Lahiri and Baek ready for CIMB Classic

Thu 17 Oct 2013

Lahiri and Baek ready for CIMB Classic

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Kuala Lumpur, October 17: India’s rising star Anirban Lahiri is eyeing a top finish at the star-studded US$7 million CIMB Classic next week to haul himself into the chase for the Asian Tour Order of Merit crown.
Lahiri, a three-time Asian Tour winner, will be amongst a stellar cast at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club which will include include multiple Major winner Phil Mickelson of the United States, defending champion Nick Watney and Spanish stalwart Sergio Garcia.
Major champions Ernie Els of South Africa, who is also an Asian Tour honorary member and international ambassador, former Masters Tournament winner Bubba Watson of the United States and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, the current Asian Tour number one, will also feature in the CIMB Classic which is sanctioned by the PGA TOUR and Asian Tour.
Lahiri, ranked eighth on the Order of Merit with US$156,973, knows a strong week in Malaysia will put him in position to challenge for the Merit crown. He trails Kiradech by approximately US$550,000.
“Obviously it will be a very important event that shapes the Order of Merit. Anybody that finishes high up that week is going to have a good chance at winning the Order of Merit,” said the 26-year-old Lahiri, who has already won once this season.
The young Indian, who finished tied 26th in the CIMB Classic last season, knows there will be plenty to play for as the winner of the CIMB Classic will earn playing rights on the PGA TOUR and a prized spot in the 2014 Masters Tournament.
“Giving it official status on the PGA Tour and on the Asian Tour will change the importance and stature of the event. The attitude towards the event will change and players will be more serious. There’s a lot more on offer apart from the prize money and experience and I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” said Lahiri.
After a relatively successful season highlighted by six top-10s on the Asian Tour, Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea will be hoping that the experience of playing against the PGA TOUR stars will provide him with the impetus to win his first title on the region’s premier Tour.
“It is really important for me to play in the CIMB Classic because this is the first time I’m playing in a PGA TOUR event. I don’t want to go to the tournament just to play in it. I want to learn something from the players. I want to use the experience to improve in my own game,” said Baek.
Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea
The 23-year-old Baek will be out to learn some valuable lessons from the stars of the game including Asian Tour honorary member K.J. Choi, who is an eight-time PGA Tour winner, Angel Cabrera of Argentina and Keegan Bradley of the United States.
“I haven’t played with a PGA Tour player so now I will get the chance to learn how they hit different shots. I’m going to watch them closely, play my own game and try not to be too aggressive. I’m sure it will be fun,” smiled the Korean.
For more information on the CIMB Classic, log on to our website at www.cimbclassic.com, or join us on Facebook at, https://www.facebook.com/CIMBClassic.
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About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately US$18.4 billion as at 31 Jul 2013 and over 42,000 employees located in 17 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.86 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
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), 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.