KUALA LUMPUR: After nine-years, Southeast Asia’s sole PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament the CIMB Classic, bids farewell.
This was confirmed by PGA Tour International Malaysia vice president and executive director, Todd Rhinehart in a statement released earlier today (Tuesday).
“Today, I write to inform all of you that we have decided to bid farewell to the CIMB Classic. We have been engaged with CIMB after this year’s CIMB Classic and together we have decided to evolve the partnership between our organisations into a different form.
“On behalf of the PGA Tour, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for all the support, contribution and cooperation in making the CIMB Classic a success over the last nine years,” he said.
Inaugurated in 2010, the tournament has seen over US$60million (RM251million) in total prize money.
Fans have also been given the opportunity to watch legendary golfers such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler among others, grace the Mines Resort and Golf Club in the first three editions followed by TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Meanwhile, it was reported today (Tuesday) that the PGA Tour have announced a six-year deal to host an official tournament in Japan starting next year.
The inaugural US$9.7million (RM40million) Zozo Championship will be staged from Oct 24-27 at the Narashino Country Club in Chiba and will be CIMB Classic’s replacement on the Tour’s annual calendar as part of their three-event Asian swing.