Indonesia Open readies for its OneAsia debut

Thongchai Jaidee watches his tee shot during the first round of the Ballantine's Championship.

Thongchai Jaidee watches his tee shot during the first round of the Ballantine's Championship.

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Enjoy Jakarta will continue its association with professional golf in the region as presenting sponsor for the Indonesia Open, which makes its debut on the OneAsia schedule next month.

The Indonesia Open will be played at the Damai Indah Golf - Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) Course on July 1-4 and boast prize money of US$1 million.

The tournament also breaks new ground on the OneAsia playing platform, which has more than doubled in size to 11 tournaments this year with a total of over US$12 million in prize money to be won.

Last year, the event was won by Thai Thongchai Jaidee in Bali and was a co-sanction between the Asian Tour and the European Tour.

As part of OneAsia, the field will predominantly be made up of Koreans, Australians and Chinese, while all the leading Indonesian players are likely to compete. Also taking his place in the starting line-up will be former Japanese No. 1 Shingo Katayama.

The Indonesia Open was first played in 1974 when the legendary Ben Arda of the Philippines won the title. Arda, the first Filipino to play in the Masters, was followed into the winner’s circle by prominent names such American Payne Stewart (1981) and New Zealander Frank Nobilo (1994 and 1997).

“We are delighted that everything is now in place for this year’s Indonesia Open presented by Enjoy Jakarta. We have a great sponsor and an outstanding venue plus a bright future now that we are part of OneAsia,” said Arifin Panigoro, President of the Indonesian Golf Association (PGI).

It will be the fifth event on the 2010 schedule for OneAsia, which was founded last year by the China Golf Association, the PGA of Australia, the Korean Golf Association and the Korea Golf Tour.

The tournament returns to the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed PIK Course at Damai Indah, where Mikko Ilonen of Finland lifted the silverware in 2007.

The Indonesia Open is jointly promoted by World Sport Group and Global One with full coverage to be showcased on OneAsia's television platform with live coverage for four hours a day across all four tournament days.

OneAsia contributed to this report

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