Powerful Haig Leads in Driving Average

Sat 30 Mar 2013

Powerful Haig Leads in Driving Average

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March 30: The big-hitting Anton Haig of South Africa signalled his return to Asia by leading the Driving Distance category with an average of 339 yards off the tees.
Huang Tao of Chinese Taipei is second with drives of 323 yards while Chase Wright of the United States is three yards back.
Haig, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, is ahead of Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium, who is leading in the same category on the European Tour and PGA Tour with drives of 318.3 yards and 307.2 yards respectively.
Korea’s Lee Sung, who was born deaf, is currently the straightest hitter on the Asian Tour after finding 84% of fairways. Indians Harmeet Kahlon is second with an accuracy rate of 80% followed by countryman Gaganjeet Bhullar, a four-time Asian Tour winner, on 79%.
On the European Tour Adilson Da Silva of Brazil, also an Asian Tour member, leads the category on 82.7% while Jeff Maggert is ahead in the category with 73.04% on the PGA Tour.
Sung Mao-chang of Chinese Taipei and Michael Tran of Vietname are tied in the Greens in Regulation category with a strike rate of 83% followed by upcoming Chinese player Hu Mu on 82%.
Sung and Tran have a slight advantage of Justin Rose of England, who leads in Europe on 80.8%. Brandt Snedeker tops the group on the PGA Tour on 74.07%.

The secret to Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s success this season lies in his stroke average. He leads the Lowest Stroke Average category with scoring of 67.82. Hwang In-choon (68.25) of Korea and Liang Wen-chong (68.57) of China are placed second and third respectively.
Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa is in prime position on the European Tour with a 69.4 stroke average.
Meanwhile Daniel Chopra of Sweden has an average of 27.3 putts a round to lead the Putting Average category. He is trailed closely by two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Jeev Milkha Singh of India (26.6) and Liang Wen-chong of China (27.1)
Marcus Fraser of Australia, who won the same category on the Asian Tour last season, currently leads on the European Tour with an average of 27.8 putts.
In the Birdie Leader category, Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea has notched a total of 68 birdies which was matched by Berry Henson of the United States.
Ends.