Debutant Khan hopeful of dream start

Tue 02 Sep 2014

Debutant Khan hopeful of dream start

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Crans Montana, Switzerland, September 2: India’s Rashid Khan is living out his dream as he makes his debut at the Omega European Masters which tees off on Thursday.
The lanky Indian earned his right to be part of the strong Asian Tour field at this week’s Swiss showpiece after he winning the SAIL-SBI Open on home soil in March.
With the prospect of taking on the European Tour players in this week’s co-sanctioned event, the 23-year-old is indeed relishing the moment.
“I’m really excited as this is my first time in Switzerland and playing the Omega European Masters. My life has really changed since I won the Sail Open which I didn’t expect to win. And now I’m playing in a co-sanctioned event with the European Tour,” said the jubilant Indian.
Khan is feeling at the top of the world as he stands proud among the game’s elite at the scenic Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club which is set amidst the picturesque Swiss Alps.
And having withstood several setbacks in his career, it will be his hunger and appetite for success that could eventually see the Indian create an impact this week.
“My career has not been smooth sailing but I was always determined to bounce back and do my best in my next tournament,” said Khan.
Khan swallowed the bitter pill on numerous occasions most notably when he missed out on a top-40 finish by two shots at the Asian Tour Qualifying School last year and was again left to rue further blows in his career when he was pipped to the title on several occasions last season.
Khan finally prevailed when he won this year and now hopes that breakthrough on the region’s premier Tour will be a barometer of more success.
“It’s a really exciting period for me and I’m going to play another four more tournaments after this week. I want to finish inside the top-five on the Order of Merit and that’s my goal for this season,” said Khan.
The Omega European Masters is the only event to be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour on European soil since 2009 and marks the start of the second half of the Asian Tour 2014 season.
The event will see the return of many of the region’s best players including India’s Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar, Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman, Filipino ace Angelo Que and Korea’s Baek Seuk-hyun.
Charismatic Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, the European Tour’s oldest winner and holder of 21 titles including a win in Switzerland in 2010, will headline the European Tour’s challenge alongside Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, Italian Matteo Manassero and French star Victor Dubuisson.
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