JEONG TO LEND STAR POWER AT YEANGDER TPC
Taipei: Korea’s Jeong Jin will add more star power to the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) when he tees up at the US$300,000 full-field Asian Tour event from October 6-9.
The 21-year-old, whose full Korean name is Jeong Yeon-jin, first made headlines when he became the first Asian golfer to win the British Amateur Championship last year. After earning an exemption to the British Open by virtue of his win, Jeong then went on to impress by becoming the only amateur to make the cut at St. Andrew’s and winning the low amateur with a tied-14th finish.
The Australian-based Korean broke into the play-for-pay ranks after his Masters debut this year and is now looking forward to carry his amateur form into next week’s event at the Linkou International Golf Club.
“This is my first visit to Taipei and I’m really looking forward to a good result there. I’ve been practicing hard since I turned professional and I hope to be in contention next week,” said Jeong. Jeong’s professional debut in Chinese Taipei will be put to test by a strong line-up that includes several of the best players from the Asian Tour who will be resuming their title charge after a week’s break.
Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang will spearhead the home charge alongside compatriots Chan Yih-shin and Lu Wen-teh. The trio have a combined total of 12 Asian Tour victories.
Siddikur of Bangladesh, who has been a figure of consistency throughout the season, missing only his first cut in Macau last month, will be eyeing another good result while Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadungsil will be riding on a rich vein of form following a tied-12 finish in Japan last week. Other Asian Tour champions in the starting field include 12-time Asian Tour winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand’s, South Africa’s Peter Karmis and Philippines Angelo Que.
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