Tamsui, Chinese Taipei, September 8: Local star Lu Wei-chih will aim for a fourth victory at the US$800,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters when the Asian Tour event gets underway from September 28 to October 1.
Lu captured headlines when he won the event last year to revive his career after going through a brain surgery in mid-2012 to remove a non-malignant tumour.
The 38-year-old will take advantage of his home course knowledge at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club when he defends his title against the elite field which includes last year’s runner-up Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines and former champion Danny Chia of Malaysia.
The win last year was a big boost for Lu, who at one point thought of quitting the game after his surgery.
“It was definitely a great boost of confidence for me after winning the Mercuries Taiwan Masters last year. That win meant a lot to me having gone through so much in my life,” said Lu.
“After the surgery I took things slowly. Can you imagine, after the surgery, the doctor said I couldn’t even sneeze! I started by hitting 100 balls and after that, I blanked out. It was so tiring. At that time I thought I couldn’t play golf anymore so to be able to win again is just so amazing,” he said.
He struggled with his swing earlier in the season but he is slowly finding his form again and will attempt to equal Lu Wen-teh’s record of winning four Mercuries Taiwan Masters titles.
“The first half of the season hasn’t been good for me. After playing in India, I decided to change my whole swing. I changed everything, from my stance to addressing the ball and my upswing,” Lu explained.
“After this change, I feel that my ball goes higher and the chances of hitting the greens are higher now. I have been practicing a lot with this swing and I am feeling more and more comfortable with it now. I have tried it out in my local events and have come in top-10s,” he added.
“It was definitely a great boost of confidence for me after winning the Mercuries Taiwan Masters last year. That win meant a lot to me having gone through so much in my life.” – Lu Wei-chih
The Mercuries Taiwan Masters will play an important part in the race to qualify for the CIMB Classic in October. The leading 10 players on the Asian Tour Order of Merit as of October 9 will earn a spot in the lucrative event.
About 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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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