Back 9 with Mithun Perera

Fri 31 May 2013

Back 9 with Mithun Perera

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May 31: In this latest edition of Back 9, Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka talks about playing football, winning an event in Asia and the best advice he received from his father, Nandasena.
1) What is the one tournament that you want to win in Asia and around the world?
I would like to win any National Opens in Asia and in the world, I want to win The Masters Tournament.
2) If there is one rule of golf that you can change, what would it be?
I would change the ban on anchoring the club because there’s no putter in this world that makes the ball automatically enter the hole!
3) How would you describe yourself as a golfer?
I like to enjoy my time on the golf course. I like nature and talking to people on the golf course.
4) Which golf course do you really want to play on?
The Augusta National Golf Club!
5) What would you do if there’s no internet or television in your hotel room during the tournament week?
I’ll listen to music on my iPad.
6) What is your best advice received as a professional golfer?
My father (Nandasena) told me to focus on my game and get as many birdies as I can!
7) When you win a golf tournament, who do you want to see when you sink that winning putt?
My family. It will be nice to celebrate my first win with them.
8) What is the oldest golf club in the bag?
My putter. It is 13-years-old!
9) If you are not a professional golfer, what would you be?
A footballer. I used to play in the striker’s position before taking up golf. Believe it or not, I was much fitter and skinnier when I was playing football!
About PERERA
Country:                      Sri Lanka
Date of Birth:              December 26, 1986
Residence:                   Colombo
Family:                          Single
Turned Pro:                 2011
PROFESSIONAL WINS: (3) 2012 TATA Open, India, 2012 Standard Chartered Open, Sri Lanka, 2011 Haryana Open, India.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Mithun sensationally finished inside the top-61 of the 2012 Order of Merit to earn a full Asian Tour card for 2013. Due to his country exemption category, the stocky Sri Lankan played in only eight Asian Tour events but it was enough to secure his place among Asia’s leading lights. He came agonizingly close to a sensational victory at the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic but settled for second place, finishing one shot behind eventual winner Scott Hend of Australia. Prior to that he placed 15th at the Panasonic Open India.
PERSONAL: Perera is the son to Nandasena, a famous name on the old Asian circuit d uring the 1980s and 1990s.