To be played from January 8 to 11 it will return to Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club with the support of its mainstay sponsor Sabah Tourism Board (STB).
Boasting prize money of US$75,000 it will play a decisive role in determining who wins the Order of Merit title.
This year Filipino Antonio Lascuna lifted the Sabah Masters trophy and ended a long frustrating wait for his first win on the ASEAN PGA Tour. He beat pre-tournament favourite Mardan Mamat from Singapore on the third hole of a sudden-death play-off.
The two players are expected to return along with a wealth of leading players from the region including Sabah’s very own Nicholas Fung, the reigning ASEAN PGA Order of Merit champion. Fung finished eighth this year and joint second the previous season.
“The Sabah Masters is a wonderful tournament that allows Sabah Tourism Board to show to our region the huge appeal of Kota Kinabalu and Sabah,” said Datuk Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Cultural & Environment, Sabah.
“Sabah is recognized as a leading destination for golfers and tourists. It is an idyllic place to visit and we are thrilled that many of Southeast Asia’s best professionals will play in what is essentially the ASEAN PGA Tour’s Tour championship.”
The Sabah Masters was revived in 2011 after a gap of 10 years and saw Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat triumph.
The tournament has a storied history with some great names having won the title including Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant in 1996.
This will mark the third successive season Sutera Harbour has hosted the tournament. However, it was also staged at the impressive venue in 1999 when American Robert Huxtable triumphed.
The 384-acre resort provides a spectacular array of activities including luxurious five-star hotels, a championship golf course, a marina and other recreational facilities.
Designed by leading golf course designer Graham Marsh, Sutera Harbour boasts 27 holes for day and night golfing and has garnered various awards of distinction.
“Sutera Harbour felt the past two Sabah Masters were a tremendous success and we are thoroughly looking forward to the next edition. The tournament allows us to watch some of the region’s finest professionals compete on a course that we are very proud of while at the same time showcasing the many other treats that Sutera Harbour has to offer,” said Howie Roberts, General Manager, Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club.
At the resort the elegant business setting of The Pacific Sutera Hotel is complemented by the ambience of The Magellan Sutera Resort, offering a total of 956 guest rooms and suites of luxurious comfort.
“Sabah’s reputation as one of the strongholds of Malaysian golf is sure to be enhanced by another fine edition of their prestigious tournament. It is extremely rewarding to see the Sabah Master continue its’ revival and particularly as the ASEAN PGA Tour’s season ending event,” said , Executive Chairman, ASEAN PGA.
World Sport Group, the official commercial partner for the ASEAN PGA, will promote the event for the third successive time and as part of this relationship they will produce a one-hour highlight show that will be broadcast on FOX Sports.