Perera prepares to cross swords with rivals #MyanmarOpen

Wed 03 Feb 2016

Perera prepares to cross swords with rivals #MyanmarOpen

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Yangon, February 3: Sri Lanka's Mithun Perera is looking to settle some old scores when he returns to avenge his narrow defeat at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open which will tee off at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
Memories of being pipped to the finishing line by Thailand's Chawalit Plaphol in 2013 still remains fresh in his mind and the bubbly 29-year-old is hoping to make up for lost time when the Myanmar showpiece returns after a two-year absence.
“I came very close to winning my first Asian Tour then and I remembered I was five shots off the lead at the start of the day and made a strong charge but lost by one shot.
Chawalit Plaphol of Thailand Chawalit Plaphol of Thailand
“That was one of my best runs on the Asian Tour and I was really hoping I could win then. But it’s okay, I’ve another chance again this week and hopefully, I can do it,” said Perera.
While it has been close to three years since Perera last played at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club, he remains confident of tackling the challenging 7,218 yards-par 72 course.
“I had a short practice round and I know the kind of shots I should hit on this golf course again. I feel that as long as I stay focused and patient, I should be in contention again,” said Perera.
Chawalit believes it will not be a stroll in the park for the Sri Lankan as he is determined to put up a stout defence of his title.
“I’m going to defend my title well. I’ve won on this golf course and I’m confident I can do that again. The course conditions are more difficult as the fairways are softer and the greens more firm but I’m in good form and it should be okay,” said Chawalit.
Meanwhile Japan’s Shintaro Kobayashi is hopeful of being the surprise package at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open which boosts a strong field that features Asian Tour Order of Merit winners Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Philippines’ Juvic Pagunsan and China’s Liang Wen-chong and Korea’s K.T. Kim, who topped the merit list in Japan last year.
Kobayashi has yet to win a professional Tour but he is upbeat of achieving that following his solid finish in Singapore on Monday.
“I finished tied for fourth in Singapore which was one of my best results in a long time. That was my first event and to start off the season that well is really good for my morale and confidence.
Shintaro Kobayashi of Japan Shintaro Kobayashi of Japan
“This is my first visit to Myanmar and it’s a very beautiful country. Hopefully, I can take back even more beautiful memories come Sunday,” said Kobayashi.
Myanmar's National Open was last played in 2013 and returns with a new title sponsor in Leopalace21 and lucrative prize purse of US$750,000.
It will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organsiation (JGTO) for the first time as part of a three-year partnership.
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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 Japan Golf Tour Organization
Established: February 8, 1999, Japan Golf Tour Organization is a governing body for golf tournaments undertakings in Japan. As such, our purpose is to contribute to an orderly development of tour tournament businesses both domestic and abroad as well as to the improvement of tour players’ financial situation. Furthermore, through attempts to improve tournament surroundings, advancement of tournament standards, spreading and promoting of tournament sports shall be pursued. Concurrently, we seek to promote golf tournament related international exchange by maintaining close relations with golf tournament management bodies abroad. As a result of all, we aim at being conducive to creating and developing a rich sports culture.
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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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.