Thaworn aims for success at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

Thu 25 Apr 2013

Thaworn aims for success at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

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Jakarta, April 25: Reigning Order of Merit winner Thaworn Wiratchant will lead a stellar cast of Asian Tour stars to the third edition of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters, which will be headlined by British Open champion Ernie Els next week.
The highly decorated Thai veteran, who played in the Masters Tournament two weeks ago, is aiming for an unprecedented 16th Asian Tour title at the full field US$750,000 event at the immaculate Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
He will be joined by countrymen Thongchai Jaidee, who holds a record of three Order of Merit crowns, and Chawalit Plaphol, winner of the season-opening Zaykabar Myanmar Open, from May 2 to 5, 2013.
Anirban Lahiri of India, Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei and Australians Scott Hend and Wade Ormsby, all winners on the Asian Tour this season, will be among the top contenders next week.
Els will be joined in the field by 2011 British Open winner Darren Clarke, Bernd Wiesberger of Austria, who finished tied seventh in last year’s edition, Michael Campbell of New Zealand, winner of the 2005 US Open, and two-time Major winner John Daly of the United States.
Thaworn hopes to continue his fine record in Indonesia where he won the 2005 Indonesian Open and finished second at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters last year. He knows a victory next week will solidify his position inside the top-100 of the Official World Golf Rankings where he is currently ranked 86th.
“I want to keep going and improving on my world ranking. I want to stay in the top-100,” said Thaworn.
The 46-year-old credited his success to the growth of the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013.
“It has been a perfect 10 years for me because my career has taken off. I keep getting better and better and if this was a company, it would mean that I got a promotion in my career,” he said.
Thongchai will make his third appearance at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters and will be on a mission to win his first title in Asia since 2010. He enjoyed a solid season last year  where he won the Wales Open.
“I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself. If I can win again, that’s good. But if I can’t, I’ll try harder in the next tournament. In golf, you never know. There’re lots of ups and down but more importantly, you got to keep going even though the week may not be going well for you,” said Thongchai.
About CIMB Niaga
CIMB Niaga was established as Bank Niaga in 1955. CIMB Group holds around 97.94% of the stakes in CIMB Niaga. The Bank offers a comprehensive suite of both conventional and Islamic banking products and services, through an expanding delivery channel network of 968 offices all over Indonesia as at 30 September 2012, including 608 branches, 314 Mikro Laju units, and 46 cash/payment points. CIMB Niaga has more than 14,000 employees.
CIMB Niaga encourages people to share high growth and take advantage of all the potential that South-East Asia regions bring – in line with CIMB Group’s brand positioning: “ASEAN for You”.
CIMB Group is Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider and one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. It offers consumer banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 9 out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar and Philippines). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, Bahrain, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Australia, the US, UK and Korea. CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It has a market capitalisation of USD18.2 billion as at 30 September 2012. The Group has over 43,000 employees located in 18 countries.
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), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), 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