HOME STARS POISED TO DOMINATE INAUGURAL YEANGDER TPC
Taipei, September 6: Home heroes Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin and veteran Lu Wen-teh will spearhead a field of champions at the inaugural Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) next week.
The Asian Tour’s newest US$300,000 tournament at the Linkou International Golf Club in Taipei from September 16-19 will also feature a host of top stars including Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng, Filipino Angelo Que and Australia’s Marcus Fraser and Andrew Dodt, currently ranked XX and XX respectively on the Order of Merit.
The Yeangder event is one of four new tournaments to feature on the 2010 Asian Tour Schedule.
Lin, 36, has emerged as one of Chinese Taipei’s top stars in recent times following a superb streak in which he has won an Asian Tour title in every season since 2006.
Competing on home soil will spur the tenacious Lin as two of his five victories have been achieved in front of his adoring fans. Furthermore, he won the recent Ballantine’s Taiwan Championship, an Asian Development Tour event, last month.
Victory at the Yeangder TPC will also make Lin the most success Chinese Taipei player with the most number of titles on the Asian Tour, eclipsing veterans Lin Keng-chi and Lu.
“This is a very important tournament for me. After winning two weeks ago, I'm feeling more confident and I'm going to aim for the bigger one. My game has been great. I just need some to get my putter going and I'll be fine,” said Lin.
In 2008, Lin enjoyed his finest season where he won twice, including the UBS Hong Kong Open which helped propel him into the world’s top-50. His achievements earned him a place in the prestigious Masters Tournament in 2009 where he became the first Chinese Taipei player to compete in Augusta National in 20 years.
The 33-year-old Chan became the Chinese Taipei’s latest winner when he triumphed in the King’s Cup in Thailand last December. He prevailed in a play-off and has since established himself as a leading player in the region.
Lu continues to play some of his best golf despite turning 47 this year. The five-time Asian Tour winner will be a threat at the challenging Linkou course as he has won twice at home previously on the Asian Tour at the 2007 and 2008 Mercuries Taiwan Masters.
The international challenge will be led by Fraser and Dodt, both winners on the Asian Tour this season. Fraser claimed victory at the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea while Dodt found fame in the Avantha Masters in India, both co-sanctioned with the European Tour.
“I’m really looking forward to coming out to Asia. I’ve never been to Taipei previously,” said Fraser.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Asia for the Yeangder TPC. I’ve just come off a month’s break back home as I’ve got 13 tournaments in the next 15 weeks which is going to be really busy for me. It was nice to take some time off but I’m now looking forward to playing in the upcoming events on the Asian Tour,” said Dodt.
Smooth-swinging Prayad is a six-time champion on the Asian Tour while Que, a three-time winner, tasted sweet victory at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters last month.
The Yeangder TPC’s will be broadcast live over two days on Era Television, a nationwide cable TV network in Chinese Taipei with highlights on the Asian Tour’s global television network which reaches to over 40 countries worldwide.