Powerful Hend ready to hit the mark

Thu 21 Nov 2013

Powerful Hend ready to hit the mark

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Jakarta, November 21: An in-form Scott Hend of Australia will be among 16 players ranked inside the top-20 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit who will grace the US$750,000 Indonesia Open next week.
More than 35 Asian Tour winners will feature in the showpiece which include two-time Major champion Retief Goosen of South Africa, Daniel Chopra of Sweden and India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar, making it one of the strongest field to assemble in an Asian Tour event.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand, who lost in a play-off to Liang Wen-chong of China last week, Shiv Kapur of India, Siddikur of Bangladesh, Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei and Berry Henson of the United States, all Asian Tour winners, will also be among the elite field at the Pantai Indah Kapuk course at Damai Indah Golf.
Rory Hie of Indonesia, aiming for his first Asian Tour title, will lead the home charge alongside Andik Mauludin, Asian Development Tour (ADT) regular George Gandranata, and Benny Kasiadi at the Asian Tour event which is staged from November 28 to December 1.
Hend, ranked second on the Order of Merit, will make a welcome return to the venue where he won his first Asian Tour title in 2008. He went on to win four other titles on the region’s premier Tour which is celebrating its 10th season in 2013 including three victories this year.
The big-hitting Australian attributed his success to hard work and will not take his foot off the pedal as he aims for another victory at the Indonesia Open.
“I’m working physically, mentally and on my game.  I’m working very hard on my game.  You can’t work on your game and not work on yourself physically and mentally, because they have all got to be pretty much as strong as each other. And you can’t just work on your strong points.  You have to work on your weaknesses. There’s a lot to do with it,” said Hend.
“Obviously if you want another target, it would be to win again.  That would be a nice target.  You know, once you win, you get the feeling of how good it is to win and you want to keep winning. You’re not fortunate enough to win every year and I’ve been lucky enough to win once last year and then I’ve won three times this year,” he added.
Thailand’s Prom will continue his quest for a long-awaited second Asian Tour win since 2006. He came close to winning at the Resorts World Manila Masters last week only to fall short at the final hurdle in a play-off against Liang.
“I had a bad season in 2010,” said Prom, referring to his injury. “I lost all my confidence. I’ve been working very hard since. My friends and my team have been a great help. My wife and family have been supporting me too. I am glad I am starting to play good again.”
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
Siddikur hopes to maintain his superb form after winning his second Asian Tour title at the Hero Indian Open two weeks ago. The sharp-shooting Bangladeshi is one of the most consistent players on the Asian Tour this season and he will be aiming reinforce his position on the Order of Merit where he is placed third.
“After winning Brunei in (2010) I was really hungry to win more tournaments but it didn’t happen. However, I still remained confident and I told myself that a big victory is coming my way. That big victory happened at the Indian Open.
“I think golf is getting bigger in Bangladesh. I have a lot of fans on Facebook and I received a lot of messages from my fans. I think my win in India will really impact golf in Bangladesh and in Asia,” said the 29-year-old Siddikur.
Fans from around the world can also watch these world class golfers in action through the live broadcast on the Asian Tour Media platform. Asian Tour Media will produce 16 hours of live coverage from the event which will be seen across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America plus further coverage and distribution generated via the highlights and magazine programmes from the event, resulting in global media exposure for all the sponsors involved in this prestigious tournament.
Established in 1974, the Indonesia Open, which is making a return onto the Asian Tour schedule after a lapse of several years, boasts of a roll of honour that includes prominent names such as the late American Payne Stewart, Frank Nobilo of New Zealand, Filipino legend Frankie Minoza, Australia’s Craig Parry, Chinese Taipei’s Lu Chien-soon, Myanmar’s Mya Aye and Thai duo Thongchai Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant, who are both Asian Tour Order of Merit champions.
The 2013 Indonesia Open is supported by some of the most recognisable domestic and international brands, which include BANK BRI, Total E&P Indonesie, Pertamina, Japfa, PT. Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, JS Luwansa Hotel & Convention Center, Harum Energy, Bintang, Subway, Beringer, Srixon, Loewe, Danone, Hypernet, Ricoh and Maui Jim.
For more details on the 2013 Indonesia Open, please visit the official tournament website www.indonesiaopen.net or its Facebook page www.facebook.com/indonesiaopengolf.
About Persatuan Golf Indonesia
Persatuan Golf Indonesia (PGI) is the National Golf Association which is the sole authority in charge of the national amateur golf in the country that was founded on April 8, 1966. In addition to shelter under the R&A Scotland, PGI is also a member of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) which consists of 28 similar associations in the Asia Pacific region.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.