Han blog: Sweet and sour in golf

Thu 26 Jun 2014

Han blog: Sweet and sour in golf

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By Kyi Hla Han, Chairman, Asian Tour
Like in life, golfers often experience ups and downs in their careers.
I’ve been fortunate to travel all around the world and win over 20 tournaments and I’ve always risen from minor blips in my golf career.
I never let a bad result affect my next tournament and I always keep a positive mind-set when I step up onto the tee. That has always been my secret to a wonderful career and I’ve never been shy to share this with players these days.
Like everyone else, I enjoy comeback stories. Seeing Marcus Both rise up to the challenge and win the recent ICTSI Philippine Open has to be one of the best stories so far this year.
The Australian lost his Asian Tour card after an uncharacteristic run of poor form in 2013, but with limited playing opportunities, he made a brave return into the winner’s circle by winning in Manila.
He relied on a sponsor’s invitation to play and for him to clinch the title under those circumstances was simply incredible.
Marcus’ victory will inspire many professional golfers and the younger players must learn that one bad result or one bad season will not spell the end for your career.
Yes, Marcus did admit that the thought about stepping away from the game which he loved after keeping his full exempt status for 10 season until the end of 2013, but common sense prevailed and he is now back to where he belongs.
Another Australian who has risen from the backwaters to become one of the most prominent figures on the Asian Tour is Scott Hend.
His career was on the fast lane when he featured on the PGA Tour in 2004 and 2005 but a hand injury hampered his career and he subsequently decided to try his luck on the Asian Tour in 2007. He won his first title in 2008 and then added a second win in 2012.
In 2013, he was arguably one of the top achievers after remarkably winning three Asian Tour titles, the inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT, Venetian Macau Open and Mercuries Taiwan Masters.
The 2014 Asian Tour season is now entering the mid-point of the year but the comeback by Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM, the emotional win by Marcus and other amazing victories such as Anirban Lahiri’s last gasp eagle at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters and the successes of newcomers Rashid Khan and Richard T. Lee have made it a memorable season so far.
I’m confident there will be more tears shed, more fist pumps and many more worthy champions in the coming months.
Ends.