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Singapore Open to return in September

The Singapore Open will return in September after a four-year absence, with $2 million in prize money making it the Asian Tour's richest golf tournament, officials said on Monday.

Asian Tour chief executive Louis Martin said the tournament, to be staged from September 8-11 at the Sentosa Golf Club, was a major boost for golf in the region.

"The Singapore Open will be the richest ever full-field event on the Asian Tour and underlines our growing strength," Martin said.

"Competing for a prize purse of two million US dollars will give our playing membership a huge boost and elevate the Asian Tour to a new level."

Singapore Golf Association president S. Chandra Das said the Singapore Open had not been held since 2001 because of a lack of corporate sponsorship, however the Sentosa Leisure Group stepped in to back this year's tournament.

"The Singapore is steeped in tradition and it was very sad when it ceased after the 2001 tournament," Das said.

"There was a lack of sponsorship with those companies having money to spend preferring to support charity rather than competitive events."

The announcement came a day after the end of the Singapore Masters, which was jointly sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours and carried total prize money of one million dollars.

Young Englishman Nick Dougherty won the Masters, beating Scotland's Colin Montgomerie and the Netherlands' Maarten Lafeber by five strokes.


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