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Khon Kaen, Thailand: Englishman Nick Redfern will be on a mission of securing a commendable finish at the King’s Cup in Thailand, with hopes of boosting his rankings on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.


Redfern, who lost in a three-way play-off to eventual champion Chan Yih-shin of Chinese Taipei last season, is determined to break into the top-60 of the Order of Merit to secure his 2011 Asian Tour card at the US$300,000 full field event starting on Thursday.


Redfern will be joined by decorated Thai star Thaworn Wiratchant, a 12-time Asian Tour champion, Angelo Que of the Philippines, Anthony Kang of the United States, Malaysian Iain Steel and India’s Anirban Lahiri at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club.


Redfern, ranked 108th on the Order of Merit, believes he has what it takes to spark another title charge in the tournamentwhere he claimed his best finish on the Asian Tour last year.


“This is a significant tournament to be held at the end of the year for players such as myself who are trying to retain their Tour card. The result here could have a big impact on the Order of Merit and I hope to do well here again,” said Redfern, who started playing full-time golf after a teaching stint in 2009.


Redfern was well on his way of securing a maiden Asian Tour victory last year but stumbled to a double bogey on the 17th hole where his tee shot got plugged in the greenside bunker.


“I was two over for the first round but went to 16-under the next three rounds. It was the first time I was in contention and had a bad break on the par-three 17. I had no idea I was going to be in a play-off and for reasons out of my control, it wasn’t meant for me to win,” said the 38-year-old.


With four more tournaments to go before the end of the 2010 Asian Tour season, many players are rallying to secure their Tour cards for next season.


India’s Himmat Rai, who pushed K.J. Choi of Korea all the way in the final round of the Iskandar Johor Open before settling for tied third place last year, is confident of hitting a purple patch after struggling to make an impact.


The 23-year-old, placed 107th on the Order of Merit, said: “You do look at the merit list as it shows where you are but I do not believe that’s where my game is. At the end of last year, I got a new psychologist and a new coach where we have been working on a new system on swinging the club more consistently and I’m happy with the direction of my game.”


Asian Tour veteran Zaw Moe, 43, of Myanmar, who struggled with injuries and serious ailments in the past years, is delighted with his new found desire to succeed on the Asian Tour.


“I won’t lie, I didn’t put in as much effort as I did previously but this year I feel different. I’m beginning to feel the eagerness to compete again and to put in all my effort to perform again,” said Moe, who has won once on the Asian Tour.


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