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DODT HUNGRY FOR MORE SUCCESS AT AIR BAGAN MYANMAR OPEN
A rejuvenated Andrew Dodt of Australia will aim to whet his appetite for more success at the Air Bagan Myanmar Open presented by IBTC after returning from a three-week break.
Currently ranked first on the Asian Tour Order of Merit following his victory in India, Dodt is relishing the opportunity to be in the heat of action again in the US$300,000 full field Asian Tour event starting on Thursday.
The Myanmar Open, making a return on the Asian Tour Schedule after a four-year hiatus, has attracted a plethora of big names, consisting of 12 players ranked in the top-20 on the Order of Merit.
Among the top names playing this week include Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Jason Knutzon of the United States, Japanese Hideto Tanihara and two-time Asian Tour winner Gaganjeet Bhullar of India.
“I have only started playing for a week so I need to take it as it comes. I’m feeling fresh and ready to play again. It was good to have a break and recharge my batteries. I’m feeling hungry for more success and that’s a good feeling to have,” said Dodt.
Dodt has been in red hot form this season, claiming two runner-up finishes in Australia and New Zealand prior to his victory in India and he believes his rich vein of form will put him in good stead ahead of this week.
“More people look at my results now but I’m not going to do anything differently. I keep doing the same routines and let the results talk. It worked in India so it should work in Myanmar,” said the Australian.
While Dodt is playing in his first Myanmar Open, Rahil Gangjee of India is relishing a happy homecoming to the tournament which shot him to fame.
“When I played here last time, it was my first event on the Asian Tour where I finished in 19th place. This was a good place to start my career as it spurred me on to win my first title. I have good memories here and hope to do better,” said Gangjee.
Gangjee is also hoping his current form, where he has two top-10s, will help him end a six-year title drought.
“I have been playing well in the last three months and I have good vibes. It used to play with my mind (not winning since 2004) but mentally I’m stronger now. Hopefully I can end my drought this week,” added the Indian.
The in-form Knutzon, with two Asian Tour victories, is also hoping to continue his form in the Air Bagan Myanmar Open. He has two top-10s this season and currently sits in seventh place on the Order of Merit.
“Golf is a funny game. Sometimes you feel like you are hitting it well and sometimes you can’t put in a score. I’m looking forward to this week because I’m playing solid and in the right frame of mind.
“It would be nice to win again. Maybe I’m due every three years! Hopefully I can sneak one out this year,” said Knutzon whose two Asian Tour victories came in 2004 and 2007.
Veteran Mardan Mamat of Singapore is hoping to bounce back from a bad spell where he missed three cuts. He previously played in the 2004 and 2005 editions of the Myanmar Open where he finished in tied fourth and 13th place respectively.
“It is nice to come back here especially with the tournament returning on the Asian Tour. I have been struggling with my irons but I have new clubs and have been striking it better in the past few weeks. I haven’t played this badly since my victory in 2006 and hope to return to form,” said Mardan.