via CAAI News Media
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
The Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open will return onto the Asian Tour calendar for its fourth edition from December 9-12, 2010, officials announced today.Johnnie Walker South East Asia General Manager Sam Fischer and Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han believe the continued success of Cambodia's national championship will further spur the growth of the game in the emerging golf nation.
The US$300,000 full-field Asian Tour event was inaugurated in 2007 where it entered Asian golf annals as the first ever professional golf tournament to be held in Cambodia. It will be played once again at the magnificent Phokeethra Country Club. Past champions include American Bryan Saltus (2007), Thai star Thongchai Jaidee (2008) and last year's winner Marcus Both of Australia.
Han said the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open was an important tournament as it portrayed positively on the growth of professional golf within emerging golf nations.
"I would like to laud Johnnie Walker for its unwavering support of the Cambodian Open and professional golf in Asia," said Han. "Through the support of great sponsors, the game will continue to grow within emerging countries in Asia and this will ultimately create the impetus for young players to excel and aspire to become world-class golfers. It is crucial for the Asian Tour to successfully stage tournaments such as the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open as it will provide the nucleus for the game to expand across the region."
This year's championship will serve another wonderful week of golf at the historical city of Siem Reap, which is located close the famous Angkor Wat temples.
Fisher said: "We remain fully committed to the national Open of Cambodia. Professional golf in this country is still very much at its infancy stage and we will continue to support its growth through our title sponsorship of the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open.
"Our short term goal is to generate keen interests amongst the local communities to understand and play the game while the long term dream is for this championship to become the platform for a Cambodian player to eventually triumph in his home Open."
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort & Phokeethra Country Club Managing Director, Supachai Verapuchong said: "We are honoured and privileged that the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open will once again be played at our golf club. Over the past three years, this prestigious event has given Cambodia the opportunity to be portrayed as an international golfing and tourism destination and we are confident the popularity of the sport will continue to thrive.