THE Philippines will play host to a world-class golf championship for the next five years as a result of a new deal sealed between Resorts World Manila and Asian Tour to title sponsor a US$750,000 tournament.
Scheduled to take place from November 14 to 17, all four rounds of the Resorts World Manila Masters will be staged at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club as well as broadcast live on Asian Tour’s global television platform to reach over 200 countries.
The deal is Resorts World Manila’s first sponsorship on the Asian Tour and will attract top stars such as the Philippines’ Angelo Que, Juvic Pagunsan and Frankie Minoza.
It is hoped that the event will give the country’s golfing scene and tourism sector a boost.
Steve Reilly, COO, Resorts World Manila, said: “As this is a five-year agreement, we have every desire to grow the Resorts World Manila Masters into a sporting extravaganza that will entertain golf fans and television viewers from around the world. We want our event to be the golfing pride of the Philippines, hence the long-term agreement with Asian Tour.”
“We recognise the need for Resorts World Manila to fully support junior golf programmes in our country. With golf returning to the Olympics in three years’ time, we hope to play a role in ensuring that the Philippines will be represented in golf,” he added.
Asian Tour is the official sanctioning body for professional golf in the region.