Han hails strong Asian presence #OlympicGolf

Thu 11 Aug 2016

Han hails strong Asian presence #OlympicGolf

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Sentosa, Singapore, August 11: It was with nostalgic pride when Asian Tour Commissioner Kyi Hla Han recounted his experiences of representing his home country in the World Cup of Golf some 17 years ago.
It’s that same glow of pride which he believed 15 of the Asian Tour members can relate to when they fly their respective nations’ flags at the prestigious Men’s Olympic Golf competition in Rio de Janeiro starting today.
Han, a former Asian number one, believes that golf in Asia will welcome a new era when golf makes its long-awaited return to the Games after more than a century’s absence.
“Our players have come a long way to qualify for the Olympic Games. We are very delighted to see a strong presence of our members as well as a good number of Asian players in the elite field,” said Han.
“We have always provide players with the best opportunities to hone and improve their games. They have also put up stellar performances in world golf in recent times so I am confident that they can relive all of these glorious moments in Rio this week,” Han added.
The Asian Tour contingent forms 25 per cent of the 60-men field and a total of 10 Asian countries will be represented in the world’s biggest sporting spectacle of all time.
Brazilian native Adilson Da Silva, who has been playing regularly on the region’s premier Tour since 2011, will have the honour striking the first tee shot when play gets underway at 7.30am local time (6.30pm Singapore time).
Han reckoned that the growth of golf in Asia has been dramatic since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the return of the sports to the Games in 2009.
“From Korea’s Y.E. Yang becoming Asia’s first Major Champion in 2009 to a record run of victories by our players on the European Tour three months ago, the standard of play in Asia has definitely been on the rise. We are looking forward to more records being set at the Olympics this week,” said Han.
Reigning Order of Merit champion Anirban Lahiri of India will headline the Asian Tour cast alongside compatriot S.S.P. Chawrasia, Thai stars Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, as well as Australian duo Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser.
Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang, Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman, Felipe Aguilar of Chile, Korea’s Jeunghun Wang, Filipino Miguel Tabuena, Japan’s Yuta Ikeda and Malaysian duo Danny Chia and Gavin Green will also be chasing for glory at the Olympic Golf Course located in Barra da Tijuca.
Other Asians in the field include Korea’s Byeunghun An, who comes from a family of Olympians, as his parents were former medallists in table tennis, as well as Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Tsung Pan, Shingo Katayama of Japan, China’s Li Haotong and Wu Ashun.
The winner of the four-day strokeplay individual event will also receive a total of 46 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.
Ends.
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. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf , www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf , www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.