Young guns ready to fire #IM15

Wed 22 Apr 2015

Young guns ready to fire #IM15

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Jakarta, April 22: The talented duo of Malaysia’s Arie Irawan and Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena are determined to go out with all guns blazing when the US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters presented by Enjoy Jakarta Golf begins on Thursday.
With youth as their advantage, the duo, who are both in their early 20s, hopes to be part of the new wave of golfers taking the golfing world by storm today.
Miguel Tabuena of Philippines Miguel Tabuena of Philippines
They have all emerged victorious on their respective domestic circuits with Arie even winning twice on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), which is the secondary circuit to the Asian Tour this year.
Highly regarded as one of Malaysia’s finest talents, Arie enjoyed his breakthrough on the ADT with his maiden win in January and followed up with this second victory in the Philippines last week.
“I’ve made great strides in my career since I turned professional. I played the local circuit and went on to the ADT. I didn’t really prove myself by winning on the ADT last year but I was always in the top-five and right up there.
“I managed to get my Asian Tour card this year and I’ve eventually won on the ADT this year,” said the Malaysian.
With his new found success on the ADT, the 24-year-old is now aiming to scale greater heights on the region’s premier Tour.
“I’m turning my attention to the Asian Tour now and I hope it would be a great week as I’ve been telling myself that I’ve got to do my best every day and stay in the present,” said Arie.
Like Arie, Tabuena is also coming off a rich vein of form.
Despite finishing second behind Arie on home soil last week, the 20-year-old, who is a silver medallist at the Asian Games in 2010, is optimistic of achieving his maiden breakthrough on the Asian Tour.
The young Filipino knows that if he can work his short game to perfection, he will be in for a chance this week.
George Gandaranata of Indonesia George Gandaranata of Indonesia
“I’m very happy with my game. It all comes down to putting for me right now. If I can get my putter hot early, I should have a chance.
For the first two events on the local tour, I won the first event and finished second in the next one. I finished second on the ADT again last week. Jordan Spieth had the same run, he finished first-second-second before the Masters and hopefully I can do the same.  But this time it would be at the Indonesian Masters and not the one at Augusta!” said Miguel.
While Arie and Tabuena are confident of their breakthrough on the region’s premier Tour, four-time Asian Tour winner, Mardan Mamat of Singapore believes his vast experience will give him an extra edge over his younger rivals.
“When I look at these guys, they remind me of my younger days. There was so much fire and eagerness to do well. But that’s not to say I’ve lost it. I’m still positive about things and I’m happy with the way I’m playing now as well.
“Experience wise, I’m able to handle myself better under pressure. I know all about getting into contention and staying in the mix. That is priceless,” said Mardan.
Sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGA Tour of Indonesia, the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters Presented by Enjoy Jakarta Golf will feature 24 Indonesian golfers, 20 professionals from the PGA Tour of Indonesia and four of Indonesia’s top amateurs who will compete in the 150 player field over 72 holes of individual stroke play.
For more information on the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters Presented by Enjoy Jakarta Golf visit http://www.indonesianmasters.co.id/ and https://www.facebook.com/indonesianmasters.
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