The European Tour travels to Singapore this week for The Championship at Laguna National. Formerly known as The Ballantine’s Championship, Brett Rumford is the defending champion.

Lowdown:
The European Tour travels to Singapore this week for The Championship at Laguna National. Formerly known as The Ballantine’s Championship, Brett Rumford is the defending champion.

This event was first contested in 2008 when Graeme McDowell was victorious at Pinx GC in South Korea. The event has been held five further times in South Korea with Thongchai Jaidee, Marcus Fraser, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger and Brett Rumford the champions.

Last season, Australia’s Brett Rumford eagled the first extra hole to win a playoff against compatriot Marcus Fraser and Scotland’s Peter Whiteford.

This year, the event is being staged by the Laguna National G&CC in Singapore. It’s a return to the island country for the European Tour which co-sanctioned the Singapore Masters with the Asian Tour between 2002 and 2007, and the Singapore Opens of 2009-2012.

The Masters Course at Laguna National is an Andy Dye design and has been used a number of times on the European Tour as host venue for the Singapore Masters.

The weather forecast for this week looks decidedly unsettled with heavy rain and possible thunderstorms Thursday to Sunday. It’s almost certain that there will be some delays to the play through the course of the tournament.

Venue: Laguna National G&CC, Tampines, Singapore
Date: May 1-4
Course stats: par 72, 7,207 yards
Purse: €1,100,000 Winner: €180,531
Defending Champion: Brett Rumford (-11)

Player Watch:
Tommy Fleetwood – Second in the Volvo China Open, Fleetwood will look to continue that good form this week.

Andy Sullivan – Second in Morocco then tied 13th in Malaysia and tied 8th in China, the Englishman is closing in on a maiden tour victory.

Anders Hansen – The experienced Dane was tied fifth last week and he closed with a round of 63. He might use that as a confidence boost to kick on this week.

Key hole: 17th. A par 3 of just over 200 yards played to a peninsula green – very close to being an island. When the pressure mounts on Sunday, it will be extremely demanding to find the putting surface.