Kiradech eyes top show again

Wed 20 Nov 2013

Kiradech eyes top show again

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Melbourne, VIC, November 20: Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat sees the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf which starts on Thursday as another opportunity to announce his arrival on the big stage.
The burly 24-year-old, who has virtually placed one hand on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit title following a stellar season, will make his second appearance in the storied event, which will offer US$7 million for the individual category and US$1 million for nations who are represented by two players.
“Representing Thailand and Asia as well, we want to show that we can fight against the star players,” said Kiradech at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club today.
“It’s exciting to be playing golf for the first time in Royal Melbourne. I’ve been here a few times previously but I didn’t play. They’ve changed the format a little bit but it’s going to be good fun.
“The game is feeling good. From the beginning of the year till now, I’m working on my swing and trying to sink some putts. The game feels good. I’ve got a new teammate in Prayad Marksaeng who is a good player. We’ve played in Japan for a while and we’ll be trying to shoot some low scores together,” he added.
As one of Asia’s new breed of young stars, Kiradech has every intention to play his way into the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro when golf makes a return into the programme. The qualifying process for the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf was modified this year to reflect qualification for the Olympics.
“I will be 27 at the Olympics. Playing in this World Cup would help me get ready for the Olympics. I want to try to be one of the players in the Thailand team in three years’ time,” he said.
Sweet-swinging Prayad Marksaeng, who captured his seventh Asian Tour title at the Queen’s Cup in June, is looking forward to a strong outing.
“I think the result for the team will be good as Kiradech is playing well and I’m also playing pretty good of late,” said the 47-year-old.
“I’m happy with my form right now. My game is feeling good. I’m playing well and everything seems to be working. It is good to be here at the World Cup which is a big event.”