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Taipei, September 28: Chinese Taipei’s Lu Wei-chih hopes to relive the winning feeling at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters starting on Thursday.
Lu, who won the tournament in 2005, will be determined to put his knowledge of the Taiwan Golf and Country Club to good use at the US$500,000 Asian Tour event.
Lu grew up playing on the golf course located at Tamsui which is a two-minute drive from his house. He reminisced of how he started hitting golf balls at the driving range with his brother Wei-lan, a former Asian Tour regular.
“When I was 13, my older brother would take me to the golf course and we would then start hitting balls at the range. I obviously know the golf course very well and I think I know the greens really well too. Hopefully I can put my local knowledge to good use,” said the 31-year-old.
Since winning his maiden Asian Tour victory in 2005, Lu has been struggling to find his winning form but he is confident of turning the corner at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, which is the second Asian Tour tournament to be played in Taipei in three weeks.
“This year, my form has not been good. I have changed my putters for about seven times but I feel I have a good one with me now where I got it before the Panasonic Open in Japan,” said Lu, whose best finish this season was in tied eighth in Singapore earlier this month.
“I won the tournament back in 2005 which seems like a long time ago. It will be nice to win another Asian Tour event and I’ll be trying my best,” he added.
A strong line-up of Asian Tour stars will converge at the challenging Taiwan Golf and Country Club including defending champion Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei, Australian Marcus Fraser, currently second on the Order of Merit, Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, a 12-time Asian Tour winner and Korean-American Anthony Kang.
Kang ended a frustrating eight-year title drought by winning the Maybank Malaysian Open last year for his third Asian Tour victory and will be on a quest to better his fifth placing at the Tamsui course in 2008.
“Before I won last year I had been in contention a fair bit and the key is to keep giving yourself chances,” said the 37-year-old.
“I haven’t done that too often since last year but instead of dwelling on the end result, of wanting to win, you have to try to keep improving as a player and if you can do that then the chances to win will come and find you,” he added.
Thai veteran Udorn Duangdecha, known for his gaudy pants, will be on the hunt for his first Asian Tour victory at the demanding Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
He was in contention for three rounds last year but fell off the radar after a final round 77. The gusty winds at the Tamsui course might pose to be a problem to most of the golfers but Udorn is determined to put the challenging conditions to his advantage.
“I’ve played in similar conditions back home in Changmai where it can get very windy too so I’m used these type of situations,” said Udorn, who finished four strokes behind Lin last year.

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