Monday, 16 June 2014


The Open will generate an estimated £70 million for the Northern Ireland economy
16 June 2014, Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland: The Open Championship is set to return to Northern Ireland for the first time in over 60 years and only the second time in its more than 150-year history.
Royal Portrush has been invited to stage The Open by The R&A and the County Antrim club’s members will now be asked to ratify the proposal to enable preparations to begin for what is expected to be the largest sporting event ever to be held in Northern Ireland.
First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D Robinson MLA, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA and Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster joined Simon Rankin, Captain of Royal Portrush Golf Club, Peter Unsworth, Chairman of The R&A’s Championship Committee, and Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A, in making the announcement at Royal Portrush today.
The Open is golf’s oldest and most international Major Championship. It has a broadcast reach of over 500 million households around the world and a record 4,468 hours of television coverage of The Open Championship at Muirfield was monitored in 2013.  Based on independent research The Championship is likely to deliver a combined economic impact and destination marketing benefit of £70 million for Northern Ireland.
The First Minister Peter Robinson said, “This is wonderful news, not only for Royal Portrush Golf Club, but for the whole of Northern Ireland. The decision to bring The Open back to Northern Ireland is a tremendous vote of confidence in the game here and follows the huge success of the Irish Open in 2012, the first in European Tour history to sell out. The R&A’s decision to invite Portrush to join The Open rota is a ringing endorsement of Northern Ireland and I know we will deliver an event that we can all be proud of.”
The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said, “I welcome the official confirmation today by The R&A that The Open will return to Royal Portrush. This announcement will create much anticipation and excitement as the thought of our local golfers challenging for the Claret Jug on home soil is set to become a reality. Hosting The Open will leave a lasting imprint on Royal Portrush and I wish everyone involved in the planning and preparation every success and assure them of the full support of the Executive.”
The Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster added, “The Open’s arrival on the north coast will tell the world what we already know – that not only is Northern Ireland home to three Major winning golfers, it is home to some of the best courses on the planet. We will pull out all the stops to ensure that – just as we did with the Irish Open - Northern Ireland will stage a world class event that will be long remembered by players and spectators alike.”
The Open was held at Royal Portrush in 1951, when Englishman Max Faulkner lifted the famous Claret Jug after a two-shot victory over Argentina’s Antonio Cerda, on the only occasion it has been played outwith Scotland and England.
Royal Portrush successfully staged the Irish Open in 2012, with more than 130,000 people attending throughout the week, and it has held the Senior Open Championship on six occasions. The Amateur Championship is being played at the Dunluce links for the third time this week.
Peter Unsworth, the Chairman of The R&A’s Championship Committee, said, “Royal Portrush is one of the great links courses and we could not be more excited at bringing The Open back to Northern Ireland. We welcome the support of the Northern Ireland Executive and the various agencies involved who will play a key role in the Championship. There is huge enthusiasm for golf in Northern Ireland and throughout Ireland and we expect fantastic support for The Open when it returns.”
Simon Rankin, Captain of Royal Portrush Golf Club added, “I am sure our members will be delighted to see The Open being played here once again. It will be of great benefit to the club and Northern Ireland as a whole to have the game’s greatest Championship played here. This is a great day in the celebrated history of Irish golf.”

The Open Championship
The 143rd Open Championship will be played at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake from 17-20 July, 2014.
The Open Championship is golf’s oldest Major. Played since 1860 on links golf courses, it is the game’s most international Major Championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.
Organised by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.

Caption: (Left to right) Simon Rankin, Captain Royal Portrush; Peter Unsworth, Chairman of The R&A Championship Committee; Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA; First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D Robinson MLA; Peter Dawson, Chief Executive The R&A; Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Malaysian Golfers Get Exemption Incentive ASIA ONE

PGM is seeking more players- now-Malaysian Golfers Get Exemption Incentive

Nicholas Fung
Nicholas Fung ... top ranked Malaysian
 -  Malaysia's domestic golf tour has introduced exemption categories for any citizen who wins on OneAsia or the ASEAN PGA Tour in a bid to strengthen their fledgling circuit.

The Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour will give Malaysian winners of OneAsia events a four-year exemption, while Malaysian winners of ASEAN PGA Tour events get a three-year exemption.

“The objective of this exempt system is to enable PGM Tour cardholders a longer time for tournament preparation and appearance,"  said YABhg Tun Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid, Chairman, Professional Golf of Malaysia

"It is also hoped that with this system, golfers will be able to secure their sponsorships for a longer period in the interest of the sponsors.

“To date, the pool of available Malaysian golfers to participate in a PGM Tour tournament is between 70-80 golfers.  Compared with some of our neighbouring countries, this number is rather small and needs to be increased by introducing new measures, without sacrificing current standards.

This season the PGM Tour and ASEAN PGA Tour are joint sanctioning the PGM-ASEAN PGA Penang Classic, the  PGM-ASEAN PGA A’Famosa Masters and the PGM-ASEAN PGA Negeri Sembilan Masters.

Nicholas Fung is the top ranked Malaysian player on OneAsia with a best finish of joint 14th at the 2010 Midea China Classic.