Three leaders at the Singapore Classic 2024

At the Laguna National Golf Resort Club in Singapore, the Singapore Classic, a tournament on the DP World Tour, began well for Andrea Pavan.

by Andrea Gussoni
Three leaders at the Singapore Classic 2024
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At the Laguna National Golf Resort Club in Singapore, the Singapore Classic, a tournament on the DP World Tour, began well for Andrea Pavan. The Roman closed the first round in 5th place with a score of 66 (-6), just two shots behind the leaders, Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, England's Jordan Smith, and Malaysia's Gavin Green, who all posted scores of 64 (-8).

Behind them, in 4th place with 65 (-7), is Frenchman Ugo Coussaud. Alongside Pavan, who made eight birdies, including seven in the first 13 holes played, with two bogeys, are also Scottish player Grant Forrest, German Freddy Schott, and British player Richard Mansell.

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In Singapore, in the first event of the Asian Swing, Francesco Laporta also had a good start, ranking 21st with 68 (-4). Following closely behind the Apulian, both tied for 31st with 69 (-3), are Roman Filippo Celli and Venetian Guido Migliozzi.

The South African Ockie Strydom, defending his only title won on the circuit in 2023, also scored 69 (-3). Further back, in 45th place with 70 (-2), is the Turin native Edoardo Molinari, while Lorenzo Scalise is 86th with 72 (par).

The start was more challenging for Renato Paratore and Matteo Manassero, tied for 105th with 74 (+2). Despite a strong start for Manassero, who had three birdies and a bogey in the first four holes, he lost ground later in the round.

The competition, now in its second edition, offers a total prize purse of $2.5 million, with $425,000 going to the winner. Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island country and city-state located in maritime Southeast Asia.

Situated approximately 137 kilometers (85 miles) north of the equator, it is positioned off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Singapore shares maritime borders with the Strait of Malacca to the west, the Singapore Strait to the south (along with the Riau Islands in Indonesia), and the South China Sea to the east.

To the north, it is bordered by the Straits of Johor, along with the State of Johor in Malaysia. The territory of Singapore comprises one main island, along with 63 satellite islands and islets, as well as one outlying islet.

Over the years, the combined area of these land masses has expanded by approximately 25% due to extensive land reclamation projects. Known for its high population density, Singapore has the second highest population density of any country globally.

However, the city-state also boasts numerous green and recreational spaces as a result of meticulous urban planning. Singapore is characterized by its multicultural population, with a diverse mix of ethnicities. In acknowledgment of the cultural identities of its major ethnic groups, the nation recognizes four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil.

English serves as the lingua franca, predominantly used in various public services. The principle of multi-racialism is embedded in Singapore's constitution and continues to influence national policies across various sectors such as education, housing, and politics.

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