Title favourites eye Leopalace21 Myanmar Open

Fri 22 Jan 2016

Title favourites eye Leopalace21 Myanmar Open

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Yangon, January 22: The Leopalace21 Myanmar Open is set to roll out its red carpet to the best players from the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) when the US$750,000 event tees off in a fortnight.
Asian Tour Order of Merit winners Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Philippines’ Juvic Pagunsan and China’s Liang Wen-chong will go up against the might of Japan’s Koumei Oda, Hiroyuki Fujita and Korea’s K.T. Kim, who topped the JGTO money list in 2015.
The Leopalace21 Myanmar Open is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and JGTO and will take place at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club from February 4 to 7.
Inaugurated in 1996, the Myanmar Open has been staged on 13 occasions on the Asian Tour with the last edition being played in 2013 when it was won by Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol.
K.T.Kim of Korea K.T.Kim of Korea
With the Myanmar showpiece making a welcome return after a two-year absence, Thaworn is eager to become the next player from Thailand to lay his claim on Myanmar’s National Open title, having come close in 2011 where he finished tied-third.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Myanmar. I’ve always enjoyed competing there and have achieved several good results. I’m definitely eager to continue my good form over there,” said Thaworn.
The Thai veteran has been a perennial figure on the region’s premier Tour since it was established as a player-led organisation in 2004.
Although the 49-year-old possesses an unorthodox swing, it has helped him amass a record 18 Tour titles and two prestigious Order of Merit titles in 2005 and 2014.
Last year, he became the first man to play in 400 Asian Tour events.
“I’m a hard worker. My swing might not be good but my putts are consistent. I’m also very imaginative when it comes to chipping the ball.
“It’s going to be fun to go out there in Myanmar and chase another victory again,” said Thaworn.
Thaworn’s title ambitions will be put to test by Kim, who is coming off a stellar season on the JGTO where he has won on five occasions last year.
The Korean, who is ranked 60th in the world, also claimed the scalp of world number 34 Bernd Wiesberger at the EurAsia Cup last week, winning his singles match 3&2.
“I had a really good season last year and I’ll try my best to do the same or even better in 2016,” said Kim.
Other Asian Tour stars expected to make the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open a keenly fought battle among the continent’s biggest names include Malaysia’s Danny Chia, Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines and Singapore’s veteran star Mardan Mamat.
Former champions of the Myanmar Open include Asian Tour stars such as Boonchu Ruangkit and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Keng-chi and Japanese ace Tetsuji Hiratsuka while international players who have won in Myanmar include South Africa’s James Kingston, American Anthony Kang and Australian Kieran Pratt.
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About Leopalace21
Founded in 1973, Leopalace21 is a real estate company which constructs and rents apartments, currently managing 560 thousand rooms in Japan. The company also owns and operates a 36-hole golf course and resort facility in Guam, as well as 15 overseas offices which introduce residences and offices to Japanese companies advancing into the ASEAN region.
Leopalace21 Corporation: http://eg.leopalace21.com/
Leopalace Resort Guam: http://www.guam.ne.jp/
About Japan Golf Tour Organization
Established: February 8, 1999, Japan Golf Tour Organization is a governing body for golf tournaments undertakings in Japan. As such, our purpose is to contribute to an orderly development of tour tournament businesses both domestic and abroad as well as to the improvement of tour players’ financial situation. Furthermore, through attempts to improve tournament surroundings, advancement of tournament standards, spreading and promoting of tournament sports shall be pursued. Concurrently, we seek to promote golf tournament related international exchange by maintaining close relations with golf tournament management bodies abroad. As a result of all, we aim at being conducive to creating and developing a rich sports culture.
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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 Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.