Tour stars aim to shine in Indonesia

Fri 28 Nov 2014

Tour stars aim to shine in Indonesia

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Jakarta, November 28: Proven winners David Lipsky of the United States, India’s Anirban Lahiri and Daniel Chopra of Sweden will form an illustrious cast of champions at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open next week.
They will be joined by multiple Major champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland, title holder Gaganjeet Bhullar of India, in-form Mardan Mamat of Singapore and world 72-hole scoring record holder Chapchai Nirat of Thailand at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
More than 30 Asian Tour champions led by Order of Merit front runner Lipsky, Lahiri and Prom Meesawat of Thailand, ranked second and third on the Merit list respectively, will also lend their star credentials to the prestigious event staged at the Damai Indah Golf, PIK Course from December 4 to 7.
George Gandranata, Rory Hie, William Sjaichudin and Andik Mauludin will spearhead the local challenge with hopes of becoming the second Indonesian after Kasiadi to lift the prestigious title.
The BANK BRI Indonesia Open will play an important part in the Order of Merit race as Korean American Lipsky leads the rankings by slightly over US$160,000 over Lahiri and Prom.
Venetian Macau Open - Round TwoAfter winning the Omega European Masters, an event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour in September, Lipsky is aiming to tighten his grip on the Order of Merit crown by winning his third Asian Tour title at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open.
“I’m over that win (Omega European Masters) and I’m not in the process of trying to get better in my game. I’m settled down now and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year,” said Lipsky, who has committed to play in the remaining three Asian Tour events in 2014.
“I’m still in a good position on the Order of Merit and if I can play like I know I can play, I can take care of business,” he said.
As the Asian Tour season heads into the tail-end of the season, Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka, Scott Barr of Australia, Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and Nicholas Fung of Malaysia, who finished tied second last year, will be jostling to secure their first win on the region’s premier Tour.
Perera was on the brink of becoming the first Sri Lankan champion on the Asian Tour before losing in a play-off to S.S.P. Chowrasia of India at the Panasonic Open India earlier in November.
Even though he missed out on an historic victory, Perera, who is the son to Nandasena, a famous name on the old Asian circuit during the 1980s and 1990s, is confident the win is around the corner.
“I’ve saved my Asian Tour card for next year and I don’t have to worry anymore! A win is very close for me now because I’m playing so well,” said Perera, ranked 35th on the Order of Merit.
About BANK BRI
Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) is one of Indonesia’s state-owned banks and was incorporated on December 16, 1895. Bank BRI is a public listed company and is amongst the top listed companies at the Indonesian Stock Exchange. Bank BRI has served more than 50 million customers and has over 10,000 outlets and more than 100,000 e-Channel network spread all over Indonesia. For more information about Bank BRI, please visit www.bri.co.id
About Persatuan Golf Indonesia
Persatuan Golf Indonesia (PGI) is the National Golf Association which is the sole authority in charge of the national amateur golf in the country that was founded on April 8, 1966. In addition to shelter under the R&A Scotland, PGI is also a member of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) which consists of 28 similar associations in the Asia Pacific region.
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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), 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.