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Taipei: Philippines’ Elmer Salvador believes that he is ready to last the distance again as he prepares for his title charge at this week’s Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) which tees off on Thursday.
The 41-year-old Filipino shot into prominence when he missed out on his first win in an epic battle where he was pipped to the title after the sixth play-off hole in Singapore last month.
After going through that marathon play-off, Salvador feels that he is experienced enough to handle the mental demands of the game and is confident that the fortunes can turn in his favour at this week’s US$300,000 full field Asian Tour event.
“I’m playing well and I’m looking forward to a good week. The week in Singapore has taught me how to cope under pressure and I believe that’ll help me,” said Salvador.
While he has set his sights of getting a good result at the Linkou International Golf Club, Salvador is also keeping a close eye on his position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Salvador is currently in 69th place on the rankings and with the top-60 as the cut-off mark for players to secure their full playing privileges, he is aware of the need to play well but remains confident that he will survive the pressure.
“I’m feeling good about my form and I’m ready for the challenges ahead. There’s a 11-week run of events and anything can happen. I’m prepared for the long run and I’m ready,” said Salvador.
Meanwhile Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-hong, who is lying one place above Salvador in 68th place, knows that he has to be more consistent in his game if he wants to secure his Tour card for next season.
Lin who narrowly held on to his Tour Card on the final day of the Asian Tour’s season-ending event in Hua Hin last year, also hopes that he will not have to relive those stressful moments again.
The 32-year-old believes that the familiarity and advantage of playing at home will help him rediscover his form and also ease the pressure. “It is home comfort for me this week and I hope to use that to my advantage.
I remember very well how it was like fighting for my card last season and I hope I can get some good results so that I don’t have to worry too much about that when the season comes to a close,” said Lin whose best result this season was an equal eighth finish in the Philippines. 
The Yeangder TPC will welcome Korea’s Jeong Jin who will be making his professional debut in Chinese Taipei. 
Jeong made headlines when he became the first Asian golfer to win the British Amateur Championship last year and will be up against a strong field that includes Chinese Taipei’s Lin Wen-tang, Chan Yih-shin and Lu Wen-teh who have a total of 12 Asian Tour victories.

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