Tour veterans ready to upstage young stars

Tue 25 Nov 2014

Tour veterans ready to upstage young stars

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Jakarta, November 25: Battle hardened veterans Mardan Mamat, Jyoti Randhawa and Prayad Marksaeng will aim to eclipse the young stars at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open next week.
The experience trio, who have won a combined total of 20 Asian Tour titles, will be among a star-studded cast at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event who include multiple Major champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland and title holder Gaganjeet Bhullar of India.
A cosmopolitan line-up of players from over 25 different countries including one of the Asian Tour’s most successful international players Scott Hend of Australia will also vie for honours at the Damai Indah Golf, Pantai Indah Kapuk Course from December 4 to 7.
An in-form Mardan, 47, claimed an emphatic victory at the Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com last week for his fourth Asian Tour title which ended a two-year title drought.
Mardan Mamat of Singapore Mardan Mamat of Singapore
He is the oldest player ranked inside the top-15 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit but living a healthy lifestyle has helped him keep up with the younger generation of players.
“I always run at home, to try to keep fit. I also work very hard with my trainer back home as it’s important to stay fit these days,” said Mardan.
With a two-year exemption on the Asian Tour safely secured, Mardan will play with huge confidence at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open where he aims to lift his second Asian Tour title in 2014.
“Last week was about recovering my confidence. Two weeks ago, Zaw Moe tried to stop my faults and he managed to get me back in my game. The win means a lot to me. This is my last year of exemption on the Asian Tour and I needed to play well to keep my card. I wanted to win again to keep my exemption for the next few years,” he smiled.
The 42-year-old Randhawa, a former Asian number one, hopes to follow in the footsteps of Mardan and win his ninth Asian Tour title at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open.
He was defeated by countryman Rashid Khan at the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT two weeks ago but his performance gave him a much needed boost towards the tail-end of the 2014 Asian Tour season.
“These young guys look up to me and try to beat me but now I have to keep up with them! I’m looking forward to it and I’m glad that I’m there and a threat to them,” said Randhawa.
At the age of 48, Prayad produced a master class performance at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM earlier this year to help Team Asia secure a 10-10 tie against Team Europe in the inaugural match-play event in Malaysia.
With five top-10 results in Asia this year, Prayad will be eager to increase his winning tally on the Asian Tour at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open.
Jyoti Randhawa of India Jyoti Randhawa of India
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.