"Fraser, Lahiri and Thongchai set for #BNIIndonesianMasters"

Wed 31 Aug 2016

"Fraser, Lahiri and Thongchai set for #BNIIndonesianMasters"

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Jakarta, August 31: India’s Anirban Lahiri, Thai legend Thongchai Jaidee and Marcus Fraser of Australia, three of the biggest names on the Asian Tour, will go head-to-head at the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich in October.
The star trio will compete for a share of the US$750,000 prize purse at the sixth edition of Indonesia’s premier golf tournament at Royale Jakarta Golf Club from October 6 to 9.
Fraser, 38, currently sits atop the Asian Tour Order of Merit with earnings this year of US$637,261 having scooped first place at the Malaysia Championship in February and followed up with a tied second outing at the Panasonic Open in Japan two months later.
The man from Melbourne will certainly meet his match in reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Lahiri. The 29-year-old Indian certainly know his way round Royale Jakarta, having won in 2014 following a grandstand finish when he beat Korea’s Seukhyun Baek by a single shot with a dramatic eagle on the 72nd hole.
Veteran star Thongchai, the only man to have won three Order of Merit titles in Asia, will fly into Jakarta off the back of another solid year. The 47-year-old, ranked 44th in the world, claimed a stylish win at the 100th Open de France in July before putting in a solid performance in The Open Championship where he came in tied 22nd at Royal Troon.
All three players also proudly represented their country at the Olympic Games in Rio earlier this month, with Fraser claiming tied-fifth place after leading the opening two rounds.
Fraser said: “I’m very much looking forward to coming to Jakarta to play in this year’s BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich. I have not played at  Royale Jakarta before but I have heard a lot of good things about the course.  It should be a great four days of competition  and I am looking forward to the challenges of the course and to adjusting to the conditions in Indonesia with the heat and humidity.”
Lahiri said: “It’s a golf course I know well and managed to get top spot when I last played it in 2014, so I will be doing my best to pick up from where I left off! My form this year hasn’t been quite where I’ve wanted it to be so in some respects it’s good to get back to a track I know well and see what I can do. It should be a great tournament and I look forward to taking on Marcus and hopefully getting a good result.”
Thongchai will chase for a second victory of the year and 14th on the Asian Tour.  “I’m very much looking forward to coming back to Jakarta. It’s a good golf course and it suits my game. I’ve have a number of top five finishes there over the years and was runner-up in 2011 so we will see if we can go one better this time round. I’m pretty happy with my form and just enjoying my golf.”
Jimmy Masrin, Co-Founder of the Indonesian Masters and Chairman of the Asian Tour, added: “We’re delighted to announce the participation of these internationally recognised star players in the 2016 BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich. The players’ records speak for themselves, and they are without doubt some of the most successful golfers in the Asian Tour’s history. We look forward to welcoming them to Jakarta for what will be a very exciting four days of golf.”
For more information on the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich visit http://www.indonesianmasters.co.id/
About Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI)
Established on 5 July 1946, BNI was Indonesia’s first national bank after Indonesia’s independence. With over 1,800 branches in Indonesia, along with overseas branches in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, and New York and Seoul, BNI currently serves over 18 million customers. BNI constantly strives towards being a financial institution with excellence in service and performance, while believing in a strong corporate culture. With over 27,000 employees, BNI believes that its employees are the most valuable asset of the company, and actively aims to create the best conditions and work experience for its employees. For more information, visit www.bni.co.id
About Zurich
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurance provider with more than 55,000 employees worldwide serving customers in more than 170 countries. Founded in Switzerland in 1872, Zurich has more than 140 years of experience serving businesses globally. As part of Zurich Insurance Group in Indonesia, Zurich represented by two joint venture companies which are Zurich Topas Life and Zurich Insurance Indonesia.
Zurich Topas Life is a life insurance company that is registered and is under the supervision of the Indonesian Financial Services Authority. Established in 2010, Zurich Topas Life provides a wide range of life insurance product to serve customers in various segment. With more than 17.000 customers and supported by more than 6000 agents in sales offices spread across major cities throughout Indonesia.
Zurich Insurance Indonesia is a general insurance company, registered and under the supervision of the Indonesian Financial Services Authority. Established in 1991, Zurich Insurance Indonesia serves individual customers, SMEs and corporations. More than 1200 travel agents, 80 brokers,  800 agents distribute Zurich Insurance’s products besides the online travel webshop available in Zurich Indonesia’s corporate website.
For more information about Zurich Indonesia, please visit www.zurich.co.id
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), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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