Tour stars tee up for U.S. Open

Tue 16 Jun 2015

Tour stars tee up for U.S. Open

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June 16: India’s Anirban Lahiri will have the company of Ryan Moore and Erik Compton of the United States in his opening two rounds when he tees up for the year’s second Major at the U.S. Open on Thursday.
The current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader has been enjoying a spectacular run of form recently, winning twice at the start of the season in Malaysia and India to enjoy a comfortable advantage at the top of the money list on the region’s premier Tour.
All eyes will also be on Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, who has been paired with South Africa’s Brenden Grace and American Brendon Todd.
[pullquote align="left "]The Asian Tour will be strongly represented at the U.S. Open[/pullquote]The three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, who also holds 13 Tour victories, is widely expected to spearhead the region’s charge at Chambers Bay.
He has already enjoyed two runner-up finishes in Thailand and England this season and will be looking to continue making his impact on the global stage following two victories in Europe in Wales (2012) and Sweden (2014).
Australia’s Cameron Smith, the 2014 Asian Tour Rookie of the Year, will play with Korea’s Seuk Hyun Baek and Troy Kelly of the United States while China’s Liang Wen-chong will tee off alongside Canada’s David Hearn and Japan’s Hiroyuki Fujita.
India’s Shiv Kapur, who earned his ticket to the U.S. Open through the sectional qualifiers in England, will open his campaign with Americans Denny McCarthy and D.A. Points.
Honorary member Ernie Els meanwhile has been grouped with Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy and compatriot Retief Goosen.
Other Asian Tour members in the field at the U.S. Open include Australia's Marcus Fraser and Japan's Masahiro Kawamura.
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