Spiderman joins Asia Pacific Classic fray


KUALA LUMPUR: Colombian ace Camilo Villegas has confirmed his participation in this year’s CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, which will be held at the Mines Resort and Golf Club from Oct 27-30.

Nicknamed ‘Spiderman’ because of his unique way of reading the greens, Villegas won back-to-back FedExCup tournaments in 2008 – the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship, en route to rounding off a hugely successful season.

Last year, the 29-year-old Colombian won his third PGA Tour title when he clinched the Honda Classic.

This season, he has secured four top-10s and was in contention for the FedEx Cup until the BMW Championships at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, Illinois.

Villegas will start the US$6.1mil Asia Pacific Classic as one of the players to watch out for.

Joining Villegas at The Mines will be, among others, Vijay Singh and Brandt Snedeker.

Vijay’s appearance at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic will be warmly welcomed by Malaysian golf fans.

Vijay has deep roots in Malaysia and has himself won the 2008 FedEx Cup. On the back of a hugely successful 2011 season, Vijay, who resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, has over 50 career wins and will certainly be one of the more experienced hands in the field come October.

Snedeker, the 2007 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, beat Luke Donald in a sudden-death playoff for The Heritage title at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head in South Carolina in April.

Defending champion Ben Crane, former US Open and Masters champion Angel Cabrera and 2009 British Open champion Stewart Cink will also be teeing off at the Mines.

Effendy Shahul Hamid, Head, Group Marketing and Communications, CIMB Group, said they were pleased with the momentum going into the tournament at the end of October.

“Things are on track and shaping up nicely for the tournament. The inclusion of Camilo Villegas, Brandt Snedeker and Vijay Singh speaks volumes for the profile of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic.”

The CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia is Southeast Asia’s biggest and richest tournament, featuring 48 players – 30 from the PGA Tour, 10 from the Asian Tour, two Malaysians and six sponsors’ exemptions.

The winner will walk away with a cool US$1.3mil.

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