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‘The Fantastic Four’ all set for the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters 2014

By: Simon Reynolds

Asia’s number one Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Asia’s number one Kiradech Aphibarnrat – photo courtesy of Asian Tour

Jakarta — Indonesian golf fans can look forward to watching reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and 2010 British Open Champion, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Matsters, which tees off at Royale Jakarta Golf Club from April 24 – 27 2014.

“We are very pleased to hear that Louis Oosthuizen and Kiradech Aphibarnrat have signed up to play in the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters 2014. It is indeed fantastic to have such high calibre of professional golfers from both the European Tour and Asian Tour choosing our event to be part of their schedule,” said Wan Razly Abdullah, Strategy & Finance Director of PT Bank CIMB Niaga tbk (CIMB Niaga).

Oosthuizen, who is ranked #33 in the OWG rankings, is believed to have one of the finest swings in golf, like his fellow South African Ernie Els. Oosthuizen secured his place in the history books with a commanding seven-stroke victory at the 139th Open Championship in 2010 at St. Andrews, Scotland, joining the list of other great South African Open Champions, Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Ernie Els.

2010 Open Champion - Louis Oosthuizen

2010 Open Champion: Louis Oosthuizen – photo courtesy of Today’s Golfer

Louis was very close to adding to his first major win at the 2012 Masters, losing out to Bubba Watson in a play-off. He will be remembered for his spectacular albatross in the final round at Augusta National — the first ever recorded on the 575-yard par five, second hole — with a 253-yard four iron.

Kiradech, is ranked #67 in the OWG rankings after a strong 2013 winning the Maybank Malaysian Open, along with several high profile top five finishes on the Asian Tour. He also took the Asian Tour Order of Merit title amassing $1,127,855.61 in prize money, nearly twice us much as Scott Hend who finished 2nd.

Interestingly, he is only the second player in the history of the Asian Tour to win over $1 million in prize money over one season since India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, previously.

The highlight of Kiradech’s 2013 season was coming 3rd at the CIMB Classic, Asia’s very first PGA Tour sanctioned event, beating many of the world of golf’s very best players; Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Graham DeLaet amongst a whole host of top PGA professionals who turned out for the event.

The announcement of these two high profile golfers will entice golf fans to the event at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, joining defending Champion Bernd Weisberger and Asia’s captain in the upcoming Eurasia Cup Team Europe, Thongchai Jaidee. These four fantastic golfers will raise the bar for this year’s event, competing for US$ 750,000 in total prize money.

BMW Indonesia confirmed itself as an official partner and Official Automobile Partner of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Matsters, the second year that BMW Indonesia will partner with this event. The 156-man field will have their eyes on the exceptional hole-in-one prize of the all-new BMW X5.

They join a list of other tournament sponsors for the event; Telkomsel, Noble Group, National Energy Company, Pertamina, Garuda Indonesia, OB Golf & Lifestyle Magazine, Salonpas, Linc Group, Rolex, JS Luwansa, SvinGolf, San Miguel, as well as eyewear and clothing specialist Oakley.

The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters also focuses on giving back to the community through its charity initiatives together with Habitat for Humanity Indonesia. To date, the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters has managed to build 31 homes for families in need and together with Pertamina, built a clean water solution for over 10,000 people in the Cilamaya area.

About Simon Reynolds

Simon fell in love with the game of golf at an early age. Watching Happy Gilmore when he was 12, Simon was hooked, and to this day thanks Adam Sandler's genius in the film for his passion for the game. His golfing hero is more refined and mature these days, and he continues his spiritual quest to model his golf game on Ben Hogan's perfect golf swing.

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