In-form Mardan and Thaworn head to #BBO

Fri 15 May 2015

In-form Mardan and Thaworn head to #BBO

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Dhaka, May 15: Thai veteran star Thaworn Wiratchant and in-form Singaporean Mardan Mamat will line-up alongside the leading lights from the region when the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open makes its debut on the Asian Tour from May 27 to 30.
The highly decorated Thaworn, a former two-time Asian Tour number one, will aim to increase his winning record of 18 Asian Tour titles when he headlines the US$300,000 event at the Kurmitola Golf Club.
Four-time champion Mardan, who secured a third place result at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open last week, will contend for the title in Bangladesh against an impressive cast which includes home hero Siddikur Rahman and Indian starlet Rashid Khan.
Englishman Steve Lewton, Marcus Both of Australia and Berry Henson of the United States, all winners on the Asian Tour, will make-up a truly cosmopolitan field at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open, which is one of five new tournaments on the Asian Tour Schedule in 2015.
Mardan contended in Mauritius last week before settling for third place for his best result so far this year. Currently ranked 16th on the Order of Merit, the experienced Singaporean is hoping to carry his good form to Bangladesh as he searches for a fifth Asian Tour victory.
Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand
“I’m very pleased with last week. I was practising at home and was striking it well and was hoping for a good result and I did it. Now I hope to continue my good form,” said the 47-year-old Mardan.
After placing tied eighth at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in April, Henson believes he has found the missing link that can help him launch a title assault in Bangladesh.
“It was a great result in Indonesia. I didn’t play my best but mentally I had one of the best weeks in a long time. I was a lot sharper than I’ve been in the past year, I started to think better on the golf course, my mind was clear,” he said.
“I’m just trying to get a better balance in my life and that week, I managed to focus better although I wasn’t totally on top of my game. I just felt comfortable,” said Henson, who won his first Asian Tour title in 2011.
This is the first time Bangladesh will host an Asian Tour event. It previously staged domestic and regional golf tournaments including with the Professional Golf of India (PGTI) Tour and also hosted an Asian Development Tour (ADT) tournament in 2011.
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