Tamsui, Chinese Taipei, September 23: A strong line-up of Asian Tour champions and young stars will headline the US$800,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters next week.
Title holder Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei and former champions Lu Wen-teh, Lin Wen-tang, Danny Chia of Malaysia and Steve Lewton of England will feature in the event played at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
They will be joined by more than 20 Asian Tour champions from multiple nationalities in the Asian Tour event which is celebrating its 31st edition.
Young guns Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand, Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines, who finished second last year, Khalin Joshi of India and Johannes Veerman of the United States are among those expected to contend in the Asian Tour event.
Former Order of Merit champions Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa, Arjun Atwal of India, Liang Wen-chong of China, Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines and Thai legend Thaworn Wiratchant, who won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in 2004, will lend their star credentials when the tournament gets underway from September 28 to October 1.
Talented Indian Joshi, who qualified for the Mercuries Taiwan Masters after finishing second at the TAKE Solutions Masters, hopes to make full use of his entry in the prestigious tournament.
Without a full Tour card in 2017, Joshi will rely on limited playing opportunities on the Asian Tour this season and he hopes a solid week in Chinese Taipei will strengthen his position on the Order of Merit where he is currently ranked 48th.
“The runner-up finish in India sets me up for the second half of the Asian Tour season. I don’t have a full card so I need to make good use of opportunities like this and improve on my standing on the Asian Tour,” said the 25-year-old Joshi.
“The positive from my second place finish was the way I fought and put myself into contention. Hopefully I can continue this performance,” he added.
Among the notable names fighting for a first Asian Tour title next week includes Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand, Shubhankar Sharma of India, Gavin Green of Malaysia, who has three runner-up results so far this year and Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe.
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.
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