Taipei, October 6: Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei hopes he will be rewarded with a victory at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC), which starts on Thursday, after improving on his fitness.
The six-time Asian Tour winner will only be playing in his third Asian Tour event this year as he focussed on a new fitness regime which has helped him gain added distance off the tees.
“Now I’m hitting the ball slightly longer and I feel healthier” – Lin Wen-tang
Lin will contend for the US$500,000 Asian Tour event alongside defending champion Prom Meesawat of Thailand and Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, who won the event in 2012, at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
“I’ve been training with Yani Tseng’s fitness trainer and he has helped me a lot. Since I started working with him early this year, I’ve become stronger. You can tell from my face that I look healthier now. My face looks like it is shining,” Lin joked.
His decision to focus on his health paid dividends when he finished tied seventh on home soil last week. With the second half of the Asian Tour season in full swing, Lin is determined to better his position on the Order of Merit where he sits in 78th position.
“I haven’t played much on the Asian Tour this year because I’ve been focussing on my fitness and health. Now I’m hitting the ball slightly longer and I feel healthier. I’ve been playing a lot on the local Tour and I’ve had many good results except a win!” said the 41-year-old.
The 27-year-old Bhullar hopes to repeat his wire-to-wire win in 2012 and fight for a place to represent Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM next year. He was part of the team who battled to a 10-10 against Team Europe in last year’s showpiece.
“I remember everything when I won. It was my first wire-to-wire win on the Asian Tour so that win is very close to my heart. When you come to events where you are a past champion, it really boosts your confidence,” said Bhullar.
A practice round at the Linkou course evoked memories of his victory three years ago. “It is nice to be reminded of what you’ve done in the past. That always happens when you return to the venue where you’ve won before. This is definitely one of the golf courses which give me positive vibes.”
Michael Tran, the only Vietnamese in the elite field this week, will draw confidence from his victory on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in August. After changing to a new putter, Tran has enjoyed some solid results which include one win.
“I’m feeling more confident now. I never thought I would shoot 18-under to win on the ADT. Now I have that belief that I can shoot a low number. Hopefully the next win will be on the Asian Tour,” smiled the 25-year-old Tran.
Chan, a five-time winner on the ADT, hopes to preserve his solid track record at the Yeangder TPC where he has never missed a cut yet and finish inside the top-10 in 2013 and 2011.
He came close to winning the event two years ago only to settle for fourth place. “I’ve had many good chances to win in this event so hopefully I can do it. I hope this year will be my year. I will try my best to win.”
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.