Lu ready for Yeangder TPC return

Thu 29 Aug 2013

Lu ready for Yeangder TPC return

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Taipei, August 29: Chinese Taipei’s Lu Wei-chih will be an inspiration to many when he makes a comeback on the Asian Tour at the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) next month.
Lu, a three-time Asian Tour winner, has been on medical leave for a year to recover from a brain tumour surgery. He will make an anticipated return at the Yeangder TPC, which he won in 2011, at the Linkou Golf and Country Club from September 12 to 15.
The 34-year-old said he is determined to rediscover his old magic after going through the toughest period in his life.
“I will try to take things in stride and not give myself so much pressure. I just want to do my best. It’s not going to be easy but I’m prepared for it,” said Lu.
He was thankful that the operation was successful, but the recovery period took its toll on his personal life and golf career.
“I couldn’t lead a normal lifestyle for a period of time. I couldn’t sit up straight without feeling giddy, not to mention holding my golf clubs properly! I felt weak and I get restless very easily. That was when I thought I might never get to play golf again,” Lu recalled.
Despite the barriers, Lu persevered through the tremendous family support and his strong determination to recover and return to professional golf.
“My family has been very helpful and supportive, especially my wife. If not for them, I may not have pulled through this crisis. It must have been really stressful for my wife. She has to take care of me as well as my two kids. I’m really thankful to her,” said Lu.
“I guess the blessing in disguise was the fact that I got to spend more time with my family during my period of recovery, which I never get to enjoy in the past as I was always travelling for golf tournaments,” he added.
The Yeangder TPC will be Lu’s second professional event since recovering from the brain tumour. He showed great will to finish seventh at the Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship on the Asian Development Tour, which is the feeder circuit to the Asian Tour, earlier this month.
“I’m very surprised with my results. It boosted my confidence and I felt like I’m ready to get back to the Asian Tour once again,” said Lu, whose highlight came in 2011 when he won two Asian Tour titles to finish ninth on the Order of Merit.
“However, I kind of struggled in the last two rounds because I was really exhausted and I thought my body couldn’t take it anymore. I guess I still have a lot to work on my fitness,” he added.
Lu will join a strong line-up of local hopes at the Yeangder TPC which include veteran Lu Wen-teh, Lin Wen-tang, who won the Solaire Open in April, two-time Asian Tour winners Chan Yih-shin and Tsai Chi-huang, as well as highly-rated Hung Chien-yao, who secured his Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School this year.
Other contenders include Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant, who holds an unprecedented 15 Asian Tour titles, defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, Anirban Lahiri and Rikard Karlberg of Sweden.
Ends.
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