09 October 2017
Indonesian Masters Becomes Asian Tour’s Season Finale
The Indonesian Masters has been announced as the prestigious season-ending flagship event on the Asian Tour. The international event, promoted by OB Golf, will take place from December 14 to 17 and will bring the curtain down on the 2017 season. The tournament will once again return to Royale Jakarta Golf Club for its seventh season boasting a lucrative purse of US$750,000.
With the announcement of the new date for the Indonesian Masters comes even more prestige. The tournament will now host the presentation of the Asian Tour Order of Merit winner. The Tour’s glamorous awards night for winners of the 2017 season will take place on the final evening of the tournament.
Adding to the importance of the tournament, the Asian Tour Order of Merit winner will receive an exemption into The Open Championship and the World Golf Championships – Mexico Championship. The runner-up on the Merit list will also be granted the chance to play in the latter event.
The Indonesian Masters is also the third leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events - in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Japan - where Asian Tour players can earn a share of a lucrative bonus pool.
With such prizes on offer, the Indonesian Masters will boast one of its strongest ever fields, something that will help to ensure the event receives more Official World Golf Ranking points (OWGR). OWGR points are only awarded to tournaments from the leading professional tours around the world as well as Majors, World Golf Championships, Olympic Games and the World Cup of Golf.
The winner of this year’s Indonesian Masters will receive 20 OWGR, greatly enhancing its status as a world-class event. The Indonesian Masters is also the last event of the year on any main Tour worldwide with significant OWGR points; so players will be vying for the all-important end of year top-50 placings that gets them into the Majors and other lucrative events.
“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,” said Jimmy Masrin, Founder of the Indonesian Masters and Chairman of the Asian Tour.
“This year promises to be the biggest and 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,” added Jimmy.
Royale Jakarta has been the traditional home of the tournament since its inception in 2011 and the club is looking forward to staging this year’s tournament.