Norris ready to defend at Leopalace21 #MyanmarOpen

Wed 18 Jan 2017

Norris ready to defend at Leopalace21 #MyanmarOpen

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Yangon, Myanmar, January 11: Shaun Norris of South Africa hopes to rediscover his putting touch ahead of his title defence at the US$750,000 Leopalace21 Myanmar Open from January 26 to 29.
Norris, who secured his second Asian Tour title in last year’s showpiece when he fired a sparkling third round 61, will headline the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
He will be joined by two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, who won twice in 2016, and Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei.
The Leopalace21 Myanmar Open will move to a new venue at the Pun Hlaing Golf Club but the big-hitting South African remains confident of retaining his title on a different golf course.
Shaun Norris of South Africa Shaun Norris of South Africa
“I don’t think there’s any player in the world who never looks forward at defending their title even if it is at a new course. I’m expecting the best and I look forward to 2017. I want to learn from what I’ve done in 2016 an pick up on the experience of playing in Asia and Japan,” said Norris.
The 34-year-old is keen to settle for a putter which has the same feel with the one which guided him to victory in Myanmar following a mishap on the plane that dented his trusted flat stick.
“My putting was phenomenal that week. The putts I needed to make, I made. I gave myself chances and I made those. Unfortunately throughout the season I didn’t putt as well as I did in Myanmar,” said Norris.
“I had a little mishap with an airline when they dropped or threw my bag and dented the face of my putter. I’ve been looking around to look for the same type of feel in a putter. Hopefully, I’ll get back there and I’ll find a putter that feels exactly the same!” he added.
Norris, an Asian Tour Qualifying School graduate, won his first Asian Tour title at the 2015 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Chinese Taipei and following his breakthrough, he has enjoyed an upswing in his career in Asia.
“It was a slow start to the year (2016) but Myanmar definitely got me going again. It got me trusting my game again. I was really excited for the year after that win. That helped me out and got the ball rolling.
“It helps any player if you get a win under your belt as soon as possible because from the word go, you can play and select the courses you want to play on,” said Norris.
The Leopalace21 Myanmar Open will enjoy global television coverage for the first time in its history as the event will be broadcast live to over 180 countries and 740 million households.
About Leopalace21
Founded in 1973, Leopalace21 is a real estate company which constructs and rents apartments, currently managing 560 thousand rooms in Japan. The company also owns and operates a 36-hole golf course and resort facility in Guam, as well as 15 overseas offices which introduce residences and offices to Japanese companies advancing into the ASEAN region.
Leopalace21 Corporation: http://eg.leopalace21.com/
Leopalace Resort Guam: http://www.guam.ne.jp/
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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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About the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open
The Leopalace21 Myanmar Open was first co-sanctioned between the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour in 2016. In 2017, it will be staged at the Pun Hlaing Golf Club and title sponsored by Leopalace21. The other co-sponsors are ABC Mart, Inc. KDDI Corporation, Secom Co. Ltd. SumitomoMitsui Construction Co. Ltd. Mynavi Corporation and Kaga Electronics Co. Ltd.