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Singapore steps in to host Asian Tour event, as Indonesia Open postponed

Golf’s Asian Tour has confirmed that Singapore will this year host a new event after organisers of the Indonesia Open requested their tournament be postponed.

The World Classic Championship will take place at Singapore's Laguna National Golf and Country Club from November 12-15. A total of 144 players will compete for a prize of $750,000 (€671,000).

Singapore’s hosting of the World Classic Championship marks the second time in the space of two years that the Laguna Club (pictured) has stepped in to stage an event on the Asian Tour. The facility last year also played host to The Championship due to “staging issues” at its original venue in South Korea.

“It’s fantastic that our players will have another opportunity to return to Singapore to compete at the World Classic Championship at Laguna National,” Asian Tour chief executive Mike Kerr said. “We are grateful to our partners IMG and the management at Laguna National Golf and Country Club for their commitment and support towards this event.”

Confirmation of the new tournament comes after organisers of the Indonesia Open issued a request to the Asian Tour that its event be postponed. The Indonesia Open, won last year by Padraig Harrington, will now take place in 2016.

Despite having postponed the tournament, organisers issued a statement today (Friday) saying that they are committed to hosting future editions of the event. The statement read: “The organisers of the Indonesia Open remain committed to hosting the event on the Asian Tour in the near future and we look forward to working with them for the betterment of the game in Indonesia and around Asia.”