Kiradech eager to relive the moment

Mon 24 Mar 2014

Kiradech eager to relive the moment

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Kuala Lumpur, March 24: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat is determined to experience the highs of last season in the country where he has enjoyed his most success when the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM gets underway on Thursday.
The EurAsia Cup holds a special place for Kiradech as he believes it will provide the Asian Tour with the opportunity to showcase the strength of Asian golf. Team Asia will take on Team Europe over three days in the Ryder Cup-style event.
“When I see this event on the schedule, I feel very proud that we have a tournament like the Ryder Cup here in Asia. I’m happy that the younger generation like me gets a chance to play in this kind of tournament. I look forward to seeing the Asian Tour grow to be like the European Tour and PGA Tour,” said Kiradech.
The 24-year old won the prestigious Asian Tour Order of Merit last year, thanks to lifting his second Asian Tour title at the Maybank Malaysian Open. He followed that victory up with a tied-third finish at the CIMB Classic in October, also in Malaysia.
Having also enjoyed several top-10s in Malaysia since he made his professional debut in 2008, Kiradech or ‘Arm’ as he is affectionately known to his friends, is banking on this ‘feel-good’ factor to steer Asia towards victory over Europe at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
Kirdech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and Thongchai Jaidee Kirdech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and Thongchai Jaidee
“I always feel at home whenever I play in Malaysia. This week is exceptionally special as my family is here to support me. I think I’ve got a lot of luck in Malaysia, ever since I won the Malaysian Open last year,” said Kiradech.
The tantalizing three-day match play contest is set to ignite intercontinental rivalry and deliver similar tension and drama expected of a world-class match play event.
“Team Europe has got all the top players but I think we’ve got good players as well, especially Thongchai Jaidee, who is one of the best players in Asia right now. I think we will be a tough team to beat,” said Kiradech.
The EurAsia Cup will be another opportunity for the long-hitting Thai to be back in the thick of the action and he is ready to capitalize on it and regain that much-needed confidence despite feeling the loss of his coach, Natpasit Chokthanasart, nicknamed Pro Jew who passed away last December.
“I haven’t been able to get back my swing ever since my coach passed away. It’s tough to go back and work on my game when my coach is not around anymore. I will work very hard to try and find my game back,” said Kiradech.
Meanwhile Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, the reigning Asian Development Tour number one, is ready to put in a performance worthy of his status as Malaysia’s highest ranked golfer.
Like Kiradech, the Malaysian hailed the arrival of the EurAsia Cup as he knows it is a contest that is set to stir up vociferous support for fans from both sides of the continent.
“I’m happy to see a new event like this on the schedule and I’m glad to be part of it. It benefits the players here in Asia and I hope to see it grow in the next few years.  It is a good opportunity to gain experience and bring my game up another level as we get to play with the European players.”
The stars have been shinning for the 23-year-old Malaysian since he won the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit title and he is planning to take advantage of his course familiarity for Team Asia’s maiden win at the EurAsia Cup.
“I’ve played here a few times already. The greens are firmer and faster as compared to years ago. Overall, the course is looking good and it is not too long. Hopefully it will be an advantage to us,” said Fung.
Picked as the captain’s wild card, Fung is also determined to repay the faith shown by Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and his entourage of family members who have arrived from Sabah to lend their support.
“My parents, my relatives and my sponsors are all flying over to KL from Sabah to support me this week. My form has been good since last year so I hope I can bring forward the good form to this week,” said Fung.
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
Tickets for the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM are available for purchase via online and hotline. Golf fans can purchase tickets on www.ticketpro.com.my or call +603 7880 7999 for further details.
Tickets are priced as follow: Day 1 RM78, Day 2 RM78, Day 3 RM98 and Season Ticket RM158. Entry is free for children under the age of 16. Entry is free to all on March 26, Wednesday which is the pro-am day.
Each ticket will include a voucher for a free EurAsia Cup team cap. This can be redeemed on site at the EurAsia Cup at the Official Merchandise shop at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.
The format of play for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM will see five fourball matches being played on the first day (March 27, Thursday) followed by five foursomes matches on day two (March 28, Friday) and 10 singles matches on the final day (March 29, Saturday) at Glenmarie’s Garden course.
The EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. Professional Golf Malaysia (PGM) will act as the local facilitator for the event.
Keep up to date with the EurAsia Cup at www.eurasiacup.com, www.facebook.com/eurasiacupgolf and @EurAsiaCupGolf.
Team Asia
Thongchai Jaidee (Captain, Thailand), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand), Gaganjeet Bhullar (India), Nicholas Fung (Malaysia), Kim Hyung-sung (Korea,) Anirban Lahiri (India), Prayad Marksaeng  (Thailand), Koumei Oda (Japan), Siddikur Rahman (Bangladesh), Hideto Tanihara (Japan).
Team Europe
Miguel-Angel Jimenez (Captain, Spain), Thomas Bjorn (Denmark), Jamie Donaldson (Wales),
Victor Dubuisson (France), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain), Stephen Gallacher (Scotland), Pablo Larrazabal (Spain), Joost Luiten (Netherlands), Graeme McDowell (N Ireland)
Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark).
About DRB-HICOM Berhad
DRB-HICOM Berhad (DRB-HICOM) is one of Malaysia’s leading conglomerates with core businesses in the Automotive; Services; and Property, Asset & Construction sectors. With more than 80 active companies in its stable and over 57,000 employees group-wide, DRB-HICOM’s aim is to continue adding value and propelling the nation’s development. In the Automotive sector, DRB-HICOM is involved in the manufacturing, assembly and distribution of passenger and commercial vehicles, including the national motorcycle. In Services, DRB-HICOM is involved in various businesses, including concession and financial-related services. In Property, Asset & Construction, DRB-HICOM is involved in residential and commercial developments. Visit www.drb-hicom.com
About Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)
Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered on 5th August 2010 in Malaysia. As a non-profit organisation, PGM’s objectives are to promote the sport of golf and to contribute towards its enjoyment and growth. To conduct and/or coordinate training on golf-related courses in order to enhance the playing capabilities and skills of professional golfers, as well as to promote and/or conduct a golf Tour or events as a means to hone their skills and to elevate the standards of the professional golfers in Malaysia. Also, to provide a platform for Malaysia’s professional golfers to enable them to focus on playing while PGM shoulders the responsibility of arranging and financing these tournaments.
To achieve these objectives, PGM organises a series of golf tournaments on an annual basis. Last year (2013) PGM hosted 22 tournaments offering prize money of over RM4 million, nine of which were co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and three with the ASEAN Tour.
The schedule for 2014 features 25 tournaments offering prize money of over RM5 million, twelve of which are again co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and three with the ASEAN Tour. The expansion of the Tour on an annual basis and the increased prize money is an indicator of its vibrant growth year-on-year.
For further information, please log in to http://pgmtour.blogspot.com/
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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
About The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.

 


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