Comeback King Hend ready to rule the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

Sat 27 Apr 2013

Comeback King Hend ready to rule the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

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Jakarta, April 27: Big-hitting Scott Hend of Australia and a back-in-form Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei hope to carry their winning momentum into the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters next week.
Hend and Lin recently won their third and sixth Asian Tour title respectively and are upbeat ahead of the US$750,000 showpiece, which is staged on the Asian Tour Schedule for third straight year at the magnificent Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea, Anirban Lahiri of India, Bryce Easton of South Africa, Wade Ormsby of Australia, Joonas Granberg of Finland and Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol, who are all ranked inside the top-10 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit are also in the elite field.
The straight-hitting Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka, Scott Barr of Australia, the highly rated Kim Gi-whan of Korea and American Jonathan Moore will also be on a mission to secure their first Asian Tour win at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
Hend is now known as the Tour's ‘Comeback King’ as he has won all three of his Asian Tour titles including the 2008 Indonesia President Invitational from behind. He is one of the longest hitters in the world and hopes to capitalise on his powerful drives which averages to about 316 yards.
“I never had the chance to lead from the front. I would love to lead into the last round by three and see if I can hold the guys off. But you’ll take anything you can get,” said the Australian, a former PGA Tour player.
He has enjoyed much success on the region’s premier Tour, which is celebrating its 10th season this year, and hopes more Australians will follow his success route on the Asian Tour.
“The Asian Tour has been a fantastic place for me to be in. This is the Tour in the region and in my eyes it is the only Tour in the region,” said Hend.
“It is a fantastic breeding ground of the young players and the middle aged players such as myself. Everyone wants to come out and forge a good living and play in good tournaments and try to move to the next level. This is a great place to be and a place to play on.”
Lin became the most successful Chinese Taipei player when he won his sixth Asian Tour title at the Solaire Open in the Philippines two weeks ago.
He carries a formidable determination that belies his carefree attitude and is eager to better his tied ninth result at the Indonesian Masters in 2011.
“Something which not many people know about me is that I have very strong motivation and I never give up,” smiled Lin, whose victory in the Philippines erased the heartbreak of losing his Asian Tour card last year.
Major champions Ernie Els of South Africa, Michael Campbell of New Zealand and Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland will headline the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
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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 974 offices all over Indonesia as at 31 December 2012, including 590 branches, 330 Mikro Laju units, and 54 cash/payment points. CIMB Niaga has more than 14,200 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 9 out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar and Philippines). 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 USD18.6 billion as at 31 December 2012. The Group has over 43,000 employees located in 18 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