Prayad eyes merit charge

Mon 28 Sep 2015

Prayad eyes merit charge

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Sentosa, Singapore, September 28: Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng will turn his attention towards scaling the Asian Tour Order of Merit after an eventful week in Japan.
The 49-year-old veteran led at the halfway stage at the Asia-Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup but lost his way during the weekend rounds after his putter went cold and finished tied for 11th.
But despite missing out on his 10th win on the region’s premier Tour, Prayad’s result in Japan moved him to ninth place on the money list and closer to securing a spot at the prestigious US $7million CIMB Classic which will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR in Malaysia next month.
It will also boost his chances of qualifying for the US$8.5 WGC-HSBC Champions with the leading four golfers from the Order of Merit as of October 28 will earn their starting places at the Shanghai showpiece.
Paul Peterson of the USA Paul Peterson of the USA
“Although I did not win, I’m happy because I’ve increased my money on the Order of Merit and I’m now closer to qualifying for the CIMB Classic. Now I’ve to try my best to stay inside the top-10 of the Order of Merit.
“I only played once in the event a few years ago so I’m really looking forward to playing there again. It is a big event with a lot of good players so it will be great if I can qualify for it,” said Prayad.
American Paul Peterson, who finished in a share of 17th place in Japan, was also in an upbeat mood as like Prayad, he also moved closer towards securing a spot at the CIMB Classic.
“There are so many things in my game that are heading in the right direction.  My game feels so good in certain components and I’ve been playing well to try and qualify for the CIMB Classic
“For me to finish inside the top-20 with my ‘C’ game was very encouraging. This is a good stepping stone and I’m heading into the right direction into the remainder of the year,” said Peterson, who currently occupies 10th place on the Order of Merit.
India’s Anirban Lahiri continues to lead the Asian Tour Order of Merit with Australia’s Andrew Dodt and India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia in second and third place respectively.
The Asian Tour moves to Chinese Taipei where the Mercuries Taiwan Masters- the longest-running and the richest event in Chinese Taipei, returns for its 29th edition at the seaside town of Tamsui this week.
Asian Tour Order of Merit – Top-20
Pos Player Order of Merit (US$)
1. Anirban LAHIRI (IND)                      $925,484.65
2. Andrew DODT   (AUS)                     $377,136.13
3. S.S.P. CHAWRASIA   (IND)               $267,244.46
4. Scott HEND   (AUS)                          $258,781.66
5. Thongchai JAIDEE   (THA)               $232,740.13
6. Richard T. LEE   (CAN)                    $220,317.65
7. Cameron SMITH   (AUS)                 $203,518.66
8. Marcus FRASER   (AUS)                   $181,299.77
9. Prayad MARKSAENG   (THA)           $180,305.00
10. Paul PETERSON   (USA)                 $173,052.08
11. Mardan MAMAT   (SIN)                $144,867.93
12. Carlos PIGEM   (ESP)                     $120,034.52
13. Chapchai NIRAT   (THA)                $111,105.00
14. Nathan HOLMAN   (AUS)              $109,776.65
15. Wade ORMSBY   (AUS)                 $109,700.00
16. Jason KNUTZON   (USA)                $107,615.77
17. Thanyakon KHRONGPHA   (THA)  $104,785.58
18. Mithun PERERA   (SRI)                  $101,121.29
19. Jeunghun WANG   (KOR)               $86,301.98
20. Kiradech APHIBARNRAT   (THA)   $84,933.33
Ends.
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), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), 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.