QUE SEEKS ANOTHER HIGH AT OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS
Crans Montana, Switzerland: Angelo Que of the Philippines will be determined to replicate his stellar performance of two years ago at the Omega European Masters when he tees off in the €2,000,000 (approximately US$2.6 million) showpiece on Thursday.
The effervescent Que, a three-time Asian Tour winner, finished tied seventh in the Omega event in 2009 and is feeling upbeat of his chances upon his return to the scenic Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
“I like the golf course. It suits my eyes. Every time I stand on the tees, I can see the shots. On the greens, I can see the breaks whereas some might have had a hard time reading them. I’ve holed my share of long putts in Crans, so hopefully it will be the same again,” said Que.
The Omega European Masters became the first event in Europe to be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour in 2009 and Que believes he is now more experienced and accustomed to the high-altitude conditions at Crans, which is set amidst a stunning backdrop with the Swiss Alps in full view.
“When we play in Europe, it’s a new territory for Asians so we look forward to it. It’s only the third time we’re coming to Europe. We’re trying to adjust to the weather, food and time difference,” said the Filipino, who will make his third appearance in the event.
“I’ve got used to the altitude change. It’s easier if you use yards … you just switch to the meter book and I’ve been using that formulae and it’s worked for me,” he added.
Que believes the standard of golf in Asia has risen immensely and he is now relishing the opportunity of competing against the likes of newly crowned Major champions Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland and title holder Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain this week.
“Right now, most Major winners and top five ranked players are from Europe. We’ve played with them for a while now and they recently became good. We’ve beaten them in Asia so we’re getting closer to them,” said Que.
“Right now, the Asians have proven we can compete. We have so much respect for them but at the same time, we want to compete with them. A lot of us have played the Majors and World Golf Championships and it has made a difference.
“Asia is right now one of the fastest growing Tours with regards to player development. The way the players improve now on the Asian Tour is amazing,” he added.
From a caddy at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka in Bangladesh, Siddikur’s career is now soaring to new heights. The Bangladeshi, currently second on the Order of Merit courtesy of four top-10s, is determined to make amends after missing the halfway cut in his debut appearance at the Omega European Masters last year.
“I went there four days earlier which was very cold and I got sick! I need to get used to the weather as it will be a huge factor for us Asians. It was a good experience playing there last year and I feel I have more advantage having played the course before,” said Siddikur, the first Bangladeshi to play and win on the Asian Tour.
Asian Tour rookie Berry Henson of the United States, who won the ICTSI Philippine Open in May, will be hoping for a successful debut at Crans-sur-Sierre. “I will need to adjust to the time change and try to get as prepared as I can because it is my first time playing here,” said Henson, one of the many international players plying his trade in Asia.
“The field is going to be strong and it is going to be great. It is tough every week for me because I’m playing a new golf course. Luckily one of my strong points is preparing for tournaments. Whatever the outcome, I’m sure I’ll enjoy my time there,” said Henson.
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