Tour heavyweights ready for battle #IMGOLF16

Fri 30 Sep 2016

Tour heavyweights ready for battle #IMGOLF16

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Jakarta, September 30: Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Anirban Lahiri of India will lead an impressive line-up of stars to the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich next week.
Lahiri, who sensationally won the Indonesian showpiece in 2014 with an eagle on the 72nd hole, will be joined by Asian legends Thongchai Jaidee, Thaworn Wiratchant, Jyoti Randhawa and Arjun Atwal, who are all former Asian Tour number ones.
Australia’s Marcus Fraser, Jeunghun Wang of Korea, Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei and Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines, all ranked in the top-five of the Order of Merit, will also be chasing for glory in the prestigious US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
A total of 30 Asian Tour winners will also feature at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club alongside local stars George Gandranata, Danny Masrin, Jordan Irawan, Rory Hie and J. Andrew Wirawan.
Ranked 88th in the world, Lahiri will make a highly anticipated return to Asia since finishing second in his defence at the Hero Indian Open in February. A rookie on the PGA Tour this year, the 29-year-old enjoyed a relatively good season with one top-10 result and safely kept his card for next year.
He also represented India in the recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and was part of Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup in January.
A return to the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich will bring back fond memories for Lahiri, who captured his first victory outside of India with a clutch eagle putt which sparked wild celebrations for a one-stroke victory.
“My form this year hasn’t been quite where I’ve wanted it to be so in some respects it’s good to get back to a track I know well and see what I can do. It should be a great tournament,” said Lahiri.
Thongchai, the only player to win three Order of Merit crowns in Asia, is eyeing another solid result where he finished second in 2011 and enjoyed two other top-five finishes in 2013 and 2014. Indonesia is also a happy hunting ground for the Thai, who won the 2009 Indonesia Open.
“I love the Indonesian Masters. It is a fantastic tournament and I like and know the golf course very well,” said the 46-year-old, who was victorious on the European Tour in July.
“I really enjoy playing in the event. I don’t mind the rain delays. It will be a test of patience but I’m ready for it. I’ve been playing in Asia for many years so I’m prepared mentally. I’ll take it easy and hopefully the results come my way,” added Thongchai.
For more information on the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich visit http://www.indonesianmasters.co.id/
About Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI)
Established on 5 July 1946, BNI was Indonesia’s first national bank after Indonesia’s independence. With over 1,800 branches in Indonesia, along with overseas branches in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, and New York and Seoul, BNI currently serves over 18 million customers. BNI constantly strives towards being a financial institution with excellence in service and performance, while believing in a strong corporate culture. With over 27,000 employees, BNI believes that its employees are the most valuable asset of the company, and actively aims to create the best conditions and work experience for its employees. For more information, visit www.bni.co.id
About Zurich
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurance provider with more than 55,000 employees worldwide serving customers in more than 170 countries. Founded in Switzerland in 1872, Zurich has more than 140 years of experience serving businesses globally. As part of Zurich Insurance Group in Indonesia, Zurich represented by two joint venture companies which are Zurich Topas Life and Zurich Insurance Indonesia.
Zurich Topas Life is a life insurance company that is registered and is under the supervision of the Indonesian Financial Services Authority. Established in 2010, Zurich Topas Life provides a wide range of life insurance product to serve customers in various segment. With more than 17.000 customers and supported by more than 6000 agents in sales offices spread across major cities throughout Indonesia.
Zurich Insurance Indonesia is a general insurance company, registered and under the supervision of the Indonesian Financial Services Authority. Established in 1991, Zurich Insurance Indonesia serves individual customers, SMEs and corporations. More than 1200 travel agents, 80 brokers,  800 agents distribute Zurich Insurance’s products besides the online travel webshop available in Zurich Indonesia’s corporate website.
For more information about Zurich Indonesia, please visit www.zurich.co.id
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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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