Moe Hopes to Hit Right Tune

Thu 26 Jan 2012

Moe Hopes to Hit Right Tune

Yangon, January 26: Zaw Moe will carry the local challenge at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan with hopes of winning the coveted title next month.

Moe, one of Myanmar’s finest golf exports, will be eager to kick start the year on a high note at the US$300,000 event after enjoying a solid Asian Tour season last year where he finished in 40th place on the Order of Merit, his best placing in over 10 years.

He will be joined by local hopes Aung Win, Zaw Zin Win and Soe Kyaw Naing at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club from February 2 to 5.

Title holder Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Thai legend Thaworn Wiratchant, a 12-time Asian Tour winner, Gaganjeet Bhullar of India and Marcus Both of Australia will also feature in the event.

Moe enjoyed a splendid run in the second half of the 2011 Asian Tour season when he finished tied fourth at the Macau Open presented by Cityneon. He continued his impressive form at the Yeangder TPC in Chinese Taipei and Mercuries Taiwan Masters where he placed tied eighth and 11th respectively.

He credited his solid form to a new belly putter which he hopes will steer him to a second Asian Tour victory.

“I started using the belly putter in Macau and it has helped me a lot. My putting has been very consistent. Now every time I hit a bad shot, I manage to recover and I never shoot a huge number like what I previously did,” said the 44-year-old, who won the 1997 Singapore Open.

The Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan will return on the Asian Tour after a one year break and Mo, who finished in tied 40th place on the Order of Merit last season, is determined to shine in front of his home crowd.

“It’s always special to play in front of your home fans. I’m looking forward to it and I will be ready to give my best,” he said.


About the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan

The Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan is a US$300,000 full field Asian Tour event which will be staged at the highly-rated Royal Mingalardon Golf & Country Club from February 2-5, 2012 and is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Myanmar Professional Golf Association. Myanmar’s national championship will return to the Asian Tour Schedule after a year’s lapse. It was inaugurated in 1996 and the list of champions includes illustrious names such as three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, countryman Boonchu Ruangkit, American Anthony Kang, South African James Kingston, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Keng-chi and Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka who won the event in 2010.

Sponsors include Zaykabar as the title sponsor, Air Bagan as the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include Sedona Hotel Yangon, 100Plus (isotonic drink), Srixon (official ball), Inetol (official headwear), and supplier sponsors Canon (office automation supplier).


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 Rolex (Official Timekeeper), J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Smartphone and Tablet) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.