Fraser & Tabuena ready for #PanasonicOpen

Fri 08 Apr 2016

Fraser & Tabuena ready for #PanasonicOpen

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Sentosa, Singapore, April 8: Australian Marcus Fraser, the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, will headline the Panasonic Open Golf Championship alongside Asia’s rising stars at the Chiba Country Club from April 21 to 24.
Fraser, who claimed his second Asian Tour title in Malaysia in February, will be joined by Filipino Miguel Tabuena, who is second on the Order of Merit, and last year’s Rookie of the Year Natipong Srithong of Thailand in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
India’s Rashid Khan, a two-time Asian Tour winner, and Thai duo Danthai Boonma and Phachara Khongwatmai, who will make his debut at The Open in July, will also feature in the 150 million Yen (approximately US$1.27 million) tournament.
Presently ranked 64th in the world, Fraser ended a six-year title drought when he won the Maybank Championship Malaysia title to move to the top of the Order of Merit rankings and qualify for the WGC-Cadillac Championship and WGC-Dell Match Play earlier this year.
The likeable Australian will head to Japan with the goal of extending his Merit lead over the 21-year-old Tabuena, whom he defeated in Malaysia by two shots.
“There is pretty good incentive when you take up membership on the Asian Tour. I look to play my minimum (events) but I always try to make the effort to play my minimum. I did it last year so fingers crossed I get to do it again this year,” said Fraser.
“I love playing in Asia because I can be home first thing Monday morning with the kids and walk them to school. I always like coming out here and support the Asian Tour as much as I can,” added the 37-year-old.
Since winning his first Asian Tour title at the Philippine Open presented by ICTSI in December, the talented Tabuena has continued to shine with impressive performances this season.
He finished tied fourth at the season opening SMBC Singapore Open and settled for tied second place in Malaysia to raise his season’s haul to US$320,303 and trail Fraser by slightly over US$200,000.
With the Olympics qualifying looming, Tabuena knows he must seize every opportunity he has in hope of representing his country in Rio de Janeiro in August.
“The main goal this year is to play in the Olympics and contend for the number one spot on the Asian Tour. I’ve put myself in a good position to do that,” he said.
For more information, you can also visit panasonic.com/global/panasonic-open
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.