Asian Tour still can’t kick off as Singapore Open is cancelled

PETALING JAYA: The PGA and European Tours have kicked off but the Asian Tour are still struggling to piece together their programmes for the 2021 golf season.

Yesterday, the Asian Tour’s schedule was dealt another blow when the organisers of the SMBC Singapore Open announced that the event for this year has been called off.

The Singapore Open is traditionally the season-opening Asian Tour tournament but the organisers had to cancel it in light of health and safety concerns due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The US$1mil (RM4.2mil) event, jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation, has been held each January on the Serapong Course at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

Staging the Singapore Open could have been challenging in terms of logistics even without fans in attendance.

Such an event will involve close to 900 people, ranging from players, caddies, officials, volunteers and crew members.

“It is truly a shame that the tournament won’t be held this year. We have been involved in the discussions throughout the planning process and are fully supportive of the difficult decision that has been made by the organisers Sportfive, ” said Singapore Golf Association president Ross Tan.

“We shall all look forward to the return of the SMBC Singapore Open in 2022.”

The 2020 edition took place from Jan 16-19 and was the last big international event in Singapore before the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in cancellations of major golf events around the world.

American Matt Kuchar pulled off a stunning comeback in the final round to win the tournament.