McIlroy, Scott confirmed for Singapore Open

World number one Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland will grace the fairways of the Barclays Singapore Open this year along with Australia’s Adam Scott, a three-time winner of the event, and American star Phil Mickelson.

The three golfing powerhouses, along with a wealth of other marquee names, will compete in the US$6 million event at Sentosa Golf Club from November 8 to 11, 2012.

Adam Scott Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Their sights will be set on the US$1 million winners’ cheque in a tournament that was first to firmly establish itself as “Asia’s Major”.

McIlroy will arrive in the Lion’s City on the crest of a wave having claimed the US PGA Championship in August which allowed him to regain top spot on the Official World Golf Ranking.

It was his second win in a Major championship after his success in last year’s US Open.

The 23-year-old won both titles by a staggering eight shots and his explosive driving and deft touch will no doubt be in full effect at the Barclays Singapore Open – which will be joint-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour.

He played in the tournament in 2008, a year after turning professional, and finished joint fourth.

On Sunday he emphatically cemented his position as the world’s top golfer by winning the BMW Championship for his third victory in four outings on the US PGA Tour.

Scott has made Singapore’s national Open his very own having won it a record three times in 2005, 2006 and 2010. He was also third in 2007 and equal third in 2009.

The world number six came narrowly close this year to winning his first Major when he led the Open Championship by four strokes with four holes to play but lost by a single stroke to South African Ernie Els.

Four-time Major winner Mickelson has competed in the last five Barclays Singapore Opens with his best finish coming in 2008 when he finished ninth.

With three US Masters titles to his credit plus one US PGA Championship he will be eager to finally conquer Sentosa’s famous Serapong Course.

Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano triumphed in the Barclays Singapore Open last year after he pipped Filipino Juvic Pagunsan to the title by draining a 10-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole on Monday.

The duo ended the weather-shortened tournament tied on 14-under-par 199 after the third and final round on Sunday but thunderstorms thwarted attempts to finish the playoff.

When play finally resumed early on Monday morning, it was the 31-year-old Spaniard who got the better of the man from the Philippines on the second playoff hole.

Both players are expected to return this year.