Lahiri and Kiradech have winning feeling ahead of Queen's Cup

Thu 30 May 2013

Lahiri and Kiradech have winning feeling ahead of Queen's Cup

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Samui, Thailand, May 30: Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat and India’s Anirban Lahiri are confident they can mount a title challenge at the Queen’s Cup at the Santiburi Samui Country Club from June 13 to 16.
Lahiri, winner of the SAIL-SBI Open earlier this year, is eager to land his first victory outside of India while Kiradech, who triumphed in the Maybank Malaysian Open in March, is determined to secure a first Asian Tour victory on home soil after winning twice abroad.
Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Queen’s Cup is held in honour of Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit and is one of four tournaments in Thailand to feature on the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013.AM_2012_KIRADECH_APHINBARNRAT_003
Lahiri has proven to be a dominant player when he is at home with all three triumphs achieved in India but he knows it will not be long before he hoists another trophy on foreign land.
“I know I’m good enough to win and I’ve got the game to win anywhere, whether it’s India, Indonesia, Thailand or Malaysia or even in Europe,” said Lahiri, who is currently ranked 10th on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
While the 25-year-old’s talent and knack for winning is unquestionable, he knows it is his ability to stay focused that will be decisive as he chases his second win of the season on the holiday isle of Samui in Thailand.
“The more I try to force it, the tougher it’s going to get and I just got to go out there and play my own game. The moment we get onto the golf course, we’re not thinking about factors like whether I’ve won here or there, I’m just trying to hit the best possible shot and focus on what you need to do,” said Lahiri.
The talented Indian, who practises Vipassna meditation, is looking forward to renewing his rivalry with the best players from the Asian Tour and they include Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, fellow countryman Jyoti Randhawa, an eight-time Asian Tour winner and Kiradech, who currently leads the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
“As far as putting it together in 72 holes, if you can do that and you can shoot the same numbers, it doesn’t matter where you’re playing. For me, the focus is to go out there, enjoy my golf and just stick to the basics and keep it in play,” said the Indian, who finished tied-sixth in last year’s Queen’s Cup.
Kiradech will be amongst the top contenders at Santiburi Samui following a magnificent season thus far which he won his second Asian Tour title in Malaysia in addition to  four other top-five finishes.
The Thai has declared his intention to win the prestigious Order of Merit crown and is ready to extend his lead on home soil where he is guaranteed a huge following.
“I want to win the Order of Merit and every tournament that I do well in will bring me closer to achieving that target,” said Kiradech, who has already amassed US$662,375 this season.
I’ve been playing well since the start of the season and I’m confident that I can continue to do so,” added Kiradech who finished tied-12th at the Queen’s Cup last year.
The Queen’s Cup is sponsored by Bangkok Airways, Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) and Santiburi Samui Country Club.
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