Jakarta, December 8: Thailand’s Poom Saksansin believes patience will be key to a successful title defence when the Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Telkom returns as the Asian Tour’s season-ending event next week.
The cherubic 24-year-old, who has charmed many on and off the golf course with his boyish looks and good form, cruised to a comfortable five-shot victory for his maiden breakthrough at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club last year.
He plans to adopt a similar winning strategy when he returns to defend his title at the US$750,000 event which will played from December 14-17.
“Whenever I play in an event, I try to play my own game and not think about what other players will be doing.
“I try to keep my focus and stay patient. That was how I won the Indonesian Masters last year and I plan to do the same again next month,” said Poom.
First played in 2011, the Indonesian Masters has regularly attracted the best players in the world and boasts a list of famous winners.
England’s Lee Westwood won the tournament a record three times, in 2011, 2012 and 2015, while Austrian Bernd Wiesberger triumphed in 2013 and India’s Anirban Lahiri in 2014.
Apart from being the Asian Tour season-ending event where the Tour’s Order of Merit champion will be crowned, the Indonesian Masters is also the third leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events – in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Japan.
Asian Tour players will earn a share of a lucrative bonus pool from the Panasonic Swing while the winner of the Indonesian Masters will receive a minimum of 20 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points and receive an invitation to play at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational in 2018.
“The Indonesian Masters is the last event for the year and I want to finish off 2017 on a high. I won once in India already this year and have enjoyed several good results too. So, I’m look forward to another good week in Jakarta,” said Poom.
Major winner Justin Rose of England along with American Brandt Snedeker, an eight-time winner on the US PGA Tour, will headline the Indonesian Masters together with a host of Asian Tour merit winners that include Australia’s Scott Hend, Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thaworn Wiratchant and David Lipsky of the United States.
Thailand’s heavyweights Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee will also lend their star power to the Indonesian Masters.
Thongchai holds an unprecedented three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns (2001, 2004, 2009), while Kiradech is a two-time Asian Tour winner, who was Asia’s number one in 2013.
“I’m looking forward to going back to Jakarta to play in the Indonesian Masters which is the last event on the Asian Tour. Each year, I set out to win at least one title. So hopefully, I can do it at the Indonesian Masters,” said Kiradech.
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