Mardan Hopeful of Win

Fri 08 Apr 2011

Mardan Hopeful of Win

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New Delhi, India, April 8: Singapore’s Mardan Mamat posted a three-under-par 69 to take the third round lead on 15-under-par 201 total at the inaugural Panasonic Open (India) and promised not to let his legion of fans down on Friday.
Mardan’s title aspirations will be put to the test with the Indian brigade led by Anirban Lahiri piling on the pressure. Lahiri posted a 68 to trail the Singaporean by three shots to take second place on 204 while Manav Jaini carded a 67 to take third place after signing for a 205 total.
Eight-time Asian Tour winner Jyoti Randhawa, Himmat Rai and Mukesh Kumar are bunched in equal fourth on 207 at the newest US$300,000 event on the Asian Tour which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).
Mardan, a two-time Asian Tour winner, is 18 holes away from ending a five-year title drought and hopes to reward his supporters with a long awaited win at the Delhi Golf Club.
Mardan’s fans have been very vocal with their support for him with encouraging messages being posted on the Asian Tour facebook page, urging Singapore’s number one golfer to fulfil his true potential by winning this week’s inaugural event.
“I know everyone back home is hoping that I play well and go on to win. I’ve been in this position so many times and I should be able to handle it on the final day,” said Mardan who enjoyed a bogey-free round with three birdies on holes four, eight and nine.
Mardan believes that the key to returning to the winner’s circle is to stay focus and concentrate on his own game.

“I think everything tomorrow will be about me and nobody else. I can’t be distracted and think what the rest of the field is doing. It got to be only me and focusing on playing one hole at a time,” said Mardan.

“I’m pretty pleased with how I’ve played the last three days. This is where I won my first Asian Tour title and hopefully I can do it again tomorrow,” added the Singaporean.
First round leader Lihiri also had another performance of his own to savour.
The 23-year-old marked his card with a birdie on the sixth hole before adding another three in his outward-nine, including a closing birdie which gave him sole possession of second place.
“I shot a four-under with 33 putts at the Delhi Golf Club which is fantastic. I could have shot a better score but I’m not looking too far into that,” said Lahiri.
“I’m happy with the way I’m hitting the ball. I concentrated and focused well today and I’m looking forward to the final round tomorrow,” added Lahiri.
Jaini also kept up the pressure on the Mardan and Lahiri by matching his second round 67 to keep himself in contention for his first win on the Asian Tour.
Starting the day in fifth place, the 28-year-old Indian got off to a blistering start on the front-nine by mixing four birdies against a lone bogey to reach the turn in 33.
Jaini then continued to birdie hole 12 before closing with another birdie on the par-five 18th.
“Anything can happen on this golf course and I’m just trying to go out there and play my game. I had two solid rounds and if I can play like this, I should be in the hunt,” said Jaini.
“This is my home course and I’m glad that it has been kind to me for the last couple of events that I’ve played here. There’s one more day to go and if I can pull off another good round, who knows,” added the Indian.
India’s sports minister, Honorable Shri. Ajay Maken from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will be present for the prize presentation ceremony on the final day at the Delhi Golf Club.
Panasonic, the worldwide leader of electronic product manufacturers, has committed to the title sponsorship in India as an extension of the brand’s involvement with professional golf in Asia as it also hosts the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open in Japan, a tournament jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
The top three players of the Panasonic Open (India) will be invited to play in Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open, scheduled from September 22 to 25 at Biwako Country Club in Shiga Prefecture.
Leading third round scores
201 - Mardan Mamat (SIN) 67-65-69
204 - Anirban Lahiri (IND) 65-71-68
205 - Manav Jaini (IND) 71-67-67
207 - Himmat Rai (IND) 70-67-70, Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 73-66-68, Mukesh Kumar (IND) 70-71-66
210 - Ben Fox (USA) 70-66-74, Prom Meesawat (THA) 74-70-66
211 - Chawalit Plaphol (THA) 74-66-71, Tjaart Van Der Walt (RSA) 72-68-71, Rashid Khan (IND) 74-68-69
212 - Sujjan Singh (IND) 74-69-69, Berry Henson (USA) 71-73-68, Unho Park (AUS) 77-69-66
Selected scores
213 - S.S.P. Chowrasia (IND) 73-72-68
215 - Siddikur (BAN) 70-75-70
Ends
About the Panasonic Open 2011 (INDIA)
The Panasonic Open (India) is the latest tournament in India to join the established Asian Tour in 2011. Held at the venerable Delhi Golf Club from April 6 (Wednesday) to 9 (Saturday), 2011, the tournament will be beamed to over 40 countries and 440 million homes throughout four days of highlights. The Panasonic Open, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), is supported by Panasonic India as the title sponsor, Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla (Official Hotel), Carlsberg Exceptionals (Official Sponsor), Teacher’s Origin (Official Sponsor), Inetol (Official Headwear), Pepsico (Official Beverage), Callaway (Official Ball) and 4moles.com (Digital Media Sponsor).
About Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Panasonic Open
The Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Panasonic Open is co-sanctioned event of Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour and hosted by Panasonic Corporation, Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation and Japan Golf Association. A 150,000,000 yen (approx. 1,700,000USD) event will be held at prestigious Biwako Country Club at Shiga Prefecture, Japan from September 22nd (Thu) to 25th (Sun),Japanese Star Ryo Ishikawa, sponsored by Panasonic, is the host player of the event. ,
About Panasonic Corporation
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.42 trillion yen (US$79.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2010. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net.
About Panasonic India
Panasonic makes available in India its wide range of consumer electronics and home appliances like LCD & Plasma TVs, DVD players, home theatre systems, cameras, camcorders, car audio systems, air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, microwave ovens, automatic cookers, vacuum cleaners and the like. The Company has a workforce of about 11,000 in India and has registered sales of Rs 2,200 crore in FY 2009, and estimated to do a turnover of Rs 3,200 crore in FY 2010. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand in India, please visit http://panasonic.co.in.
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 J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions Provider), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor Pewter (Official Trophy Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Pan Pacific (Official Hotel), BlackBerry (Official Mobile) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.