Lahiri continues Merit quest at Yeangder TPC

Wed 10 Sep 2014

Lahiri continues Merit quest at Yeangder TPC

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Taipei, September 10: India’s Anirban Lahiri hopes to edge closer to the summit of the Asian Tour Order of Merit by winning the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) which starts on Thursday.
The four-time Asian Tour winner surrendered his Merit lead to David Lipsky when the American won the Omega European Masters on Sunday, but he is still in the running to win the prestigious Order of Merit title as the Asian Tour heads into the business-end of the season.
He will be in the company of countryman Jyoti Randhawa, defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Angelo Que of the Philippines and local hero Lin Wen-tang at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
“I had a good result last week,” said Lahiri, who finished tied 13th in Switzerland. “It is a good start to the second half of the year. I still have a lot of work to do if I want to challenge for the Order of Merit.
“David’s (Lipsky) win makes things interesting on the Order of Merit race. I have to pull up my socks and play my best. It will be good for me because it will motivate me to do better,” smiled the 27-year-old Indian.
Jyoti Randhawa of India Jyoti Randhawa of India
Lahiri enjoyed a solid start to the year when he won the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in April. He also played an integral part in Team Asia’s dramatic tie with Team Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.
“Having one of the Asian Tour members winning in Europe is fantastic. It is a great thing because we had the EurAsia Cup this year and everyone took notice of what the Asian Tour players can do,” he said.
Lahiri’s success on the Asian Tour where he missed only one cut in eight attempts earned him the opportunity to play in The Open Championship and US PGA Championship. He was also rewarded with the prestigious Arjuna award back home which he received from the President of India two weeks ago.
“I have played a little bit over the summer. I played in the two Majors (The Open Championship and PGA Championship) even though I wasn’t healthy. I was still a bit rusty in Switzerland but it is still better than previous summers where I didn’t play at all. Now I’m looking forward to the next three months. I’m very excited about that,” said Lahiri.
For more information, please call Serene Loh or Doyle De Costa at the Yeangder TPC media centre on +6012 699 1976.
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 & 2013), Lu Wei-chih (2011) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (2012).
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) till 2015.
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), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) 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.