Chan in charge at Yeangder TPC

Sat 14 Sep 2013

Chan in charge at Yeangder TPC

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Taipei, September 14: Korean-American Chan Kim took advantage of a new swing change to grab the third round lead at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) with a four-under-par 68 on Saturday.
The Asian Tour rookie, who won the Qualifying School in January, leads the chasing pack on 10-under-par 206 at the US$500,000 Asian Tour event staged at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
Reigning Order of Merit winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand returned with a 71 while Chinese Taipei’s Yeh Wei-tze posted a 67 courtesy of a chip-in eagle on the last to trail Kim by one-shot. Asian Development Tour (ADT) graduate Hsu Mong-nan was a further shot back.
Jaakko Makitalo of Finland carded a 65, the lowest round of the week, to share fifth place with Korea’s Baek Seuk-hyun (69) and India’s Chiragh Kumar, who shot a disappointing 74.
Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand
The 23-year-old Kim, who has one top-10 result this season, stole the limelight with a refined swing which he worked on with his coach Scott Adland during the off-season.
“We’ve been working on the timing of my swing and making it simpler. It’s helping a lot especially down the stretch where you get tired. It’s very easy for you to swing out of sync but this week, my swing has a good tempo,” said Kim.
“I kind of feel a pause at the top (of the swing) and a lot of people talked about it but that’s my sensation. I feel like I should stay at the top for a quick second before making my down swing,” he added.
Kim started off strongly with three straight birdies from hole three and added a close range birdie on the last after hitting 12 straight pars.
“I just told myself to stay patient and keep grinding because birdies are not going to come easy out here. You got to work for the birdies so you have to keep trying to hit greens and hopefully make the putt,” he added.
Thaworn, the 2010 Yeangder TPC champion, played down his chances of winning his 16th Asian Tour title after struggling with his irons for the third day.
Yeh Wei-tze of Chinese Taipei Yeh Wei-tze of Chinese Taipei
“It is really hard to say what will happen tomorrow. I haven’t been hitting my irons good enough so I’m just happy to shoot nine-under. I’ll have to continue doing what I’ve been doing and rely on my chipping and putting,” said the 46-year-old Thaworn.
The 40-year-old Yeh, who has one Asian Tour win in 2000, overcame the humid conditions to put himself in a strong position to become the second Chinese Taipei player after Lu Wei-chih to win the Yeangder TPC since 2011.
“In the past, I tend to mess up under such conditions but I told myself that I have to hang on. I want to bring glory to my country by winning on home soil. Therefore, I keep telling myself to do my best. I hope the other local players can play well too,” said Yeh.
Scores after round 3 of the Yeangder TPC being played at the par 72, 7125 Yards Linkou GCC course (a- denotes amateur):
206 - Chan KIM (USA) 70-68-68.
207 - YEH Wei-tze (TPE) 73-67-67, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 69-67-71.
208 - HSU Mong-nan (TPE) 69-68-71.
211 - Jaakko MAKITALO (FIN) 73-73-65, BAEK Seuk-hyun (KOR) 73-69-69, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 68-69-74.
212 - LU Chien-soon (TPE) 72-72-68, Berry HENSON (USA) 71-70-71.
213 - Angelo QUE (PHI) 74-72-67, CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 71-71-71.
214 - Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA) 72-75-67, Matthew STIEGER (AUS) 69-73-72, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 66-76-72, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 72-70-72.
215 - Sam CYR (USA) 75-70-70, SUNG Mao-chang (TPE) 70-74-71, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 71-72-72, Richard T. LEE (CAN) 74-68-73, Adam GROOM (AUS) 69-72-74, Tim STEWART (AUS) 70-69-76.
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), 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.