Strong Asian Tour presence in year's final Major

Tue 26 Jul 2016

Strong Asian Tour presence in year's final Major

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Sentosa, Singapore, July 26: A strong line-up of Asian Tour stars will feature in the U.S. PGA Championship this week, with current Order of Merit leader Marcus Fraser and last year’s number one Anirban Lahiri spearheading the challenge.
Fraser, winner of the Maybank Championship Malaysia earlier this season, will be eager to put up a strong showing at Baltusrol Golf Club in the year’s final Major before he heads to Rio to represent Australia in the Olympic Games when golf makes a welcome return after a 112-year lapse.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
Lahiri will also head to Rio to represent India but utmost on his mind this week will be to repeat last year’s outstanding performance at the PGA Championship where he finished tied fifth, the best performance by an Indian at a Major championship.
Other top Asian Tour stars who will be chasing for glory include Thai duo Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee, who finished equal 22nd at The Open at Royal Troon a fortnight ago.
Thongchai, the world number 36, won the French Open earlier in the month and will also shoot for gold at the Olympic Games in two weeks’ time alongside big-hitting Kiradech.
Young Korean duo Jeunghun Wang and Soomin Lee, both in the top-five of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, will compete in their second this case to to am break. 1 good Major appearance after enduring mixed fortunes in their debuts at Royal Troon.
The 20-year-old Wang, winner of two titles already this year, missed the halfway cut after enduring the worst of the Scottish weather while countryman Lee played in all four rounds to ensure himself a valuable experience in his first Open championship.
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
Korean veteran stars K.J. Choi and Y.E. Yang, the only Asian to win a Major at the PGA Championship in 2009, and Younghan Song, winner of the SMBC Singapore Open in January, are also in the elite field headed by world number one and title holder Jason Day. K.T. Kim makes up a strong Korean presence.
Other Asian Tour members teeing up at Baltusrol include Australian Scott Hend, Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg, Japan’s Yuta Ikeda and honorary members Vijay Singh of Fiji and South Africa’s Ernie Els, making it a strong 15-man presence at the PGA Championship.
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