‘I have a plan’: Pengeluaruan wins $15.3M payout for Singapore win in Singapore
“I have been waiting for the right moment to make this win,” Pengeluiaro said in a statement.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this great Singaporean family and am thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Singles’ Day celebrations.”
He also thanked his teammates for their support and dedication during the three-month competition, saying that they “had to push through all the challenges and obstacles that have come up in the last three months to achieve this result.”
The winner, Pengeluri, won $15,944,100, or about $15 million, after collecting the highest percentage of total prize money at $5,636,735, according to the Singaporean Press Council.
That’s more than the total earnings of all five men in the Top 10 of the World Tour’s men’s singles rankings: Peter, Alex, Rafael, Kevin and Kevin Steen.
The $15M payout is the first for a Singaporean in history.
The prize was first awarded to Pengeliaro by the Singapore government in 2013 for a three-week tournament that included Singapore’s highest ranking players.
The Singaporean Open is one of the oldest in the world.
It’s the first year the event has been held in the country’s capital city, and the only one to feature a single-elimination playoff format.
Singaporeans can participate in the Open as a single event, which allows players from all over the country to compete in a single tournament.
That way, a single team will have more chances to qualify for the Open.
For the first time in the tournament’s history, Singaporeans also will have the option of competing in two separate events: one on Sunday, Jan. 31 and another on Monday, Jan: 28.
The winner of the $15 Million Singles Championship will be announced at a later date.