Tran on Track to Revive Career

Thu 06 Sep 2012

Tran on Track to Revive Career

Shah Alam, Selangor, September 6: An opening round of five-under-par 67 at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters might very well divert Michael Tran’s decision to take time off from the game next year.

The Vietnamese returned on Thursday morning to finish three holes and is one shot from the first round leader Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club.

Tran is bunched in second place with reigning Asian Development Tour Order of Merit winner Jonathan Moore of the United States, Australians Marcus Both and Kieran Pratt, veteran Lu Wen-teh of Chinese Taipei and Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat.

Tran, who is the only Vietnamese to play on the Asian Tour, bounced back into form with a round of seven birdies and two bogeys at the RM1.2 million (approximately US$395,000) Asian Tour event.

“I haven’t played well on the Asian Tour. Hopefully something good will happen this week. It is pretty frustrating because the Asian Tour is where players make their money. If you want to survive out here, you have to play well on the Asian Tour,” said Tran.

Tran missed the halfway cut at the Asian Tour Qualifying School this year and plays through a country invitation category where a tied 27th result in Cambodia is his best result so far.

He decided to take a break from the game next season due to poor performances but might make a U-turn if something magical happens this week.

“I was planning to do some teaching a bit and my family has some business. That’s just a plan because you never know what might happen in the next four months or this week! But I’m trying not to think about it. I just want to think of it as a walk in a park this week,” added the 22-year-old.

Both, a two-time Asian Tour winner, was tied for the lead when play was suspended on Wednesday and returned with two bogeys and one birdie on the 18th hole this morning.

“The greens here are fantastic. They are really, really true, and just a bit faster than what we were playing in Scotland and Switzerland. That’s the only difference. I holed a couple. Hit good putts when I was there but they tended to lip out because the speed wasn’t quite right but here, I hit some good ones and holed a few,” said the Australian.

“I’ve played here alright. I think in the Volvo Masters back in 2004, I finished sixth or seventh and I was fifth here last year. I like it. It’s a bit of strategy and not just bombing away. That’s something that I enjoy, having to position the ball around here. Takes a bit of thinking,” he added.