world at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club,” he said.
The event also marks the beginning of the Amateur League series at Royale Jakarta Golf Club which serves as a qualifying field for the Indonesian Masters.
Play is scheduled on every Tuesday or Wednesday at the host venue with the scores of each round to be counted in the Order of Merit.
A minimum of three rounds must be played to qualify for a ranking and the leading amateur will win a spot in the tournament proper representing the Indonesian Golf Association (PGA).