Lu has his eyes on the prize at Yeangder TPC

Tue 09 Sep 2014

Lu has his eyes on the prize at Yeangder TPC

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Taipei, September 9: Chinese Taipei’s Lu Wei-chih hopes to put his brain tumour surgery behind him by winning the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) for the second time in his career.
Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei
Lu, who won the Yeangder TPC in 2011, will be joined by Daniel Chopra of Sweden, Korean-American Chan Kim and defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand at the Yeangder TPC, which starts on Thursday at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
Lu missed the opportunity to defend his title in 2012 as he was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour in the middle of 2012. He took almost a year to recuperate from the brain tumour surgery before making a courageous return to the Asian Tour at the Yeangder TPC last year where he finished tied-32nd.
He is beginning to show improvements in his health and golf game as he enjoyed a third place finish on the local circuit two weeks ago.
“It’s been a mixture of feelings for me coming back here this week. It seems like a lot has happened since I last won here. It was quite tough for me when I first came back to play last year but I’m glad it’s slowly picking up,” said Lu, a three-time Asian Tour winner.
“My fitness is slowly improving and I managed to make halfway cuts in the two consecutive events on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) last month. My fitness was a lot worse when I first came back to play last year. I get tired very easily and I couldn’t play two weeks in a row,” he explained.
Lu’s immediate goal is to return into the winner’s circle and revive his golf career on the Asian Tour. “I’ve been doing well lately which gave me a lot of confidence in my game. I will keep working hard so hopefully my game will get better. I would definitely hope to win this tournament again,” said the 35-year-old.
Daniel Chopra of Sweden Daniel Chopra of Sweden
Chopra, a two-time PGA Tour winner, is feeling upbeat about returning to Chinese Taipei, a country where he won the 1995 Taiwan Open and 2011 Taiwan Masters.
“It’s a pleasure coming back to Chinese Taipei this week. I’ve been coming here since I was 14 and I’ve had great success here so this place holds a lot of good memories for me. It’s a place that I always love coming back to,” said the 40-year-old Chopra.
“Every time I come back to Asia, it seems to reinvigorate my game a little bit. It always gets me motivated to start playing well again. I’ve had injuries for the past couple of years but my form is not too bad recently. It’s just a matter of how you play when your body is hurting,” he added.
Meanwhile Kim, winner of the 2013 Asian Tour Qualifying School, is hoping to make up for the disappointment last year where he agonisingly missed out on his maiden victory to Thaworn.
Chan Kim of the USA Chan Kim of the USA
“I have been working on my game recently and it is coming back to shape. With my experience here last year, I’m definitely looking forward to this week!” said an upbeat Kim.
“I struggled in the first quarter of the season where I missed three consecutive cuts. I had a couple of back issues so it wasn’t the best start to the season. However, I managed to play well in Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines after that so I’m feeling pretty confident now,” added the 24-year-old.
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.