Arnond spearheads Thai charge at CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

Thu 02 May 2013

Arnond spearheads Thai charge at CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

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Jakarta, May 2: Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij enjoyed another solid start when he posted a first round four-under-par 68 to spearhead the Thai charge at the US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Thursday.
The 25-year-old was in contention in Korea last week but lost his focus and fell out of the reckoning in the final stages of the fourth round.
However, the rejuvenated Thai is ready to bounce back and return to winning ways even as he trails the leaders Scott Hend of Australia and Korea’s Hwang Inn-choon by two in tied-fourth place.
“I’m getting used to my swing and hitting the driver really well. Today is over. I’m going to relax. It will be an early wake up call for me,” said the pint-sized Thai.
“The rough is a little bit longer but I hit the driver really well and stayed on the fairways. I’m really happy with my round. I had a hole-out for eagle on the third hole. I had about 97 yards and hit an easy sand wedge,” added Arnond.
Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand signed for a 69 after overcoming a leg injury which had forced him to retire before the start of his final round in Korea last week.
“I injured my leg in Korea on Sunday. I woke up and I couldn’t walk. I feel a 100% better now after seeing the physiotherapist earlier this week. I don’t know what happened in Korea. Maybe I walked too much,” said Thaworn, who is chasing his 16th win on the region’s premier Tour this week.
The par-72, 7340 yards Royale Jakarta Golf Club is the venue for Indonesia’s most prestigious international golf tournament this week and provides a stern test for world’s best player with its challenging layout.
“This year the golf course is playing much longer compared to the last two years. I’m not sure if it is because I’m hitting it shorter or the course is long!” joked Thaworn, who finished second in last year’s edition.
Meanwhile 13-time Asian Tour winner Thongchai Jaidee finished tied 11th alongside Thaworn and eight other players.
Thongchai, who holds an unprecedented three Order of Merit titles, is confident that he can make his move with his morning tee start on Friday.
“It was a perfect day for me. I hit the ball really well and it’s nice to be in this position. However, I believe that I can do better as I’ll be playing in the morning where it’ll not be so windy. You just have to look at the morning scores today to see where the low numbers are coming from,” said Thongchai.
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About CIMB Niaga
CIMB Niaga was established as Bank Niaga in 1955. CIMB Group holds around 97.94% of the stakes in CIMB Niaga. The Bank offers a comprehensive suite of both conventional and Islamic banking products and services, through an expanding delivery channel network of 971 offices all over Indonesia as at 31 March 2013, including 592 branches, 350 Mikro Laju units (including 21 outlets attached to a branch), and 50 cash/payment points. CIMB Niaga has more than 14,300 employees.
CIMB Niaga encourages people to share high growth and take advantage of all the potential that South-East Asia regions bring – in line with CIMB Group’s brand positioning: “ASEAN for You”.
CIMB Group is Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider and one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. It offers consumer banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, and Myanmar). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, Bahrain, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Australia, the US, UK and Korea. CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It has a market capitalisation of USD18.4 billion as at 31 March 2013. The Group has over 42,000 employees located in 17 countries.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf