Stars ready to light up 50th Hero Indian Open

Thu 31 Oct 2013

Stars ready to light up 50th Hero Indian Open

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New Delhi, October 31: The Hero Indian Open, which is celebrating its 50th edition next week, has attracted a stellar line-up of Asian Tour stars which will comprise of over 30 Tour champions and five players from the current top-10 of the Order of Merit.
In one of the strongest ever fields to assemble at the Delhi Golf Club from November 7-10, multiple Asian Tour winner Arjun Atwal, who was the Asian number one in 2003, Korea’s Baek Seuk-hyun, local heroes Gaganjeet Bhullar, Shiv Kapur and Anirban Lahiri and Bangladeshi Siddikur will be amongst the leading stars challenging for the Golden anniversary title.
Bhullar, currently third on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, will be the highest ranked player in the elite field, followed by the fourth-ranked Lahiri, Baek, who is fifth, Siddikur who is eighth and ninth-ranked Kapur.
David Gleeson of Australia, the 2011 Hero Indian Open champion, flamboyant Filipino Angelo Que and South Africa’s Jbe Kruger will also feature in the US$1.25 million showpiece, which is one of the longest running tournaments on the Asian Tour Schedule.
Englishman Robert Rock, a two-time winner in Europe, and Michael Thompson, a winner on the PGA Tour, will be hoping to make it a memorable visit by winning the Hero Indian Open which will see players from no fewer than 15 different nationalities vying for honours.
Former Indian Open champions Mardan Mamat of Singapore, C. Muniyappa and Jyoti Randhawa of India are also in the field next week. Sweden’s Daniel Chopra, who has close affinity to India and a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, will also tee up at the Delhi Golf Club.
Que, known as one of the most carefree players on the Asian Tour, will be determined to continue his solid track record at the Hero Indian Open where he finished tied 10th and tied 21st in 2012 and 2011 respectively.
Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea
The 35-year-old Filipino has enjoyed a superb season so far, posting three top-five finishes and currently sits in 15th position on the Order of Merit. He hopes to sweeten a relatively successful year with a fourth Asian Tour win at the Hero Indian Open
“I’ve been playing really well for the whole year. Every time I’m in contention I seem to keep going unlike before when I sort of slide down when I’m in contention. I think it is mainly because of my short game,” said Que.
“I worked hard on my chipping and putting and it has been working. If I can get everything together for one whole week then I might have a chance to win.”
Siddikur, the first Bangladeshi to play and win on the Asian Tour and Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka are expected to shine with their immensely accurate games at the tree-lined Delhi Golf Club.
Ranked ninth on the Order of Merit, Siddikur will adopt a new aggressive style of play after watching and playing with Major winners Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley in the opening two days at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last week.
“Previously, I always played it safe but I learnt from them (Watson and Bradley) that sometimes, you need to play aggressively. That’s what I tried and it really worked for me. This experience will help me in the long run. I can’t play like how they do but I can certainly learn from their attacking play,” said Siddikur.
Asian Tour winner Prom Meesawat of Thailand insists that he is firmly focussed on winning his second title on the region’s premier Tour which is celebrating its 10th season in 2013.
Nicknamed the ‘Big Dolphin’ for his physique and because he hails from the coastal town of Hua Hin, Prom won his first Asian Tour title in 2006 in Korea but struggled to hit top form due to numerous injuries.
“I’m fully recovered now and my goal for the rest of the Asian Tour season is to aim for that long-awaited second win! I’m very focussed and I’m still very hungry for a win. My game is in good shape and am confident that the win will come soon,” said Prom.
About Hero Indian Open
The Hero Indian Open (Golf) is India’s longest running international sports competition and is held annually on the Asian Tour. Started in 1964, it has now been held for 49 years and celebrates its golden jubilee in 2013. With a total prize purse of US$1.25 million and featuring top Indian and international golfers, the Hero Indian Open is the flagship event of Indian golf.
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), 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.