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QUE HOPES TIMING IS RIGHT AT OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS
Kuala Lumpur: Filipino star Angelo Que hopes his timely return into the winner’s circle will lead to more success at the Omega European Masters in two weeks time.
Last year, Que finished a creditable tied seventh in Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Switzerland in the Asian Tour’s first ever co-sanctioned event on European soil and he will be aiming to improve on his performance after winning the recent Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.
“I loved it there last year,” said Que. “It’s a nice place, the air is clean and the golf course kind of suits my game due to its high altitude. I hit the ball pretty high and it stays longer in the air which gives me more distance.
“I like putting on the greens as well. Somehow, I could see the breaks on the greens. That’s why I played well there last year. I feel like I can see even the subtlest of breaks. I’m looking forward to going back to the Omega European Masters.”
The €2 million (approximately US$2.8 million) showpiece, slated from September 2-5, is sanctioned by the European Tour and Asian Tour. The region’s top names who will join Que for the trip to the Swiss Alps include reigning Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, current Order of Merit leader Noh Seung-yul of Korea and this season’s champions Siddikur of Bangladesh, Australian Andrew Dodt, Rikard Karlberg of Sweden and Gaganjeet Bhullar of India.
Que feels the standard of play amongst Asians Tour players has improved tremendously over the years and anyone of them can triumph at the Omega European Masters.
“It’ll be nice for an Asian to win the tournament as it is the only event on our Schedule in Europe,” said Que.
“I’m not going to put pressure on myself to win as I’m just going out there to enjoy myself and try to play well. So many Asians are doing well now in Europe, US and Asia. It’ll be pretty soon before one of us wins over there again. Last year, we had our first Asian Major winner (Y.E. Yang of Korea) and I’m sure more of us will win abroad. It’s not that far, I don’t think so,” he added.
The effervescent Filipino is certainly not placing pressure on himself to perform. When he broke through on the Asian Tour in 2004 and subsequently won for the second time in 2008, Que said he put too much expectation on himself to achieve good results at every event.
“One mistake that I made was that I was so full of confidence but I kept missing cuts right away. I think one reason why it happened was that my expectations went up sky high. Winning a tournament doesn’t mean that you’re going to be hitting perfect shots all the time.
“This time, I’m going to play it like I haven’t won anything. I won’t expect so many good shots and will just play it as it is,” said Que.