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NEW AUSSIE HERO DODT TO JOIN THAI STARS IN QUEEN’S CUP
Sentosa: Australia’s newest star Andrew Dodt will be inspired to extend his sensational season when he tees off at the Queen’s Cup in Koh Samui, Thailand from June 17-20.
Dodt, who claimed an emphatic first Asian Tour title at the Avantha Masters in India in February, will be the highest ranked player in the elite field at the scenic Santiburi Samui Country Club.
Among the other top names who will make their way to the popular US$300,000 event include Thai stars Thaworn Wiratchant and Prayad Marksaeng, talented Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar, Lam Chih Bing of Singapore and Korean stalwart Bae Sang-moon.
Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadungsil will defend his crown.
Dodt will enter the tournament with the title firmly in his sight as he hopes to overcome the disappointment of missing the halfway cut by one shot in the past two years in Samui. It was also his one of only three missed cuts last season.
The spotlight has constantly been on Dodt following his maiden Asian Tour victory but the 24-year-old remains unfazed as he plans to stick to his routine at the tournament which is held in honour of her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 78th Birthday Anniversary
“More people look at my results now but I’m not going to do anything differently. I keep doing the same routine and will let the results talk,” said Dodt, who sit in third position on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
“I’ve always enjoyed Koh Samui and it’s one of my favourite golf courses. I've missed the cut by a shot on this course in the last two years and I feel like it owes me!”
The sweet-swinging Prayad will be determined to challenge for the Queen’s Cup with hopes of ending a two-year title drought on the Asian Tour. He knows that success in the tournament will be even sweeter as the Queen’s Cup is revered among the Thai players.
While he has endured a few road bumps this season where he had made only one cut, he is confident of turning the corner on home soil, especially at the event which he nearly won a few years ago.
“I’m almost back to my best form and I’m definitely aiming for more good finishes,” said the six-time Asian Tour winner.
Lam, who has made five consecutive cuts highlighted by two top-10s this season, believes he is getting closer to claiming his second Asian Tour title. The Singaporean is looking forward to return to Thailand where he triumphed in a domestic Thai event at the start of the year.
Multiple Japan Tour winner Hideto Tanihara will also be apart of the star studded cast at the Queen’s Cup, which is sponsored by the Sports Authority of Thailand and Bangkok Airways.
Tanihara, who has won two co-sanctioned Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour events, currently lies in 13th position on the Order of Merit and will be eyeing to improve his standing with a good result on the holiday isle.
The six-time winner in Japan is enjoying a purple patch where he has made all the cuts highlighted with one top-10 and two top-20 finishes so far this season.