Kumar battles flu to share lead

Fri 13 Sep 2013

Kumar battles flu to share lead

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Taipei, September 13: India’s Chiragh Kumar grabbed a share of the clubhouse lead despite feeling unwell when he fired a second round three-under-par 69 to tie with local prospect Hsu Mong-nan at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on Friday.
Kumar, who has been battling with flu since round one, totalled seven-under-par 137 to share the lead with Asian Development Tour (ADT) graduate Hsu, who returned with a 68 at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
Chan Kim of the United States, who topped the class at the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier this year, posted a 68 for a 138 total while Australian Tim Stewart was a further shot back at the US$500,000 Asian Tour event.
Kumar, who opened his campaign with a 68, stayed focus despite being ill. He overcame the challenging course and blustery conditions which made life difficult for players.
“It is tough out there. It was windy so it was tough to control the ball. The greens are quite hard so I’m pretty happy with how I played. It is not an easy golf course. It is a thinking golf course,” said the 29-year-old, Kumar.
Hsu Mong-nan of Chinese Taipei Hsu Mong-nan of Chinese Taipei
“I just hope to continue my form. I’m feeling better than yesterday. I’m going back to rest now. I don’t have any energy to practice. My ankle is alright now. Hopefully the pain won’t come back,” added the confident Indian, who injured his right ankle about a year and a half ago.
Hsu, who marked his card with an eagle, four birdies against two bogeys, is delighted with his game despite feeling the pressure of playing on the Asian Tour.
“It got really windy towards the last few holes so it’s kind of tough out there. My iron play is good today so I’m pretty happy with how I played,” said Hsu, who earned his full playing rights on the Asian Tour through a top-three finish on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last year.
“I’m beginning to feel the pressure of playing on the Asian Tour now. The players here are really good. There have been lots of ups and downs this season. Hopefully, I can finish well this week so that I can stay within the top-60 to keep my card for next year,” added Hsu.
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About the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship
The Yeangder TPC is the brainchild of Yeangder Group Chairman Mr. Emmet Hsu. An avid golfer himself, he holds his own on the fairways as well as the boardroom. Mr. Hsu is a strong supporter for golf in Chinese Taipei and across the region. Apart from sponsoring the Yeangder TPC, Mr. Hsu also sponsors the Yeangder ADT and supports the leading Chinese Taipei players including Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin, Lin Wen-hong and Chan Shih-chang.
Inaugurated in 2010, the prize purse for the Yeangder TPC has grown from US$300,000 to US$500,000. The Yeangder TPC is a popular stop on the Asian Tour Schedule and it has welcomed many worthy champions such as Thaworn Wiratchant (2010), Lu Wei-chih (2011) and Ganganjeet Bhullar (2013).
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on the Asian Tour for a further three years until 2015.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) 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.