First played in 1974, the tournament boasts an impressive list of winners including major champions Payne Stewart and Padraig Harrington and a host of Australian professionals.

Initially part of the Asia Golf Circuit (the forerunner to the Asian Tour) the tournament has at various times been co-sanctioned with the European Tour and also briefly part of the OneAsia Tour.

Covid has meant the tournament hasn’t been played since 2019 but makes a pleasing return to the calendar this year.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Miguel Angel Carballo (2019)

COURSE: ‘Unusual’ might be the best way to describe this Robert Trent Jones Junior design located close to Jakarta.

Because space is at a premium, the Pondok Indah Golf Course was built in a circular fashion with the ‘outer’ circle making up the front nine and the ‘inner’ circle the inward half.

RIGHT: Former PGA Tour player Miguel Angel Cabarllo triumphed here the last time the event was played in 2019. PHOTO: Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

Part of one of Indonesia’s most upscale housing developments, there are homes both in the centre of the course and around the outside perimeter making it one of the more unorthodox layouts to host a professional event.

Not unexpectedly, the holes tend on the narrow side with a premium on straight hitting to set up scoring chances.

Adding to the challenge is a creek snaking its way throughout the course and coming into play on several holes including the cape style par-5 18th.

A field of this calibre shouldn’t have too much trouble finding scoring opportunities and a tight tournament is to be expected.


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PLAYERS TO WATCH: With a relatively small purse few of the Tour’s biggest names will be making the trip to Indonesia meaning an excellent opportunity for some of the lesser lights to shine.

Several of the Order of Merit top-10 are playing the LIV Golf events and taking a break this week although leader Sihwan Kim is on hand to try to strengthen his hold at the top.

After a blistering start to the season Kim has cooled off with missed cuts in each of his last two starts.

Asian Tour No.1 Sihwan Kim returns to the circuit with the hopes of returning to his early season form. PHOTO: Harry How/Getty Images.

Admittedly one of those was the 150th Open at St Andrews, a clear step up in both class and venue and Kim was understandably out of his depth there.

The American will be hoping to put a stranglehold on top spot on the Order of Merit this week with just four events remaining on the schedule.

Among others looking to cash in are Australia’s Todd Sinnott who continues his journey back from injury and currently sits 17th on the Order of Merit.

The long hitting Victorian is playing on a medical exemption and while he hasn’t yet been at his best this season, he has been far from poor.

He’s made six of seven cuts and while his form has been somewhat erratic, he has posted some good scores.

Others worth looking out for are former PGA Tour player Bio Kim and Order of Merit No.5 Minkyu Kim.

72-HOLE RECORD: 262 (Felipe Aguilar, 2008)

PAST AUSSIE WINNERS: Nick Cullen (2012), Craig Parry (1997), Wayne Smith (1987), Terry Gale (1984)

AUSTRALIANS IN THE FIELD: Aaron Pike, Andrew Dodt, Daniel Nisbet, Todd Sinnott, Terry Pilkadaris, Jake Higginbottom, Josh Younger, Daniel Fox, Kevin Yuan, Cory Crawford, Sam Brazel, Scott Strange and Ben Eccles,