Spieth seeks to overcome fatigue #SingOpen

Tue 26 Jan 2016

Spieth seeks to overcome fatigue #SingOpen

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Sentosa, Singapore, January 26: World number one Jordan Spieth of the United States believes a much-needed rest is all he needs to put up a strong challenge at the SMBC Singapore Open which starts on Thursday.
The 22-year-old is playing in Singapore for the first time but is expected to sparkle in the iconic event, similar to what he has done in the world of golf over the last 12 months, highlighted by his impressive victories at The Masters and the U.S. Open.
“Since arriving, I’ve spent the day resting, just trying to catch up on sleep, strength and rehydrate.
“This golf course is ranked in the top-60 in the world which is pretty special. Once Thursday starts I don’t mind the humidity and heat as I’m used to it in the summer in Texas,” said Spieth.
Jordan Spieth of the USA Jordan Spieth of the USA
Spieth started the year commandingly with a victory on the PGA Tour in Maui in January, and settled for tied-fifth place in Abu Dhabi last week.
While he admits that his globetrotting schedule has taken a toll on his game, the American is convinced he can still produce his ‘A’ game at the Sentosa Golf Club after taking a deserved break upon his arrival in Singapore on Monday.
“I wouldn’t be over here now if I weren’t interested in playing around the world. For me it doesn’t matter as long as it fits the schedule.
“It won’t be a problem getting down on the golf course. I’ve looked over the yardage book already and it looks like a tricky golf course so I’m going to need to get as much information as I can,” said Spieth.
“I’m sure the wind will be a factor, and sometimes the downfall in playing a couple of weeks in a row where you have to travel long distances is that you don’t play get the preparation or knowledge of golf course that you only have but we can still go with it,” he added.
Like Spieth, Korea’s Byeonghun An is also excited to tee it up at the SMBC Singapore Open for the first time in his career.
“This is my first time in Singapore. My caddy and I went out yesterday and it’s definitely a great city.
“I’ve not played the course yet but I heard lots of good things about the Serapong course and I’m just looking forward to the event and playing well,” said An, last year’s European Tour Rookie of the Year.
The 24-year-old took a three-week break towards the end of last year and is slowly returning to his best after his exploits at the recent EurAsia Cup in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi where he finished tied for fifth.SMBCSO_Ben_An_01
“I haven’t played that well since last December. Confidence plays a huge role and I know I just got to keep believing in myself.
“I took about three weeks off since Thailand last year and I’ve been working hard on my game since then,” said An.
The SMBC Singapore Open will feature the top 60 players from the Asian Tour, top 60 from the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO), leading Singapore professionals and amateurs and invites including players from the top 50 in the world.
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About the Singapore Golf Association
The Singapore Golf Association was registered on 5 October 1961 with the objective of encouraging and promoting the game of golf in Singapore. From a small association of golf clubs, SGA has grown to its present size comprising 13 Ordinary Members, 10 Associate Members and 5 Affiliate Members.  Its constitution was amended in 2001 to enable golf clubs without real estate to join SGA as Associate Members. This allowed the general golfing public to obtain and maintain a golf handicap without having to be members of golf and country clubs.  In 2010, the constitution was again amended to accept Affiliate Members which are any body, society, organisation or commercial entity committed to furthering the interest of the sport of golf to join SGA. SGA is a member of the International Golf Federation, Asia Pacific Golf Confederation and ASEAN Golf Federation.  As the governing body of golf, it is also an Affiliate Member of the Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore National Olympic Council.
About the Japan Golf Tour Organization
Originally founded in 1999, the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO) is the governing body for professional golf tournaments in Japan and aims to promote and develop golf throughout both Japan and the rest of the world. The JGTO is committed to partnering with new promoters and sponsors to develop more opportunities for their members to play and increase golfing standards.  As a member of the International Federation, official events on the Japan Golf Tour allow players to earn World Ranking points, and success on the tour may support members to qualify for the majors and WGC tournaments.
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), 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.
About Sentosa Golf Club
One of the most established golf clubs in Singapore, Sentosa Golf Club has more than 1,500 members, many of whom are prominent personalities from influential circles. It hosted Asia’s richest national tournament, the Singapore Open for eight years, where international star players and world-class golf professionals from Asia, Europe and the USA descended on its championship greens to putt for the generous prize purse. Offering more than just a good game of golf, the Club also has excellent meeting and banquet facilities for corporate networking as well as high-end dining options such as the quintessential Japanese cuisine at the Sushi Kondo Restaurant and Italian fare at the highly-acclaimed ilLido restaurant.