Kim Aims for Grandstand Finish

Wed 10 Dec 2008

Kim Aims for Grandstand Finish

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Siem Reap, Cambodia, December 10: Korea's Kim Nam-kang heads into this week's penultimate US$300,000 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open knowing that nothing less than a top-three finish will then be able to secure his full-playing rights for the 2009 Asian Tour season.
The Korean is currently lying in 75th place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and with the intense battle to finish in the top-65 at the Phokeethra Country Club taking centrestage this week, Kim is determined to put up a strong performance.
"I'm well aware of the task ahead for me this week. My goal is simple. It's to finish in the top-three or even win the title so that I can secure my full playing rights for next year," said Kim, who has accumulated US$62,792.38 in earnings so far.
Kim's best performance on the Asian Tour this season was a tied-eighth finish at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in September.
However, it was actually that tied-32nd finish against a star-studded field at last month's Barclays Singapore Open that gave Kim the conviction and belief that he is able to match up against the best and handle the pressure at the biggest stage
"It was a big tournament and there was a lot of pressure. I remembered making the cut right on the line. But more importantly, it showed that I'm able to play well under pressure and do well. This is my last tournament for the season and I hope I can perform to my true abilities," added Kim.
England's Steven Tiley, who is currently lying in 71st place on the ranking, is also well aware of the challenges ahead this week as any slip-up will mean going back to qualifying school next month.
"Every week's a big week and this week?s going to be no different. Obviously I hope to finish in the top-65, but I just have to go out there, play my best and see what happens," said Tiley, whose best performance this season was a tied-ninth finish at the Macau Open.
"The pressure is always there but I try not to let it affect me in any way. At the end of the day, you just have to add up the scores and see if you?ve done your best," added the Englishman.
Meanwhile at the other end of the ranking, Thailand?s Thaworn Wiratchant, who is currently in eighth place, knows that another victory here will cement his place in the Asian Tour's history books.
The leading Thai star currently holds the most number of career wins on the Asian Tour with 10 victories and is confident mood after ending his Vietnam campaign in fourth last week.
"I feel that I'm beginning to hit top form, heading into all these last few events of the season. I played well in Vietnam and I hope to continue doing the same in Cambodia this week," said Thaworn.
The Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open is the only international golf tournament to be held in the Kingdom of Cambodia and is part of the burgeoning 2008 Asian Tour schedule where there will be a minimum of 30 tournaments with over US$39 million in total prize money on offer.
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About Johnnie Walker
JOHNNIE WALKER is the world's number one Scotch whisky brand with annual sales of an estimated 12.7 million nine-litre cases. It is owned by Diageo Plc, the world's leading premium drinks business.
The JOHNNIE WALKER brand is the icon of status and sophistication. The philosophy behind the JOHNNIE WALKER brand advertising and the "Keep Walking" message is to inspire and recognize progress and success in people who symbolize status and sophistication.
JOHNNIE WALKER has a long association with golf. Golf and Scotch whisky are arguably two of Scotland's greatest gifts to the world, which may explain why the world's leading Scotch whisky brand, JOHNNIE WALKER, is the title sponsor for the Cambodia Open 2007
JOHNNIE WALKER's association with golf dates back to the mid 19th Century with involvement in many prestigious tournaments including the Ryder Cup in the 1990s and today across all levels of the game and across all continents on earth.
 
About Phokeethra Country Club
Phokeethra Country Club offers unique and memorable golfing experiences.  It is steeped in the history of the region. Within its grounds stands the magnificent ancient "Roluh" bridge dating back to a Khmer empire in the 11th century AD.  Apart from the historical related, the Phokeethra Country Club's clubhouse also features world-class facilities and affords picture-window vistas overlooking the entire landscape of the course.  Phokeethra Country Club is also ranked amongst the top five of the Best New Courses in Asia by Asian Golf Monthly Magazine and also is ranked as the Top Investment by TTG Magazine. As an official partner, Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Golf & Spa Resort, which is the luxurious five stars resort in Siem Reap, welcomes you all to world-class accommodation and amenities.  Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Golf & Spa Resort is located close to the magnificent Angkor Wat World Heritage Site.  It offers 238 superior and deluxe rooms including 23 suites and the unique Thubtim Siam Presidential Suite.  As service is the core of the whole operations, Sofitel Phokeethra Royal Angkor Golf & Spa Resort is ranked in the gold list world's best 700 hotels, resorts and cruise lines, with 100 percent of services by the travelers in the world famous Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.
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 Carlsberg (Official Beer), ESPN Star Sports (Official Regional TV Broadcaster), Pin High (Official Apparel Partner), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions Provider), Sofitel (Official Hotel), TIME and FORTUNE (Corporate Partner) and Srixon (Official Ball). Sentosa, Singapore?s premier island resort getaway, is the Home of the Asian Tour.