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ASIAN TOUR STARS READY TO SHINE AT WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS SELANGOR MASTERS
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Asian Tour legends, a history maker and rising stars from across the region are poised to light up the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in two weeks time.
Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat, who holds the world’s 72-hole scoring record, and compatriot Thaworn Wiratchant, an 11-time winner in Asia, will spearhead the elite field at the Seri Selangor Golf Club from August 4 to 7, 2010.
The decorated Thai duo will be joined by a pack of talented players which include young guns Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri of India, Singaporean Quincy Quek and Malaysia’s Akhmal Tarmizee at the RM1.2 million (approximately US$300,000) event.
Chapchai has been one of Asia’s most exciting players to emerge in recent years and he cemented his place in history by winning the SAIL Open in India last year with a stunning 32-under-par 256 winning total.
The big-hitting Thai, nicknamed “King Kong” for his long driving ability, is eager to challenge for a fourth career victory at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.
“My season started slowly earlier in the year but my form has improved. I tried to make some swing changes after my victory at the SAIL Open last year but I couldn’t get use to it. My swing is feeling more comfortable now and I’m confident of doing well,” said the 27-year-old.
While he has yet to miss a cut this season, Chapchai’s best performance was tied 13th at the Queen’s Cup on home soil in June. He is also relying on his constant meditation to keep an even keel in his hopes for more glory at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters, which is making its third appearance on the Asian Tour Schedule.
“Meditation helps me to keep my focus and that helps in my overall game. I hope to do my best,” said Chapchai, who finished second on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit in 2007.
Highly regarded as one of the future stars to emerge from India, Bhullar lived up to expectations when he claimed a second Asian Tour victory earlier in the season at the season-opening Asian Tour International in Thailand.
His best finish at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters was a tied 32nd place last season and he will be looking forward to better his results at the challenging Seri Selangor Golf Club.
Thaworn, who has won two Asian Tour titles in Malaysia, is in fine form. He has missed only one cut this season and will be determined to make amends at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters where he missed the halfway cut last season.
Australia’s Marcus Both, winner of the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open last year, is hoping to turn his season around.
The two-time Asian Tour winner has missed four cuts so far but will look to build on his top-10 finish in India.