Rankings race to heat up at Taiwan Masters

Mon 30 Sep 2013

Rankings race to heat up at Taiwan Masters

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Singapore, September 30: The race to qualify for the lucrative CIMB Classic in Malaysia and WGC-HSBC Champions in China later in October will intensify at this week’s Mercuries Taiwan Masters.
The Mercuries Taiwan Masters will be the final tournament for players to qualify for the US$7 million CIMB Classic while the CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi in Korea, which is slated to take place from October 10 to 13, will be the last counting event for players to fight for available places at the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions.
Thai star Pariya Junhasavasdikul, who is currently 14th on the Merit list with US$118,975, will be looking to secure one of the 10 Asian Tour spots available for the CIMB Classic which will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from October 24 to 27.
Pariya, who claimed his second career victory at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in Malaysia in June, was disappointed not to have finished strongly at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open in Japan over the weekend. He struggled with a closing six-over-par 77 to finish tied 22nd after holding the halfway lead.
The affable Thai hopes to recover quickly from the setback. “My tempo was a bit off. Playing with these guys, they walk and do things pretty quick. So I’m starting to do things too quick as well! I needed to slow down. In the first two rounds, I took my time. I guess those are the consequences when you rush things,” said Pariya.
“It was a bit disappointing but I am happy that I made the cut. I can’t complain too much. I think I tried to push myself a little too hard during the weekend rounds. It is a lesson to learn and hopefully I can play better this week. My iron play is still very sharp and I hope to carry that on,” he added.
The 29-year-old is looking forward to the Mercuries Taiwan Masters where he secured his maiden Asian Tour victory in 2010. However, he prefers to keep his expectations low. “I have no expectations for the tournament. I think you just need to have a good short game around that golf course and give yourself a lot of opportunities,” said Pariya.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who uncharacteristically missed the halfway cut in Japan, continues to lead the Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$679,999 while India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and Australia’s Scott Hend are second and third respectively on US$279,193 and US$273,128.
The Asian Tour returns to Chinese Taipei for the US$600,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters which starts at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club from Thursday.
Likely contenders at the richest Asian Tour event in Chinese Taipei include Philippines’ Angelo Que, Bangladesh’s Siddikur, Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng, Pariya and Bhullar.
Asian Tour Order of Merit Top-20
Pos        Player                                                        Order of Merit (US$)







































































































1Kiradech APHIBARNRAT   (THA)$679,999.36
2Gaganjeet BHULLAR   (IND)$279,193.59
3Scott HEND   (AUS)$273,128.13
4LIANG Wen-chong   (CHN)$250,318.35
5Thongchai JAIDEE   (THA)$238,391.48
6BAEK Seuk-hyun   (KOR)$196,268.97
7Wade ORMSBY   (AUS)$188,266.45
8Anirban LAHIRI   (IND)$148,085.24
9Prayad MARKSAENG   (THA)$141,758.44
10Shiv KAPUR   (IND)$129,934.57
11KIM Gi-whan   (KOR)$127,417.70
12Berry HENSON   (USA)$125,616.15
13Angelo QUE   (PHI)$122,655.05
14Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL   (THA)$118,975.72
15Thaworn WIRATCHANT   (THA)$116,134.62
16Joonas GRANBERG   (FIN)$114,431.49
17SIDDIKUR   (BAN)$113,533.93
18Rikard KARLBERG   (SWE)$104,457.59
19Chawalit PLAPHOL   (THA)$94,429.51
20Bryce EASTON   (RSA)$86,159.05

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