Rejuvenated Lu ready for action

Tue 10 Sep 2013

Rejuvenated Lu ready for action

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Taipei, September 10: Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei has rediscovered his passion for golf ahead of his Asian Tour comeback at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) which starts on Thursday.
Lu, a three-time Asian Tour winner, has been on medical leave since August 2012 to recover from a brain tumour surgery and he is eager to return to action at the event which he won in 2011.
He will be joined by defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei, a six-time Asian Tour winner at the US$500,000 event held at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
The 34-year-old Lu had previously treated golf as a regular job but found new meaning in his career after recovering from his surgery.
“I used to see golf as my rice bowl and something I needed to do for a living but having gone through so much, I feel like my passion for golf has been reignited once again. It’s exactly like how I started out when I turned professional some 11 years ago,” smiled Lu.
“I came to realise that golf has already grown to be part of my life and it’s something I can never give up. I’m excited yet nervous coming back to play here this week. My game is good but I’m worried because I get tired easily these days. I will try not to push myself so hard,” he added.
Lu was flattered to be greeted by overwhelming well-wishes from the Asian Tour stars this week. “I’m very happy to see all the familiar faces back on the Asian Tour. It has been awhile since I last met them and a lot of them were asking about my well-being. It was really heart-warming to know that they were all concerned about me,” said the father of two.
Chinese Taipei star Lin hopes to land his seventh Asian Tour victory at the Yeangder TPC where he finished tied fourth in the 2011 and 2012 editions.
The Yeangder Group not only title-sponsors the event, but also sponsors numerous players including Lin.
“This is a very important tournament for me because my boss is the sponsor of this event. I always feel nervous when I play in this event because there are high expectations for me to win,” said Lin, who won at the Solaire Open in the Philippines in April.
Siddikur, the first Bangladeshi to play and win on the Asian Tour, is also delighted to return to action after struggling with dengue fever in the last two months.
“I came down with dengue fever during the break. I’m 90% recovered and I’m feeling good. I only played nine holes on three occasions in more than two months because of the illness so I’m glad to be back!” said the 28-year-old Siddikur.
“My confidence level usually goes down after a taking a break. I played last week so my game is starting to move in the right direction. I didn’t play much golf during the break but I practised a lot at the driving range. I don’t have any particular targets this season but I’m very hungry to win a second Asian Tour title,” he added.
Marcus Both of Australia, a two-time Asian Tour winner, is determined to bounce back into form after making some changes in his game.
“My season hasn’t been great but I think I have gotten to the root of the problem.  I was putting too much stress on my body because I had some injuries which made it difficult for me to swing the club the way I wanted to.”
“Once you remove those necessary worries and stress, your mind becomes free and you will focus on playing some good golf,” said Both, who is currently ranked 69th on the Order of Merit.
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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), Lu Wei-chih (2011) and Ganganjeet Bhullar (2013).
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) on the Asian Tour for a further three years until 2015.
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), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Subway Restaurants (Official Quick Service Restaurant)  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.