ASIAN TOUR HEROES HEAD TO BRUNEI OPEN
Kuala Lumpur: Multiple Asian Tour winners Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang and India’s rising star Gaganjeet Bhullar will headline a stellar cast at the Brunei Open next week.
The trio, who has won a combined total of 18 Asian Tour victories, will be determined to wrestle the title away from defending champion Darren Beck of Australia at the Empire Hotel and Country Club from July 29 to August 1.
A bevy of Asian Tour stars such as Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng, Malaysian Danny Chia, Filipino Angelo Que and David Gleeson of Australia will also make their way to the US$300,000 full field Asian Tour tournament.
Thaworn, 44, is riding on a rich vein of form after winning a local tournament last week. He has enjoyed an impressive season so far where he finished tied third in Myanmar followed by a second placing at the Queen’s Cup in Thailand.
Having only missed one cut in seven tournaments, Thaworn, Asia’s number one in 2005, will be one of the main draw cards at the Brunei Open, which will celebrate its sixth edition on the Asian Tour.
Lin, a former Brunei Open champion in 2007, is relishing a happy homecoming to the venue which propelled him to stardom.
Following his victory in Brunei, Lin went on to enjoy one of his finest years on the Asian Tour in 2008. He emerged victorious twice in that season and finished second on the Order of Merit.
In 2009, he claimed his fifth Asian Tour victory on home soil which left him with one title shy of becoming Chinese Taipei’s most successful golfer on the Asian Tour. After enjoying a mixed season so far, Lin will be determined to bounce back to his best form.
“My golf game is good but it is only my stamina that is a worry. But I’m prepared for this tournament and look forward to playing again,” said Lin.
Indian star Bhullar, 22, is hoping to mend last year’s heartbreak where he lost in a three-way play-off to eventual winner Beck.
The immensely talented Bhullar got off to a fine start this season when he won his second title at the Asian Tour International in Thailand. He missed only one cut this season and will be eyeing for more glory at the Brunei Open, which kicks start the second half of the Asian Tour season.
“Winning your first event in the season gives you a lot of boost and confidence. Now I don’t have the burden on my mind to retain my card on the Asian Tour. But I’ll continue to work hard and perform well to keep my confidence high,” said Bhullar.