The BNI Indonesian Masters returns to Royale Jakarta Golf Club this week for the ninth straight year. Can Poom Saksansin capture his third event title in four years?
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Thailand’s Poom Saksansin defeated countryman Jazz Janewattananond by three shots last year, reaching 20-under-par 268.
COURSE: Royale Jakarta Golf Club opened in 2008 and was designed by Robert Moore Jr and JMP Group. There are three nine-hole courses on the property – North, South and West – with the tournament course (6,731-metre par-72) made up by the South and West nines.
AUSSIES IN THE FIELD: Adam Blyth, Sam Brazel, Andrew Dodt, Daniel Fox, Marcus Fraser, David Gleeson, Scott Hend, Jake Higginbottom, Steven Jeffress, Andrew Martin, Terry Pilkadaris, Travis Smyth and Josh Younger.
PLAYERS TO WATCH ...
Defending champion Poom Saksansin clearly has an affinity for the layout at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, winning here in 2016, finishing 36th in 2017 and winning again in 2018. The World No.375 is back in form, too, sharing 21st place at the Thailand Open last month after missing three straight cuts in the weeks prior.
How can you look past Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Jazz Janewattananond this week? The 24-year-old Thai keeps on getting better and better and could be considered unlucky not to be playing in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne this week.
Janewattananond finished runner-up to Saksansin at Royale Jakarta last year – and he has quite an impressive career record here: T17 (2017); T15 (2015); T5 (2014); and T33 (2013).
72-HOLE RECORD: Englishman Justin Rose shot 29-under-par 259 in 2017.
AUSSIE WINNERS: No previous Australian winners.
Round 1: Thursday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 4pm – 9pm)
Round 2: Friday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 4pm – 9pm)
Round 3: Saturday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 2pm – 7pm)
Round 4: Sunday (Fox Sports 506 LIVE 2pm – 7pm)
*AEDT, check local guides