In-form Catlin chases third Asian Tour title in 2018 at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open

Wed 11 Jul 2018

In-form Catlin chases third Asian Tour title in 2018 at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open


Jakarta, Indonesia, July 11: John Catlin of the United States, who is arguably the most in-form player at the moment, will be gunning for this third victory on the Asian Tour this year at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open which tees off tomorrow.

The 27-year-old is the winner of the Asia-Pacific Classic in May and the Sarawak Championship last week. He is taking his recent success in his stride and he will be adopting a neutral mindset, which has worked very well for him so far, going into the US$500,000 event at the Pondok Indah Golf Course from July 12 to 15.

At world number 150, Catlin will be entering the Bank BRI Indonesia Open as the highest-ranked player on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) list. He will be up against an elite field that features six other players in the top-200.

Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand

Defending champion Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand has grown immensely as a golfer following his win in Indonesia last year. He has learned to be calmer as well as more patient on the golf course, which has rewarded him with a second victory on Tour in June 2018.

The experienced George Gandranata will be leading the local charge. He participated in his first Indonesia Open in 2013 and the following year, the 32-year-old finished tied-15th, his best result at his National Open so far. Other notable Indonesians in the field include Danny Masrin and Rory Hie and Benita Kasiadi, whose father Kasiadi remains the only local golfer to win the Indonesia Open.

The Indonesia Open, which hails as the longest running golf tournament in the country, received a prize boost of US$200,000 for the 2018 edition. The co-sponsors for the Bank BRI Indonesia Open are PLN, PERTAMINA, TELKOM Indonesia, Batik Air, WIKA, BRILife, BRIAgro, BRISyariah and BRINS.

Did you know?

  • John Catlin secured two Asian Tour titles over the last two months. He won his maiden Tour title at the Asia-Pacific Classic in May this year, and last week, he was victorious at the Sarawak Championship.
  • Including his two victories, Catlin has finished in the top-10 five times in his last seven starts on the Asian Tour.
  • Catlin earned his first Asian Tour card via the 2015 Qualifying School.
  • Last year, he finished third on the 2017 Asian Tour Development (ADT) Order of Merit.  Catlin is also a two-time ADT champion.
  • He currently sits in 10th place on the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings.
  • Panuphol Pittayarat won the Thailand Open last month and broke into the top-200 of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) list for the first time in his career. He is currently ranked 198th.
  • Panuphol, also known as ‘Coconut’, won his maiden Asian Tour title at last year’s Indonesia Open. He secured a dominant five-shot victory.
  • 2018 marked the eighth season on the Asian Tour for Panuphol. Before his win in Thailand, he came closest to securing his maiden Tour title at the 2011 World Selangor Masters, where he finished in second place.
  • George Gandranata won the 2016 PGM LADA Langkawi Championship, a tournament on the ADT.
  • His best result on the Indonesia Open was in 2014 when he finished in tied-15th.
  • Gandranata is a prolific winner on the Indonesia Golf Tour. He won his fifth title on the local circuit in February this year.

Players’ Quotes:

John Catlin (Usa)

I’m feeling OK (despite playing in the last three consecutive weeks). I’ve got some practice in, hitting it well and putting it well. Just another week in the office, I guess. I got to do what I love. So, it’s pretty good.

On my two victories on Tour, it’s an accumulation of all the efforts on all parts of my game. I’m always trying to be better. I’m also being honest with myself, asking questions like, “is this good enough to compete?”, “is this good enough to win?”. If it wasn’t, I’d hit more shots until it is good enough. Knowing that you are not good enough is a difficult reality to face. So, I have to keep pushing myself because I’m not there yet.

Winning the Sarawak Championship last week is not going to put pressure on me. The Indonesia Open just another tournament week. There will always be people watching, but I appreciate that. That’s what makes tournaments possible. Nothing is going to change.

This is a great golf course and it is a lot better compared to 2016. The rough is definitely a challenge and the greens are really fast. I’m just going to keep plodding on. One shot at a time. Nothing is going to change.

Panuphol Pittayarat (Tha)

It (his win at the Indonesia Open last year) was my first time winning on the Asian Tour. It was a real breakthrough for me. What every golfer work for is to win. The victory obviously taught me how it is like to win and hopefully, I will go on to win the second, third, fourth title and so on. Golf is a great teacher; it even teaches you lessons about life.

For one, it taught me to be patient on the golf course. You have to wait for the right opportunity to come and grab it. I adopted that mindset at my National Open and was rewarded with another win on the Asian Tour.

I always like the look, the layout and the entire set up of the golf course here. It feels like home - the grass, the weather, the greens. I feel very comfortable here. It is very important to keep the ball on the fairway so that you can attack the pin. You need a good all-round game in order to get a good score.

I don’t really feel the pressure as the defending champion. It is another tournament where I come and try to win. No pressure, I’m just going to go out there and play my game.

George Gandranata (Ina)

The local golf fans will be keeping an eye on us, but really, there’s no pressure. I’m taking it like any other tournament. Whether you win or lose, it’s still golf. Good players can play anywhere in the world. This is the same field I saw last week or even three years ago. Although, it has gotten stronger. I have to take this opportunity to learn from the best. We keep learning from mistakes and from others. In golf, there’s always something to improve your game.

The golf course is great. The rough is taller; the greens are faster. It’s the best condition that it has been. Hopefully, we’ll have an enjoyable week.

I remember hearing the name of past heroes like Kasiadi, who won the Indonesia Open in 1989, which is very impressive. My best memory of the tournament was from the 2014 edition. I enjoyed the company of my flight mates, and perhaps because of that, I played very well. That was my best year so far. Hopefully, I can replicate or better my result (tied-15th) this week.

Shiv Kapur (Ind)

This is my first tournament after recovering from my foot injury. I’m glad to return and play on a fantastic golf course. I’ve played many times in Indonesia but this is the first time I’m playing on this golf course. After playing on it, I feel that you need to be accurate off the tee. The greens are undulating and they have subtle slopes. You will have to be firing on all cylinders. It’ll be an overall test of golf. You are going to see the cream rise to the top.

The first thing after injury is to get back into a ‘tournament’ mode. But having said that, I won’t enter a tournament unless I have a chance to win. I took some time off because I feel that I wasn’t in a position to play and win. Now I’ve come back, I’m confident and I feel that I have a chance to do so. My goal number one this week is to get four rounds under my belt and get into a competitive state of mind. There’s no doubt in my mind that I can win if I play well.

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