Tour champions head to Yeangder TPC

Fri 23 Aug 2013

Tour champions head to Yeangder TPC

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Taipei, August 23: An immensely talented cast of Asian Tour stars comprising of more than 30 champions will vie for honours at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship next month.
Reigning Order of Merit winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, who won the 2010 edition of the Yeangder TPC, will headline the US$500,000 Asian Tour event alongside defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, Thai rising star Arnond Vongvanij, Masanori Kobayashi of Japan and Berry Henson of the United States.
Anirban Lahiri of India and Thai duo Chawalit Plaphol and Prayad Marksaeng, who have won tournaments this season, will also feature at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club from September 12 to 15.
The local charge will be led by evergreen Chinese Taipei star Lin Wen-tang, who won his sixth Asian Tour title in the Philippines in April, Chan Yih-shin, a two-time Tour winner, highly rated Hung Chien-yao and veteran Wang Ter-chang.
Siddikur, the first Bangladeshi to play and win on the Asian Tour, the talented Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka, Rikard Karlberg of Sweden, Kieran Pratt of Australia and Joonas Granberg of Finland will make up a cosmopolitan field which will feature players from more than 25 different nationalities at the Yeangder TPC.
A return to Taipei will ignite fond memories for Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul, who secured his maiden Asian Tour triumph at the 2010 Mercuries Taiwan Masters.
Since his maiden victory, the affable Pariya struggled to maintain top form but he turned the corner when he won his long-awaited second victory at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in Malaysia in June.
“I didn’t feel anything when I won in Chinese Taipei until I was in the car heading to the airport! I guess that happens because you feel tremendous pressure when you are in contention and walking down the last three holes,” said Pariya, who is a licensed pilot.
“I was still shaking when I won in Malaysia and it wasn’t an easy victory because I defeated my close friend Baek (Seuk-hyun). Golf is a funny game. You might play badly for the whole season but four good rounds will turn your fortunes around,” he smiled.
Baek, ranked sixth on the Order of Merit, will be determined to land his first Asian Tour title after claiming three-top five results earlier in the season.
“I came close at the Selangor Masters and I feel that my first win is coming soon. My game is in good shape so I hope that I can continue to put myself in good position,” said the 22-year-old Thai-based Korean.
Chawalit, who won the season-opening Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Alpine, hopes to add to his tally of four Asian Tour titles at the Yeangder TPC.
“I want to win more Asian Tour titles. The win in Myanmar gave me more confidence to play on the Asian Tour and I can do so without much pressure,” said the 39-year-old Chawalit.
The Yeangder TPC was launched in 2010 with a prize fund of US$300,000 before it was increased to US$500,000 in 2012. The tournament has attracted many worthy champions including Thaworn, Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei and Bhullar.
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