Lu fights for Tour survival #RWMMasters

Tue 17 Nov 2015

Lu fights for Tour survival #RWMMasters

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Manila, November 17: Chinese Taipei’s Lu Wei-chih is ready to fight for his Asian Tour survival by producing a strong showing at the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters which starts on Thursday.
Daniel Chopra of Sweden Daniel Chopra of Sweden
Currently 67th on the Order of Merit, the 36-year-old Lu, who overcame a brain tumour surgery three years ago, knows he must perform well at Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club and break into the top-60 by the end of the season which is the cut-off to secure full playing rights in 2016.
Lu, who is a three-time Asian Tour winner, is amongst several other leading names battling for their Tour cards as the season approaches its climax with four events remaining. Qualifying School winner Daniel Chopra of Sweden, who is presently ranked 61st, is also sitting on the bubble.
“My main aim right now is to break into top-60 on the Order of Merit,” said Lu.
“You need to know where to place your ball on this course. I will just focus shot by shot, take it one step at a time and not push myself too hard. I think my game is in good shape. I am still working on my fitness and it’s improving.”
A top-20 outing at the World Classic Championship in Singapore has given Lu some fresh confidence as he prepares for the year-end push. “It was tough last week but I am happy with how I finished, given the challenging conditions,” he said.
“I hope to stick to my own tempo this week and continue what I have been doing.”
Chopra, who is a PGA Tour winner, is keeping a close eye on the Merit list in his hope to earn a full card for next season.
“I always like playing here at Manila Southwoods. It’s got its challenges. The greens are pretty small and the course is in good shape. The only issue I’m having right now is my three wood and hybrid clubs which is kind of key around here but it’s a confidence thing. I’ll work on it and try to figure it out these two days,” said Chopra, who also finished top-20 last week having recovered from a back injury.
171115_RWWM_Marcus Both (AUS) 02“I kind of feel things are starting to come around and I’ll try to build on it. I know where I stand on the Order of Merit. You need top-10s and you need to be in position to win golf tournaments. Years prior, I was locking my card in two or three events. I have four more events to play and hopefully I can get it down in those,” added the 41-year-old.
Returning to the Philippines which was the scene of his third Asian Tour victory, Australian Marcus Both is determined to turn his lackluster season around after making only four cuts from 15 starts.
“This is the first time I have been back since I won the Philippine Open last year. It’s great to be back in this country as it reminds me of some good memories from my win. The course looks great and it seems like it’s in better conditions than two years ago when I last played here,” said the tall Australian.
“I’ve left myself quite a lot to do in the last few weeks of the year. I haven’t been driving the ball well but I am working very hard on that. I know every week is an opportunity for me to play well so I will continue to work on that,” added the 36-year-old, who is ranked a lowly 135th on the Merit list.
Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka
Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka hopes to take advantage of his driving accuracy to contend for the Resorts World Manila Masters, which is the richest golf tournament in the Philippines.
I have played well here the last two times and I have led this tournament before. Accuracy will be the key. My accuracy has always been good so hopefully I can score,” said Perera.
“I am always aiming to win. I have come close a few times. I know I can do it. I will keep trying. That has always been at the back of my mind. Also, I am trying to qualify for the Olympic Games next year. These are my main targets right now. I just need a good week and maybe a bit more luck,” added 28-year-old.
Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat will defend his title at the Resorts World Manila Masters against a stellar line-up which includes no fewer than 30 Tour winners, three former Order of Merit champions in Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa and Thaworn Wiratchant, and local stalwarts Angelo Que, Miguel Tabuena and Antonio Lascuna.
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