EurAsia Cup stars ready to light up #PanasonicOpen

Sat 16 Apr 2016

EurAsia Cup stars ready to light up #PanasonicOpen

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Sentosa, Singapore, April 15: EurAsia Cup stars led by K.T. Kim of Korea, who was ranked number one in Japan last season, will lead a truly strong line-up the inaugural Panasonic Open Golf Championship next week.
Kim represented Team Asia earlier this year in the defeat to Team Europe and he will be joined at the Chiba Country Club by teammates Shingo Katayama of Japan, Wu Ashun of China, Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand, Jeunghun Wang of Korea and Malaysian duo Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung.
Jeev Milkha Singh of India and Liang Wen-chong of China, the captain and vice-captain for Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup, will also feature in the 150 million (approximately 1.27 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Marcus Fraser of Australia, Younghan Song of Korea, who won the season-opening SMCB Singapore Open and former Order of Merit champions Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand are also in the elite field.
Natipong Srithong of Thailand Natipong Srithong of Thailand
Yuta Ikeda, a 13-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, will spearhead the local challenge alongside Masahiro Kawamura, Masanori Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Fujita and Kenichi Kuboya, all proven champions in Japan.
Kim capped a sensational season in 2015, winning four times in Japan to qualify for the EurAsia Cup in January where he delivered one point for the team in the Ryder Cup-styled showdown.
Still seeking a first top-10 result following four events this year, Kim will be aiming to turn the corner in his chase for a first title of 2016 at the Panasonic Open Golf Championship.
A host of young stars including Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines, currently second on the Order of Merit, Natipong Srithong of Thailand, the 2015 Asian Tour Rookie of the Year, and Thitiphun Chuayprakong, winner of the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open, will also aim to make their presence felt at the Chiba course.
The 22-year-old Natipong, who is juggling between professional golf and his legal studies, won the Resorts World Manila Masters last November for his career breakthrough and finished 15th on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
The young Thai hopes to make a successful debut in the Land of the Rising Sun. “I’m excited to play in Japan. It will be my first time so I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully the course will suit my game,” he said.
“Last year was a great year for me. It was so good to win my first Asian Tour tournament in my first year as a pro. Hopefully I can repeat my success again in 2016,” said Natipong.
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About the Asian Tour
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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf
About Japan Golf Tour Organisation
Established: February 8, 1999, Japan Golf Tour Organization is a governing body for golf tournaments undertakings in Japan. As such, our purpose is to contribute to an orderly development of tour tournament businesses both domestic and abroad as well as to the improvement of tour players’ financial situation. Furthermore, through attempts to improve tournament surroundings, advancement of tournament standards, spreading and promoting of tournament sports shall be pursued. Concurrently, we seek to promote golf tournament related international exchange by maintaining close relations with golf tournament management bodies abroad, As a result of all, we aim at being conducive to creating and developing a rich sports culture.