Selasa, 26 Juli 2011

Golf Iskandar Johor Open 2011

Golf Iskandar Johor Open 2011 (IJO)
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THE field for the Iskandar Johor Open gets better and better as the organisers announced yesterday the confirmation of three-time major winner, Padraig Harrington and Europe's 2010 Ryder Cup captain, Colin Montgomerie for the US$1.25 million (RM4 million) championship at Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club on Oct 14-17.

Together with defending champion K.J. Choi of South Korea and South African Retief Goosen, these celebrated European Tour stalwarts will lead an impressive line-up of international players in one of Malaysia's biggest and richest professional golf championships.

"The field for the Iskandar Johor Open is shaping up impressively with the confirmation of Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie. With K.J. Choi and Retief Goosen already set to rekindle their rivalry this October, this surely is going to be one of the most exciting weeks of golf in Malaysia," said Chairman of the organizing committee and Menteri Besar of Johor, Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

Iskandar Regional Development Authority Chief Executive Ismail Ibrahim added: "We are truly excited to welcome the star quartet to the championship. The participation of these luminaries of world golf will certainly bolster the profile of the Iskandar Johor Open as one of the leading and most exciting golf championships in the region."

The hardworking Harrington, who will turn 39 on Aug 31 this year, is no stranger to Malaysian golf fans, having played in the Malaysian Open for a number of years. His most notable finish in Malaysia was in 2001 when he lost in a playoff to Vijay Singh.

Since then, the affable Irishman has gone on to greater heights, capturing three major championship titles including consecutive British Open titles in 2007 and 2008, making him the first European since James Braid in 1906 to successfully defend the Open. Harrington went on to create another slice of golf history with his victory in the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills in 2008 which made him the first European to win the Wanamaker Trophy since Scotland's Tommy Armour in 1930.

"I've played in Malaysia a number of times but never in Johor and I'm thrilled with the prospect of playing against some of the world's best players in the Iskandar Johor Open. It has been a few years since I last played in Malaysia and I'm looking forward to returning to the country which holds many fond memories for me," said Harrington who is currently ranked 18 on the World Ranking.

With 31 European Tour victories, Montgomerie is certainly one of the world's most successful players. Having been the bedrock of Europe's Ryder Cup team for a good part of two decades, the Scot has stepped up to the plate and will captain the continent to another Ryder Cup showdown against the Americans on Oct 1. Like Harrington, Montgomerie will also be making his first appearance at the Iskandar Johor Open.

For Goosen, the Iskandar Johor Open this year will mark his third appearance in the championship and he will return with many good memories. In 2008, the two-time major champion ended a frustrating 21-month title drought with a magnificent two-stroke victory at the Johor Country Club that extended his proud winning record of having won at least an individual or team title since 1995.

Choi needs no introduction to the local golf fans. Promising a career revival at the start of the championship last year, he kept to his words with a final round 64 for a three-day total of 20-under-par 196 to win the championship that was reduced to 54 holes due to inclement weather. His superb play aside, Choi is remembered for his generosity in donating his winnings to six Johor-based charities.

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