Talented Pan set for home debut #MTM

Fri 18 Sep 2015

Talented Pan set for home debut #MTM

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Chinese Taipei, September 18: After enjoying significant success overseas, Pan Cheng-tsung of Chinese Taipei will return to Asia for a much-anticipated home debut at the storied Mercuries Taiwan Masters, slated to take place from October 1 to 4 next month.
Highly-rated as one of Chinese Taipei’s rising young talents, Pan made a name for himself when he claimed his second professional title in Canada last Sunday, just 100 days after joining the play-for-pay ranks in June.
The 23-year-old Pan, who is participating through a sponsor’s invite, is set to add glamour to the US$650,000 Asian Tour event when he tees up at the challenging Taiwan Golf and Country Club’s Tamsui course in two weeks’ time.
Pan will be joined by battle-hardened home heroes Lin Wen-tang, Lu Wei-chih and Lu Wen-teh, as well as local young talents Chan Shih-chang, Hung Chien-yao and Hsieh Chi-hsien, current Order of Merit leader on the Asian Development Tour.
They will face a strong challenge from an elite international field which includes Thai veterans Prayad Marksaeng and Thaworn Wiratchant, as well as Richard T. Lee of Canada and Australian Cameron Smith, placed sixth and seventh respectively on the current Order of Merit.
Pan, the former top amateur in the world for eight consecutive weeks in 2013, revealed his excitement of returning to Chinese Taipei for his first professional event on home soil.
“I am very excited to play in the Mercuries Taiwan Masters. I think the last time I played a tournament in Taiwan was probably eight or nine years ago. It’s going to be my first time playing in front of the home crowd in so many years. I am really looking forward,” said Pan, who had made his professional debut at the US Open in Chambers Bay earlier in April.
While he relishes the opportunity of playing at home, Pan, however, is planning to keep his expectations low and just focus on enjoying the tournament.
“I think I will focus more on enjoying the tournament. It will be a lot of my first time that week so enjoyment will the main focus. I have played the course before, but it’s changed a bit every year. It would be fun to know the course again,” added Pan, who hails from Miaoli County, which is about a two-hour drive South of Taipei.
The storied Mercuries Taiwan Masters, which came on board the Asian Tour when the region’s premier Tour inaugurated as a player-led organization in 2004, will return for its 29th edition next month as the longest-running and the richest event in Chinese Taipei on the Asian Tour.
Players will be vying for good showings at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters to boost their chances of qualifying for the prestigious CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions.
As of October 26, the leading four golfers from the Order of Merit will earn starting places in the US$8.5 million HSBC Champions in November while the leading 10 players will qualify for the US$7 million CIMB Classic at the end of October.
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