Pavit plots title charge #YeangderHeritage

Thu 27 Apr 2017

Pavit plots title charge #YeangderHeritage

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Miaoli, Chinese Taipei, April 26: Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand hopes to return to winning ways when he contends at the US$300,000 Yeangder Heritage which starts on Thursday.
Pavit, who turns 28 next week, is excited to return to the National Golf Country Club (NGCC), the venue where he won his fifth Asian Development Tour (ADT) title by defeating home favourite Lin Wen-tang on the fourth play-off hole last year.
The talented Thai came of age when he claimed a breakthrough win on the Asian Tour in Macao last season and is feeling positive and confident of his title chances this week.
Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines poses for a picture Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines poses for a picture
He will challenge for the title against an elite cast which includes Filipino hotshot Miguel Tabuena, who returned to competitive golf last week after pulling an intercostal muscle in March.
The 22-year-old Tabuena, who has one victory on the Asian Tour, is slowly finding his groove again after returning from a one month injury lay-off.
Playing in his fifth season on the Asian Tour, Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei is bracing for a low scoring week. He hopes to land a dream victory this week but will not force the issue or give himself added pressure.
Did you know?

  • Pavit finished a career high of 10th place on the 2016 Order of Merit thanks to his victory at the Venetian Macao Open where he defeated Anirban Lahiri on the first play-off hole.

  • Pavit is a five-time winner on the ADT, with two of his titles coming from Chinese Taipei. He holds the most number of wins on the ADT alongside Chan Shih-chang.

  • He won an ADT event last year at the National Golf Country Club on the fourth play-off hole after forcing extra time thanks to three closing birdies. He ended regulation play tied with Lin Wen-tang on 20-under-par 268.

  • Tabuena played at the National Golf Country Club in 2012 where he finished in a share of 12th place.

  • The Filipino won his first Asian Tour title in his National Open in 2015 and has come close to winning in Chinese Taipei on numerous occasions. He settled for second place at the 2016 Mercuries Taiwan Masters and 2014 and 2015 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC).

  • Hung is without an Asian Tour victory after playing in 64 events. He came close to his breakthrough win at the 2015 Resorts World Manila Masters before settling for tied third place.

"Mentally, I feel that I’m a better player." - Pavit Tangkamolprasert

Players’ Quotes:
Pavit Tangkamolprasert (Tha)
I’m playing quite good at the moment. My tee shots are good. I missed the cut by one shot in Japan last week but I’m still feeling positive.
I’m happy that the Yeangder Group upgraded this event from the ADT to Asian Tour. It gives some of the players a chance to move up in their career. There are a lot of good players this week but when the round starts, it will be me against the golf course.
I get to play in more events now after my win in Macao. I’m not rushing or forcing myself to win more. This year is more a learning curve for me when I play in the bieg events. I’m still learning.
Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei
Mentally, I feel that I’m a better player. This year I try to focus on my fitness so my golf game dropped a little bit early in the year. I try to work out more because I’m playing in more events this year and after playing consecutive weeks, I don’t feel as tired as I used to be.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
I’m still getting back into the flow of competitive golf after being out for a month. I pulled an intercostal muscle during the Hero Indian Open (third day). I was going to pull out but I decided to deal with it.
I was out for four weeks and I didn’t play in the local events. The event in Japan was my first in a month so I did pretty well considering the preparation time I had. I also have a new set of clubs which I’m still trying to get comfortable with.
It is a matter of getting into position every day and moving up the leaderboard until you have a chance to win on Sunday.
I played in perfect weather yesterday (Tuesday) but we are expecting some rain and wind in the first round but it is something which I’m used to. I’ve been playing in Chinese Taipei since 2011 so I know the weather can change in an instant.
Hung Chien-yao (Tpe)
My game is not bad. I always have the confidence in my game but golf is such that there are good and bad days. I will try to do my best in every single round.
Everybody wants to win the tournament. You need to play well and have some luck to win a tournament. It will mean a lot to me if I can win but I won’t push or force myself. I do not want to give myself unnecessary pressure.
This is my fifth year on the Asian Tour but I feel that I need more experience and luck to win a tournament. We played a lot on this golf course so I think there’s no advantage for the local players. You just need to avoid making mistakes and hope to be on the leaderboard.
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