Han's blog: These guys will come good

Thu 01 Aug 2013

Han's blog: These guys will come good

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In this month's blog, Asian Tour's Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han talks about the nurturing of talents on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and why they're the future of Asian golf.
By Kyi Hla Han
Golf is a fascinating sport simply because it’s such an unpredictable sport.
There’s no sure winner and the notion that one deserves to win is simply a fallacy.
What makes great watching and falling in love with the sport is to witness the triumph of the human spirit.
Recently crowned US Open champion Justin Rose didn’t have it easy when he first started.
He struggled badly early in his career after turning professional where he missed the cut in his first 21 consecutive events.
Rose lost his European Tour card and had to go back to the dreaded Qualifying School before he found success again.
I remember playing with Rose in Europe and I’ve always admired his never-say-die fighting attitude and his tenacity to excel in the game.
Heartbreak is part of the process but it also sweetens the taste of triumph when it finally arrives.
Closer to the region, Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng finally slayed the beast of Samui after three attempts at the Queen’s Cup.
India’s Anirban Lahiri never had it easy at the Delhi Golf Club until his maiden win at the Panasonic Open India two years ago.
Today, he has won not once but thrice at the venerable golf club.
As we welcome two ADT events on the Schedule this month, let’s pause for a moment and look at the names of the players in the field.
They might not be household names but give them time and like Rose, Prayad and Anirban, they will blossom too.
They may go out there and shoot the unrecognizable high 70s or even 80s but you can trust them to bounce back stronger and better.
The ADT is the Tour’s secondary circuit and is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf.
With Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points on offer, which will also be used to determine the field at the World Cup of Golf in November and Olympics in 2016, hopefully we can see players, who maybe lesser-known now, lock horns against the world’s best.
They include American Phil Mickelson who will be well remembered for his win at the Open Championship last month.
The American will be making his debut at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in October and I’m sure he will be the same affable professional that everyone has come to admire and respect for being a true sportsman, despite falling short on a couple of Sundays.
The pursuit of success is defined by one willing to embrace the heartbreak of defeat and stage a comeback.
Now that’s the making of all champions we’ve come to know on the Asian Tour.
Ends.