Prom wary of daunting title defence #YeangderTPC

Wed 07 Oct 2015

Prom wary of daunting title defence #YeangderTPC

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Taipei, October 7: Prom Meesawat of Thailand expects a tough title defence when he tees off at the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) which starts on Thursday.
The two-time Asian Tour winner admits that he is not enjoying his best form and expects the local players led by Lin Wen-tang, Lu Wei-chih and Chan Shih-chan to be among the top contenders at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
[pullquote align="left "]"Yes, the 18th hole still brings back a lot of good memories because I won in the play-off there." - Prom Meesawat[/pullquote]
“My game is not where I want it to be. I’ve been playing a lot in Europe so I’m trying to adapt when I’m back in Asia. I will try my best to defend the title but anybody can win here. The local players have an advantage because they are more comfortable on the greens,” said Prom.
He will be joined by an elite cast this week who include Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, who won the Yeangder TPC twice, Danny Chia of Malaysia, who ended a 13-year title drought in Chinese Taipei last week and Daniel Chopra of Sweden, a two-time PGA Tour winner.
Prom recalls the winning memories vividly after playing in the pro-am today. Should he repeat his win again this week, Prom will be in the running to qualify for the CIMB Classic later this month.
Danny Chia of Malaysia Danny Chia of Malaysia
As of October 26, the leading four golfers from the Order of Merit will earn starting places in the US$8.5 million HSBC Champions in November while the leading 10 players will qualify for the US$7 million CIMB Classic.
“Yes, the 18th hole still brings back a lot of good memories because I won in the play-off there. I must treat this tournament like any other tournament. My goal remains the same which is to win,” said Prom.
Chia, ranked eighth on the Order of Merit, played down his chances of a Taipei double, saying that he is physically and mentally tired as he will be playing in his seventh straight event.
“Mentally and physically I’m very tired. I also need some treatment on my right shoulder. I feel that it is getting weaker. I can’t skip the next few weeks so I have to deal with this. Definitely there will be less practice. My mind keeps telling me to hit balls but I’ll need to stop myself from doing so,” said the 42-year-old.
Chopra, who won his first Asian Tour title in Chinese Taipei in 2001, is relishing a return to the Yeangder TPC where he finished tied fourth last year.
“I’ve always played well in Chinese Taipei and I had a good result here last year so I’m looking forward to the week. The last couple of weeks haven’t been that good but before that, my form has been great. Hopefully I will get back those feelings again.
Daniel Chopra of Sweden Daniel Chopra of Sweden
“Sometimes you play well and sometimes you play poorly. I struggled with the weather conditions in the last two weeks so hopefully we get some good weather this week,” said Chopra.
Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei, ranked second on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit, hopes a new swing change will give him the extra edge.
“My game doesn’t feel at its best so I have to try and enjoy myself. I changed my swing last week because my tee shots always pull to the left. Now I’m hitting it better and straighter. Hopefully it will work for me this week,” said the 25-year-old Hsieh.
About the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship
The Yeangder TPC is the brainchild of Yeangder Group Chairman Mr. Emmet Hsu. An avid golfer himself, he holds his own on the fairways as well as the boardroom. Mr. Hsu is a strong supporter for golf in Chinese Taipei and across the region. Apart from sponsoring the Yeangder TPC, Mr. Hsu also sponsors the Yeangder ADT and supports the leading Chinese Taipei players including Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin, Lin Wen-hong and Chan Shih-chang.
Inaugurated in 2010, the prize purse for the Yeangder TPC has grown from US$300,000 to US$500,000. The Yeangder TPC is a popular stop on the Asian Tour Schedule and it has welcomed many worthy champions such as Thaworn Wiratchant (2010 & 2013), Lu Wei-chih (2011), Gaganjeet Bhullar (2012) and Prom Meesawat (2014).
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) till 2015.
Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei Hsieh Chi-hsien of Chinese Taipei
About the Asian Tour
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