This November 9 to 12, Resorts World Manila Masters returns for its fifth year as part of the Asian Tour, Asia’s prestigious men’s professional golf tour. But this year’s run will be the most special yet. Not only is it Resort World Manila Masters’ final edition, this tournament will also serve as a fundraising initiative for the those who were affected at last June’s unfortunate incident at Resorts World Manila. Proceeds from the fundraising will be going to the children and dependents of those who were lost in the incident.
Stephen Reilly, Chief Operations Officer of Resorts World Manila, shares: “This fifth edition of the Resorts World Manila Masters holds a special place in our hearts. Not only is it the final edition of the RWM Masters, it is also in loving memory of the employees and guests we lost during a senseless incident in June. By integrating a charity component into the tournament this year, we stand by our commitment to honor our dear departed whilst helping those they left behind move forward.”
Stephen Reilly, Resorts World Manila COO
(L-R) Asian Tour’s Commercial Director Jeff Kimble, Resorts World Manila COO Stephen Reilly, and Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club Chairman Robert Sobrepeña
Reilly was present at the Manila Masters’ press conference along with Asian Tour’s Commercial Director, Jeff Kimble, and Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club Chairman, Robert Sobrepeña.
CEO of the Asian Tour, Josh Burack, also expressed his support to Resorts World Manila Masters’ charity efforts: “The Asian Tour players are committed to support this wonderful initiative. As we visit so many countries around the world to compete every year and showcase our players’ talents, it is also our responsibility to support the local communities during challenging times. ”
But who will take home the coveted Manila Masters’ title this year? Aside from the elegant Masters’ jacket and trophy, the Resorts World Manila Masters champion will take home a 180,000 USD winner’s cheque and will be granted a minimum of 14 points to the Official World Golf Ranking.
The Masters jacket
The Resorts World Manila Masters trophy
Participating nationalities come from all over Asia. India’s Shiv Chawrasia is Manila Masters current defending champion, winning the tournament in 2016. Past winners are Natipong Srithong from Thailand in 2015, Mardan Mamat from Singapore in 2014, and Lian Wen-Chong from China in 2013, Manila Masters’ debut year.
Could this be the Philippines’ year to take the title? Some of the country’s best golfers are tipped to compete for this year’s run—Angelo Que, Miguel Tabuena and Antonio Lascuna—to name a few. Could one of them be the 2017’s Master?
Come November, we will find out.
See more photos from the Manila Masters launch here:
Robert Sobrepeña, Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club Chairman
Jeff Kimble, Asian Tour Commercial Director
Mutya ng Pilipinas contestants with the Manila Masters heads
Resorts World Manila Masters will take place in its official home at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club from November 9 to 12, 2017.
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