Lipsky in Doral dreamland

Wed 04 Mar 2015

Lipsky in Doral dreamland

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March 4: American David Lipsky, the 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, will fulfill a childhood dream when he tees off at the US$9.25 million World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Miami on Thursday.
Lipsky earned his place in the elite field at Trump National Doral by topping the rankings in Asia last season and will be joined by in-form Indian Anirban Lahiri, who finished second behind Lipsky last season, and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand.
Former Asian Tour winner Sangmoon Bae will also be in the field headlined by world number one Rory McIlroy.
Lipsky, who is Korean-American, has featured in PGA Tour-sanctioned tournaments previously at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and WGC-HSBC Champions in China last season but the opportunity to compete on home soil is one to cherish.
“I’ve played in PGA Tour events before but I’ve never played one in in the U.S. which is where I’m from. I’m really looking forward to that as it’s something that I have always aspired to do. To be able to do that is like fulfilling a childhood dream,” said the 27-year-old.
Since earning his Asian Tour card by winning the Qualifying School in 2012, Lipsky has established himself as one of the most successful international players in the region. In his rookie year, he won the Cambodian Classic before going on to claim his biggest triumph yet at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland last year.
Victory helped him edge Lahiri in the race for the coveted No. 1 crown on the Asian Tour.
“This win means a lot to me and I’m feeling a lot of pride. This is something which I aspired to do,” he said at the end of last season.
“I know that if I play well, I can compete against the best. I couldn’t have been more proud of what I’ve accomplished,” added the American, who posted four other top-10s last season.
Lipsky will play with Thomas Aiken and Morgan Hoffman in the first round while Lahiri, who has won two of his last three tournaments, will tee up alongside Hiroyuki Fujita and Webb Simpson. Thongchai has been drawn to play with Joost Luiten and J.B. Holmes.
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