Thaworn leads stellar cast at #HIO2015

Fri 13 Feb 2015

Thaworn leads stellar cast at #HIO2015

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Delhi, February 13: Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, a two-time Asian Tour number one, will lead an impressive cast to the US$1.5 million Hero Indian Open next week.
Thaworn, who holds an unprecedented 18 Asian Tour titles including two Hero Indian Open victories, will be among the top contenders at the event which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour for the first time.
Thaworn and Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa and Arjun Atwal, who have won a combined total of six Order of Merit crowns, will form one of the strongest ever fields assembled at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) from February 19 to 22.
They will be joined by an in-form Anirban Lahiri, who won the Maybank Malaysian Open last week, evergreen Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, S.S.P. Chawrasia, who has won twice at the DGC, and eight-time Asian Tour winner Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand.
S.S.P Chawrasia of India S.S.P Chawrasia of India
More than 30 Asian Tour winners from over 20 different nationalities including title holder Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh will also feature at the prestigious event.
At the age of 48, Thaworn continues to perform at the highest level. He won the Queen’s and King’s Cup on home soil last year to finish seventh on the Order of Merit and will aim to increase his winning tally at the Hero Indian Open.
“Who says I’m old? Still young boy. I’m still enjoying my game every day and that’s important. I love my golf and that’s what keeps me going,” said Thaworn.
Chawrasia, who enjoyed a top-10 result in Malaysia last week, hopes to make a swift return to the winner’s circle less than three months since he won his third Asian Tour title at DGC.
The 36-year-old has a solid track record on home soil as he won the 2008 Indian Masters and went on to secure another victory at the 2011 Avantha Masters. Both events were sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
“I can’t wait to play at the Hero Indian Open. I won at the DGC course last year and I’m very familiar with the course. My National Open will be co-sanctioned with the European Tour and I’m determined to do well,” said Chawrasia.
Following a solid 2014 season where he won once and posted five other top-10 results, Chawrasia took a break from golf during the off-season to recharge for the new season.
“It was a busy year-end for me last year and I needed to recover. I didn’t practice much and that seemed to work for me because I had a good result in Malaysia. Now I’m ready to play my best golf and hopefully win again,” said Chawrasia.
About Hero MotoCorp
Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of unit volumes sold in a calendar year by a single company. The company sold over 6.64 million two-wheelers in the calendar year 2014. The New Delhi, India-headquartered Hero MotoCorp currently sells its range of motorbikes and scooters in 23 countries spread across Asia, Africa and South and Central America. By the year 2020, Hero aims to be present in 50 countries with an annual combined sales volume of 12 million units. By that year, Hero also aims to surpass the cumulative sales of 100 million two-wheelers.
For over two decades, Hero has been associated with various disciplines of sports including golf, cricket and hockey. In the biggest-ever celebrity brand endorsement initiative by an Indian company, Hero MotoCorp in 2014 signed on 14 times major champion Tiger Woods as its Global Corporate Partner. Top Indian golfers Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Kapur, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Daniel Chopra and India’s top woman professional Sharmila Nicollet are also Hero brand ambassadors.
Hero has been sponsoring the men’s Indian Open since 2006 and the Women’s Indian Open since 2010. Hero also sponsors India’s domestic Pro Tour for women. Hero last year became the title sponsor of the Tiger Woods Invitational – the Hero World Challenge – which is also a PGA Tour event.
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 Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) 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.
About European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour’s innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2015, will feature a minimum of 47 tournaments spread across five continents; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
About Nimbus Sport
Nimbus Sport is the full service sports marketing division of Nimbus Communications Ltd., specializing in Rights Distribution and Management, Television Production, Sponsorship Services and Event Management. Nimbus Sport has been involved in managing rights transactions worth over USD 2 billion to date, among the largest in Asia. It has extensive experience of rights management and/or television production with multiple sports federations and dozens of major sponsors. It is a leading producer of World Feeds of Live sports events with over 4500 hours of Live content delivered and also manages best-in-class sports events.