Garcia heads back to SMBC Singapore Open
Sentosa, Singapore, September 18: Major champion and crowd favourite Sergio Garcia will defend his title at the SMBC Singapore Open next January, organisers confirmed today.
The 2019 SMBC Singapore Open, to be played at Sentosa Golf Club from January 17 to 20, will again be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation with a prize fund of at least US$1 million.
The tournament will also be part of The Open Qualifying Series for the third straight season with the leading four non-exempt players booking their places for the 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club, in Northern Ireland, from July 18 to 21.
In a nod to Garcia’s huge talent and priceless experience, Europe captain Thomas Bjørn chose the Spaniard as one of his captain’s picks for the upcoming Ryder Cup against the United States at Le Golf National, Paris, from September 28 to 30.
Garcia has repeatedly proven himself a great team player with starring roles in the Ryder Cup. He was a member of the Europe Ryder Cup team in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016 with five of his appearances resulting in victories.
“It feels amazing. I’m very thankful to Thomas (Bjørn) for believing in me. I know that it probably wasn’t an easy decision, but he knows what I bring to the team, not only game-wise but inside the team room,” he said.