Taipei, October 3: Paul Peterson of the United States believes he is inching closer towards a first Asian Tour win as he heads to the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) next week.
The left-handed American will be joined by an elite cast who include Chapchai Nirat of Thailand, a four-time Asian Tour winner, defending champion Prom Meesawat and PGA Tour winner Daniel Chopra of Sweden at the US$500,000 Asian Tour event.
“I think I’m really close to breaking through” – Paul Peterson
Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines, who finished runner-up last year after losing in a play-off, Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka and Lionel Weber of France will also feature at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
Lin Wen-tang, a six-time Asian Tour winner, Chan Shih-chang, Lu Wei-chih, Hsieh Chi-hsien and Chan Yih-shin are among the local stars aiming for glory on home soil.
Peterson, ranked 10th on the Order of Merit, is determined to win his first career title after notching four top-10 results and missing only one cut in eight appearances.
“I really expect some good results heading into the rest of the year. I think I’m really close to breaking through. I’m excited with the upcoming tournaments,” said Peterson.
The American is delighted to return to the Yeangder TPC where he finished tied fourth last year. He will need another good result in Chinese Taipei as he aims to qualify for the CIMB Classic in October.
As of October 26, the leading four golfers from the Order of Merit will earn starting places in the US$8.5 million HSBC Champions in November
while the leading 10 players will qualify for the US$7 million CIMB Classic.
“There are so many things in my game that are heading in the right direction. My game feels so good in certain components and I’ve been playing well to try and qualify for the CIMB Classic,” said the 27-year-old.
He said the tied 17th finish in Japan last week was a sign of better things to come as he was on the brink of missing the cut before making a brave comeback.
“I was almost outside the cutline in the tournament and to finish inside the top-20 feels good. I was really grinding it out in the second round in the cold and darkness and to finish the event the way I did is something I will remember for the rest of the year.
“I was not very comfortable with my set-up. I needed to dig deep. I have a lot of work to do. I’m glad this happened earlier rather than feeling uncomfortable later in the year,” Peterson explained.
About the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship
The Yeangder TPC is the brainchild of Yeangder Group Chairman Mr. Emmet Hsu. An avid golfer himself, he holds his own on the fairways as well as the boardroom. Mr. Hsu is a strong supporter for golf in Chinese Taipei and across the region. Apart from sponsoring the Yeangder TPC, Mr. Hsu also sponsors the Yeangder ADT and supports the leading Chinese Taipei players including Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin, Lin Wen-hong and Chan Shih-chang.
Inaugurated in 2010, the prize purse for the Yeangder TPC has grown from US$300,000 to US$500,000. The Yeangder TPC is a popular stop on the Asian Tour Schedule and it has welcomed many worthy champions such as Thaworn Wiratchant (2010 & 2013), Lu Wei-chih (2011), Gaganjeet Bhullar (2012) and Prom Meesawat (2014).
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) till 2015.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.