Kim ready to thrill #MyanmarOpen

Tue 02 Feb 2016

Kim ready to thrill #MyanmarOpen

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Yangon, February 2: Korea's K.T Kim is ready to thrill the local galleries during his maiden visit to Myanmar when the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open makes its much anticipated start at the Royal Mingalardon Country Club on Thursday.
Myanmar's National Open was last played in 2013 and returns with a new title sponsor in Leopalace21 and lucrative prize purse of US$750,000.
It will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organsiation (JGTO) for the first time.
Kim, who enjoyed a phenomenal season on the Japan, winning five times en route to topping the JGTO money list, believes he is well rested and ready to challenge for the title after uncharacteristically missing the weekend cut in Singapore last week.
From left Younghan Song and KT Kim of Korea From left Younghan Song and KT Kim of Korea
“I’ve been working hard on my putting as I didn’t putt well in Singapore. But I had a good rest and I’m ready to play well again.
“I’ve heard so much wonderful things about this country and I’m happy I’m here now. I’m determined to put up a strong performance and contend for the title this week,” said Kim.
Compatriot Younghan Song is looking to extend his winning run at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open after a marathon week in Singapore where he defeated world number one Jordan Spieth by one shot.
“Beating Jordan was like a dream come true. But it’s a new week now and my focus will be to do well again.
“I’m in very good form and I hope it continues that way,” said Song.
Meanwhile Zaw Zaw Latt hopes to provide the local cheers as he takes on the strong field which also boosts Asian Tour Order of Merit winners Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Philippines’ Juvic Pagunsan and China’s Liang Wen-chong.
The local hopeful won the country’s Order of Merit title last year and is relishing the experience of pitting himself against some of the region’s best players.
“I’ve been here on the golf course since Sunday practicing hard. It’ll be nice if I can give them a good fight and stay in the mix this week,”
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About Leopalace21
Founded in 1973, Leopalace21 is a real estate company which constructs and rents apartments, currently managing 560 thousand rooms in Japan. The company also owns and operates a 36-hole golf course and resort facility in Guam, as well as 15 overseas offices which introduce residences and offices to Japanese companies advancing into the ASEAN region.
Leopalace21 Corporation: http://eg.leopalace21.com/
Leopalace Resort Guam: http://www.guam.ne.jp/
About Japan Golf Tour Organization
Established: February 8, 1999, Japan Golf Tour Organization is a governing body for golf tournaments undertakings in Japan. As such, our purpose is to contribute to an orderly development of tour tournament businesses both domestic and abroad as well as to the improvement of tour players’ financial situation. Furthermore, through attempts to improve tournament surroundings, advancement of tournament standards, spreading and promoting of tournament sports shall be pursued. Concurrently, we seek to promote golf tournament related international exchange by maintaining close relations with golf tournament management bodies abroad. As a result of all, we aim at being conducive to creating and developing a rich sports culture.
Japan Golf Tour Organization: http://www.jgto.org/pc/
English: http://www.jgto.org/pc/WG02000000Init.do
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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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.