Zaw Moe will carry the local challenge at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan with hopes of winning the coveted title next month.
Moe, one of Myanmar’s finest golf exports, will be eager to kick start the year on a high note at the US$300,000 event after enjoying a solid Asian Tour season last year where he finished in 40th place on the Order of Merit, his best placing in over 10 years.
He will be joined by local hopes Aung Win, Zaw Zin Win and Soe Kyaw Naing at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club from February 2 to 5.
Title holder Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Thai legend Thaworn Wiratchant, a 12-time Asian Tour winner, Gaganjeet Bhullar of India and Marcus Both of Australia will also feature in the event.
Moe enjoyed a splendid run in the second half of the 2011 Asian Tour season when he finished tied fourth at the Macau Open presented by Cityneon. He continued his impressive form at the Yeangder TPC in Chinese Taipei and Mercuries Taiwan Masters where he placed tied eighth and 11th respectively.
He credited his solid form to a new belly putter which he hopes will steer him to a second Asian Tour victory.
“I started using the belly putter in Macau and it has helped me a lot. My putting has been very consistent. Now every time I hit a bad shot, I manage to recover and I never shoot a huge number like what I previously did,” said the 44-year-old, who won the 1997 Singapore Open.
The Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan will return on the Asian Tour after a one year break and Mo, who finished in tied 40th place on the Order of Merit last season, is determined to shine in front of his home crowd.
“It’s always special to play in front of your home fans. I’m looking forward to it and I will be ready to give my best,” he said.