Lu shows tough resolve at Yeangder TPC

Fri 13 Sep 2013

Lu shows tough resolve at Yeangder TPC

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Taipei, September 13: Chinese Taipei’s Lu Wei-chih showed strong determination when he made his first Asian Tour cut at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) since returning from a brain tumour surgery.
Lu, who was on a year’s break to recover from surgery, battled to a three-under-par 69 for a one-under-par 143 total at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club, where he won the Yeangder TPC in 2011.
The 34-year-old, who is making his long-awaited comeback on the Asian Tour this week, is seven shots back from the leader Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, who returned with the day’s lowest score of 67 at the US$500,000 Asian Tour event.
Lu, who is still struggling with his fitness, was delighted to play in the rather cool and calm afternoon conditions where slight drizzle swept the Linkou course. He marked his card with five birdies against two bogeys.
“I’m very excited and happy to make the cut which means a lot to me especially since this is my comeback event on the Asian Tour. I played well thanks to the cool weather which made me less tired,” said Lu, a father of two.
Despite making the cut, Lu, a three-time Asian Tour winner, admits that he is playing without any expectations as he adopts a more carefree approach in life.
“It’s hard to believe that on this day last year, I was still being monitored in the ICU after undergoing my brain tumour surgery. Life’s really unpredictable. I am trying to take things easy now, be it in golf or life in general,” added Lu.
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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), Lu Wei-chih (2011) and Ganganjeet Bhullar (2013).
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on the Asian Tour for a further three years until 2015.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) 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.