Categorized | 2014, March 2014, News, On Tour

Daly to Light Up Indonesia PGA Championship

By: One Asia

John Daly

John Daly

JAKARTA — Two-time Major winner John Daly will be one of the star attractions at next month’s Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship, which has also been boosted by the participation of the Indonesia Port Corporation as a presenting sponsor for the first time.

Adding to the spectacle is the fact that the US$1 million tournament — to be played from March 27 to 30 at Damai Indah Golf, Bumi Serpong Damai — will again be jointly sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation, and is the opening tournament of the 2014 season for both.

A stellar field is expected for the now officially titled ‘Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia PGA Championship, presented by Indonesia Port Corporation’, with defending champion Choi Ho-sung from Korea leading the charge.

Australian Andre Stolz beat Indonesian number one Rory Hie by a shot to win the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2011.

American Daly, nicknamed ‘Wild Thing’, is sure to be a huge draw on his debut and likely to thrill the crowds with his trademark big hitting.

The 47-year-old’s two greatest accomplishments are his ‘zero to hero’ victory in the 1991 PGA Championship, and his playoff victory over Italian Costantino Rocca in the 1995 Open Championship.

According to official performance statistics kept since 1980, Daly  in 1997 became the first US PGA Tour player to average more than 300 yards (270 metres) per drive over a full season — a feat he repeated every year between 1999 and 2008. It was only matched by a second player in 2003.

Enjoy Jakarta, the capital territory’s tourism portal, is an enthusiastic and generous supporter of golf in Indonesia and delighted to be continuing backing the country’s richest tournament.

“With comprehensive regional television coverage, a world class field and an outstanding venue, Enjoy Jakarta’s partnership with the Indonesia PGA Championship reaps huge reward,” said Joko Widodo, the Governor of Jakarta.

“Through this tournament we are able to showcase to the region the wonderful appeal that our nation’s capital boasts and its tremendous value as a golfing destination.” The event marks the first time the Indonesia Port Corporation, the state body responsible for the governance, regulation, maintenance of maritime berths and harbours across the country, has sponsored a golf tournament.

“This tournament provides us with a great opportunity to promote our services throughout Asia,” said R.J. Lino, CEO of the IPC.

“One of our key corporate values is integrity, and this is certainly evident by our decision to sponsor the Indonesia PGA Championship — an outstanding sporting event that our country can be proud of.”

Damai Indah Golf, the brainchild of Indonesian real estate developer and business baron Ciputra — who like many Indonesians uses only one name — consists of two international championship courses in completely different and challenging surroundings. Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) is located in the West Java satellite city of the same name, while and Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) rests along the Java Sea in North Jakarta.

Bumi Serpong Damai, affectionately known by locals as ‘BSD’, is situated alongside the impressive Cisadane River with the up-market housing estates of Serpong providing an impressive backdrop.

Tournament will be promoted by World Sport Group (WSG) for a third time, drawing on their vast experience in sponsorship, media and event management to ensure an outstanding event is staged.

WSG also promote the Emirates Australian Open, the Thailand Open and the Singapore Open.

About One Asia

OneAsia is a non-profit organisation developed to maximize tournament opportunities for the best players in the Asia-Pacific region. The founding members of OneAsia are the China Golf Association, the Korea Golf Tour, the Korea Golf Association and the PGA of Australia. Our elite suite of tournaments includes the national Opens of Australia, China, Korea and Thailand, as well as numerous other prestigious events.

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