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2018 SMBC Singapore Open returns with US Masters champion Sergio Garcia

Looks like the pristine greens of Sentosa Golf Club will see yet another clash of titans again come 18 — 21 January 2018. This is because for the second time running, reigning US Masters champion Sergio Garcia will kickstart his tour at the 2018 SMBC Singapore Open.

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US Masters champion Sergio Garcia during round one of the 2017 SMBC Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Club. (Image: Paul Lakatos/ Lagardère Sports)

“I loved my time in Singapore and it was the ideal way to start the golfing year,” said the 37-year-old Garcia. “I did not manage victory in the SMBC Singapore Open but I won twice soon afterwards, including, of course, my first Major at the Masters,” said the Spaniard champion.

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The scenic Serapong course at Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore. (Image: Paul Lakatos/Sentosa Golf Club)

The Serapong Course at the Sentosa Golf Club is revered as one of the most respectable golf clubs in the region with its spectacular views of the island and South China Sea that surrounds it. English golf architect Frank Pennick carved out the course — voted the Best Golf Course in 2016 by players on the Asian Tours — out of the lush tropical landscape, and it’s renowned for being equal parts unique and challenging.

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Major championship veteran Louis Oosthuizen will be present to give Sergio Garcia a run for his money at the 2018 SMBC Singapore Open. (Image: Paul Lakatos/ Lagardère Sports)

The 2018 SMBC Singapore Open should be an interesting affair as the 37-year-old Green Jacket winner will be pitted against another Major championship veteran, South African Louis Oosthuizen. Besides a 2010 Open Championship title, he has a record haul of second placings in Major Championships.

Last August, he finished joint second in the US PGA Championship, earning himself the distinction of finishing runner-up in all four Majors, joining other legends such as Arnold Palmer and Craig Wood in this feat. He’ll return to Singapore with a hunger for victory after narrowly losing out in a play-off to Italy’s Matteo Manassero.

“You could say I have some unfinished business in Singapore,” said Oosthuizen.“I am really looking forward to getting back there and playing in the SMBC Singapore Open. It will be the perfect way for me to start the season, on a great golf course, where I have great memories and where I know I can win.”

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Proceeds from the sale of passes in the children’s category will be donated to the ARC Children’s Centre. (Image: Paul Lakatos/Sentosa Golf Club)

Jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation, the 2018 SMBC Singapore Open will also see leading players from both the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation go head to head at Sentosa for a prize fund of US$1 million.

With the tee-off less than a month away, tickets are now officially on sale online, and all proceeds from the sale of passes in the children’s category (children aged between 5 and 12 years old) will be donated to the ARC Children’s Centre, the event’s official charity.

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Shatricia Nair
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