Lam Seeks Revival

Tue 06 Nov 2012

Lam Seeks Revival

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Singapore, November 6: Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing believes the stature of the US$6 million Barclays Singapore Open is a motivation in itself to do well when the prestigious Singapore showpiece tees off on Thursday.
Lam’s finest moment at the Barclays Singapore Open came in 2008 when he brilliantly played his way into contention after three rounds.
Going into the final 18 holes three off the pace, the Singaporean however stumbled home with a 79 and had to settle for tied 18th place at the Sentosa Golf Club.
Lam redeemed himself when he won his first Asian Tour title at the season ending event in Bangkok a month later.
Languishing in 90th place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, Lam is aware of his precarious position as finishing outside the top-60 at the end of the season will mean having to return to Qualifying School to regain his full playing rights on the Tour.
“I’ve been in this situation before. I’m not in a good position on the Order of Merit but I don’t think I should be thinking about that right now. I just want to come out here and play four solid rounds,” said Lam.
The 35-year-old believes his return to the Sentosa Golf Club, where he has achieved much success over the years, will provide him with the added advantage as he seeks to become the first Singaporean to win his National Open.
“It’s such a great event and for Singaporeans, I think it’s really like a major for us. It’s one tournament that we looked forward to all year. You always look at the schedule and see when the Singapore tournament is,” said Lam.
“It’s always at the back of your mind that you want to come back here. I definitely have great memories out here. I’ve played well in a couple of Singapore Opens and qualified for British Open twice out here as well,” added Lam.
Lam will count on family support when he tees off the Barclays Singapore Open and he is determined to put up a good showing not only for himself but for his son whom he regards as his number one ardent fan.
“My son has been telling me every day that he wants to come out here and watch me play. I’ve to make sure I play good so that he can come out here and follow me a little bit,” said Lam.
Meanwhile fellow countryman Quincy Quek is hopeful that he can reach another career high at the Barclays Singapore Open following his first career win on the Asian Development Tour in the Philippines in August.
“I’ve been playing with more consistency since that win. I think that has helped to instill some confidence in myself and I believe that nothing is impossible. I’m now hoping to bring that with me onto the main tour and play well,” said Quek.
Quek enjoyed a solid amateur career where he won four times including the 2008 Putra Cup team title and 2007 Putra Cup individual title and was crowned the best amateur at the Barclays Singapore Open in 2007.
With his strong self-belief that he can take on the stellar field that includes world number one Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Quek is looking forward to a solid campaign on home soil this week.
“A tournament of this size and caliber definitely attracts very good players. It’s a bonus to be able to play in the same field as the world’s best and of course the world number one. I’ve got my family and friends supporting me this week you and hopefully I’ll be the last one to putt from the 18th hole on Sunday,” smiled Quek.
Singapore’s other representatives at the Barclays Singapore Open include the country’s number one golfer Mardan Mamat, Lam Zhiqun, Koh Dengshan and Choo Tze Huang.
This year marks the 49th staging of the Singapore Open which will be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
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