By Asian Tour
Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand has committed for the US$500,000 full field Asian Tour event which will be staged at the Pondok Indah Golf Course, located right in the heart of Jakarta for the fourth consecutive year.
The Bank BRI Indonesia Open will celebrate its 39th anniversary this year and its illustrious roll of honour include India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar, who won the event twice in 2013 and 2016, as well as Ireland’s Padraig Harrington and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.
The Indonesia Open has also been credited for being the springboard to success for many of the Asian Tour’s players including past champions such as Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat and South Africa’s Justin Harding.
Harding announced his arrival on the Asian Tour when he won the Bank BRI Indonesia Open after he receiving an invitation to the event by virtue of his brilliant form on the Sunshine Tour.
The South African would immediately go on to win his next Asian Tour in Thailand a fortnight later and end the 2018 season in third place on the Order of Merit.
Their victories at the Indonesia Open have paved the way for them to go on and achieve greater success on the international stage.
This year, four players from the Sunshine Tour- Sweden’s Philip Eriksson and the South African trio of JC Ritchie, Daniel Van Tonder and Neil Schietekat have been extended invitations to the Bank BRI Indonesia Open and expectations will be high for them to emulate the footsteps of Harding.
Mr. Suprajarto, President Director of Bank BRI said “We are delighted to be the presenting title sponsor for one of the biggest golf tournaments in Indonesia once again. We had sponsored this event for the past couple years and based on our experience, sponsoring this event has yielded some fruitful results for Bank BRI. We expect our support will encourage the development of Indonesia’s sport industry in general, especially for Indonesia’s golf players.”
Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO of the Asian Tour said, “The Asian Tour is pleased to be back in Indonesia for the country’s most historic golf tournament as the Indonesia Open has always been one of the most popular events on our schedule.
“I am confident the 39th edition of the Bank BRI Indonesia Open will be another huge success and highlight on Asia’s sporting calendar.”
The Bank BRI Indonesia Open is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Indonesia Golf Association and is also supported by the following sponsors- Batik Air, Pertamina, Telkom Indonesia, Wika, PP Construction & Investment, BRI Life, BRI Agro and BRINS.