Sunday, 17 January 2016

Quotes--KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT.DANNY CHIA

determination took him to the last hole
EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM Sunday, January 17, 2016 Danny Chia Quick
Quotes

*Q. Thoughts on the round today?*
DANNY CHIA: I've been hitting okay. Just not getting the speed good on my
putting today. I think that's probably why there's a lot of lip-outs and
stuff. I think overall, I did all right. I think I hit a lot of good shots.
Just mainly I think I lose it on the green today.

*Q. Seems to be the story of Team Asia, the putting this week?*
DANNY CHIA: Yeah, the speed, it changes every day, so it's kind of a bit
different. It's not easy to judge them. Especially I think mainly Team Asia
is a bit more nervous in terms of this experience and this format of play.

Again, this is a great event for us to gain experience to play against
these guys. These guys are good, so you don't get a lot of easy matches out
there. Every single match is tough.

*Q. Talk about the experience of your first EurAsia Cup.*
DANNY CHIA: It was great. I actually quite enjoyed myself here this week.
You know, get to play against these big boys. It's fun. I'm happy with
everything that's been going. I think Jeev and Liang have done a good job
leading the Asia team this week.

*Q. Is this the sort of tournament that can help your career and make you a
better player?*
DANNY CHIA: It will in terms of experience, because I mean, you know, in
Asia, we don't get to play this kind of format very often, especially at
this level.

like five birdie and one eagle.  by Lee Westwood
EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM Sunday, January 17, 2016 Nicholas
Fung Quick Quotes
Q. Nicholas, really disappointing day for you today out there?
NICHOLAS FUNG: Yeah, I played not so bad, and of course, I played with
the former No. 1, one of the match-play king. He really played well,
like five birdie and one eagle.


EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM Sunday, January 17, 2016 Thongchai Jaidee

Quick Quotes
Q. Tell us about the round.
THONGCHAI JAIDEE: Yeah, I played not good, not like my normal. Missed
a lot of putts. But Europe going to be a very strong anyway. That's
what I told you. Andy, very solid, he didn't make any mistakes today.
He made very good up-and-downs and good putt. For me, I miss a couple
putts, that's why we lose. This time, you have to be in the fairway
and play on the green. But we are not in form anyway, not my normal
putting, and driver is not in the fairway. That's why the golf course,
if you find any fairway, they are going to be good. Miss a lot of
fairways, and that's why we lose for them. It's okay. It's a good try.


EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM Sunday, January 17, 2016 Kiradech
Aphibarnrat Quick Quotes
Q. How difficult was it? Did you almost pull out in the morning?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT: Tough golf. I decide to play because the way
Jeev was doing to us, they had like 100 percent to us. I just try to,
I mean, if I pull out this morning, Europe are going to get a point.
But anyway, if I going to lose a point, I would like to try. But I
didn't play until 18 hole, but I try my best today. Not like 100
percent before teeing off.

Q. How long have you had this injury?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT: I've been having it on the first round. But it's
getting better, by second round. Hopefully it will be fine. Yesterday
it's getting worse. Yesterday night it's getting worse. I woke up this
morning and went straight to range, hit five, six balls and go back to
physio again and try to work as much as I can.

Q. Did it affect your play in any way?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT: Yeah, I can't hit the ball -- I can tell it's
not my game. Even though I'm putting well, I hit a lot of good shots
but I hit it -- I have to make this putt because I not have a lot of
chance. I'm saying it's been quite tough to play with injury. When you
can't swing it well, I don't know how it's going to be the score.

Q. I'm sure you're not happy to look at the score like right now. Just
tell me in your mind what you think did not work for Asia this week?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT: Europe got a strong player this week and then
they perform well. I mean, everyone working well. All the players and
captain, Jeev, was playing great.

EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM Sunday, January 17, 2016 Darren Clarke Quick ,Lee Westwood Quick Quotes



Darren Clarke Quick Quotes


EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM Sunday, January 17, 2016 Darren
Clarke Quick Quotes

Q. You must be an extremely happy man?
DARREN CLARKE: Yeah, the team have played fantastic this week. I've
thrown a couple of my ideas at them and aside from that, the team
bonding that they have had -- Lee and Poults, both of them 100 per
cent. Lee to get the winning point, it's brilliant. You know what
those two have brought to the team room is priceless. They have been
very, very good. All the young kids have listened to them. They have
all learnt from them.

I think it's been a hugely beneficial week. Let's not forget we've
still got a lot of matches to go but I wanted every guy to think about
their own match and not watch the leaderboards. It's a difficult thing
to do but they have obviously, all the golf I've watched, they have
played brilliantly again. This team was a strong team and the way
Europe have played this week, I have been very, very impressed.

Q. How important will this week prove to be for you as a captain,
looking forward to The Ryder Cup?
DARREN CLARKE: Yeah, I think there's a lot of things that I've learnt
this week. Time being one of them, I don't have an awful lot of. There
have been a lot of positives this week. Obviously looking towards some
Ryder Cup things that's going to come together. I've learnt a few
things, and hopefully I'll do a better job come September. But if the
players don't play and don't perform, you can be the best captain in
the world and you're not going to win. This belongs to the players;
the quality of the golf this week has been brilliant.

Q. Everyone has been extremely complimentary to you as a captain. Have
you enjoyed it?
DARREN CLARKE: I've enjoyed it immensely. It's been a wonderful
learning experience for me. I've been around the game a long time and
done most things in the game and been fortunate to do so.

This is different. I really enjoyed it. The guys seemed to listen to
what I had to say, and if my little part of it has helped them along,
then well be it. I'm really looking forward now to, we'll go back out
the next couple weeks and sit down with The European Tour and figure
out what I did well as a captain or what I could have done better and
work on those areas and hopefully become -- get the whole package even
better for September.


EURASIA CUP presented by DRB-HICOM Sunday, January 17, 2016 Lee
Westwood Quick Quotes

LEE WESTWOOD: I think everybody has played well this week and
obviously contributed. That's why the score line has ended up as it
is.

Q. Satisfied with your part you played in it, as well?
LEE WESTWOOD: I didn't hit many balls over the winter break there. But
still felt I did a bit of gym work and still felt I was going to come
out and carry on from Thailand, and I did that. Hit the ball pretty
well this week and obviously won three points, so it's nice to
contribute.

Q. You don't like this phrase, elder statesmen, but people have been
looking up to you. Have you enjoyed that responsibility?
LEE WESTWOOD: Yeah, I do. You can't help getting a bit older, can you.
There's young lads on this team and ones that are going to be playing
in The Ryder Cup obviously later on in the year. This is going to be a
great experience for them, just feeding them into team golf gradually.
And I'm sure they will benefit from this week. Nothing but positives
to come out.

Q. I gather Darren said I would be happy to take all 12 of you, which
is saying something for Europe over the whole anyway, isn't it?
LEE WESTWOOD: Yeah, well, it's obviously not going to be this 12
because there's a lot of other great European golfers, but I know what
he means. This is a very strong European side we sent over trying to
win this, knowing Asia would put up a stiff sort of defense on their
home turf, and it was a strong side and we've all played well. I'm
sure Darren's delighted.

Q. From a personal point of view, good to start of year in this kind of fashion?
LEE WESTWOOD: Well, last year was a bit disappointing. I didn't play
as well as I would have liked but I feel like the swing is coming
along all the time and I'm starting to hit it like I feel I can hit it
and rolling in a few putts, as well, which is always necessary.
Looking forward to getting going in Abu Dhabi next week.

ASIA NEEDS TIME -experience,skills,stamina,power to become better golfers and TO BECOME MATCH PLAY EXPERTS AFTER LOSS IN EURASIA CUP PRESENTED BY DRB-HICOM




ASIA NEEDS TIME -experience,skills,stamina,power  to become better golfers and TO BECOME MATCH PLAY EXPERTS AFTER LOSS IN EURASIA CUP PRESENTED BY DRB-HICOM

Shah Alam, Malaysia, January 17: Team Asia members believe they can become a strong force in team golf in years to come after being handed a match play lesson from a dominant Europe who comfortably won the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM on Sunday.

Despite being outscored 18 ½  to 5 ½ by a Darren Clarke-led Team Europe at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, India’s Anirban Lahiri said Asia should not feel deflated despite the big loss.

Lahiri, who defeated Shane Lowry 2&1 in the singles for his lone point of the week, said the lack of match play experience was evident as Europe claimed the EurAsia Cup victory after the inaugural edition had ended in a 10-10 tie two years ago.

“I don't think there was a big difference in the overall quality. We obviously played a very strong European Team and they played really well,” said Lahiri, the newly-installed Asian Tour number one.

“But I think all of us here are on the team because we are very capable players. We have the talent, the potential and the credentials.”

The 28-year-old Indian believes Asia will only get better with more match play opportunities like the EurAsia Cup.

“We’re a very young team when it comes to team golf. We have not played many team events. The Europeans have over 60 years of experience which they have learned from. They have become a powerhouse in team golf as the Ryder Cups have shown.

“They have learned from their experiences, from their mistakes, and I think we are in a similar situation where we need to learn and improve, It's a matter of learning, and building on this aspect, which has actually been missing from Asian golf,” he said.

Clarke, who will also captain Europe in the Ryder Cup in September, agreed with Lahiri’s assessment.

“I think when you grow up playing a lot of match play as we do in Europe, all of Europe we do, it's an art of the game. These guys all sitting up here, they have learnt that art of the game. Maybe a few of the younger guys have picked up a few more finer points of that game this week, but it is something that you learn, and you only learn it through playing it more and more,” said Clarke.

“And this is match play at the highest level of the game. This is professional match play, where margins are so fine. So you've got to understand what you need to do to win. Doesn't matter how you play; you can play awful, doesn't matter. You've just got to play slightly better than your opponent. Look them in the eye and play better than him, and these guys up here know how to do that.”

Team Asia captain Jeev Milkha Singh said early preparation for the continent would be key to turning their fortunes around when the next EurAsia Cup returns to Malaysia in 2018.

“I think we need to follow the same process as The European Tour. We've seen it for years now that they are the best team in the world in match play. They start their preparation two years before any team event or a year before I think we need to do exactly the same,” said Singh.

Korea’s K.T. Kim, who secured a 3 & 2 win over Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, conceded Asia was outplayed but believes the team can become stronger in the near future.

“Overall, we can't deny they have a better team. Look at their world rankings and obviously it’s a stronger team. So I think that's where their advantage lies,” he said. “But having said that, we’ll prepare better for the next EurAsia Cup and see what happens then.”

Compatriot Byeonghun An, ranked 29th in the world, also took the defeat in his stride and is already looking forward to the next edition of the EurAsia Cup to exact some measure of revenge.

“This was probably the best experience I had in all my golf events. Unfortunately we lost, but you know, that's what it is. I enjoyed it,” said An, who clinched a point for Asia in the opening day Fourball session with Thongchai.

“We had the desire to win. I think we are as good as them but luck wasn't on our side this time. In two years’ time, maybe the tide will turn back to us,” added the 24-year-old, who was the European Tour Rookie of the Year in 2015.

Spirited Asians failed to hold the mighty power of Europe Goes down 5 ,1/2 to 18 ,1/2 .A fine boosting warm up for f Darren who will captain the coming Ryder cup 2016


Shah Alam, Malaysia, January 17: Team Europe romped to an emphatic 18½ to 5½ victory over Asia to secure their first win at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM on Sunday.

Match play expert Ian Poulter once again set the tone for Europe by beating Malaysia’s Danny Chia 4 & 3 in the top singles match to put some early blue scores on the board and quell any hope of an Asian fightback at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

The English duo of Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan followed up on Poulter’s lead by beating Nicholas Fung 7 & 6 and Thongchai Jaidee 4 & 3 respectively before leaving it to compatriot Danny Willett to deliver the final blow to Team Asia’s hopes.

Willett’s 3 & 1 defeat of Byeonghun An ensured Team Europe would become the first side to lift the EurAsia Cup after the inaugural event in 2014 ended in a thrilling 10-10 draw.

Further victories for Matt Fitzpatrick, Chris Wood, Kristoffer Broberg, Victor Dubuisson and Søren Kjeldsen sealed a convincing win for Captain Darren Clarke’s side.

Team Asia’s points came courtesy of India’s Anirban Lahiri and Korea’s K.T. Kim, who beat Shane Lowry 2 & 1 and Bernd Wiesberger 3 & 2 respectively, whilst a birdie putt on the last hole by young Jeunghun Wang ensured his match with Ross Fisher would finish in a tie.

Clarke, who will also captain Europe's Ryder Cup team in September, was delighted with his team’s emphatic victory. They won the fourball and foursomes sessions 4 ½ to 1 ½ on both days before winning nine singles matches and halving one out of the 12 on the final day.

"The team have played fantastic this week. There have been a lot of positives. I've learnt a few things, and hopefully I'll do a better job come September,” said Clarke.

"But if the players don't play and don't perform, you can be the best captain in the world and you're not going to win. This belongs to the players; the quality of the golf this week has been brilliant.”

Captain’s pick Poulter delivered three points for Europe from as many matches, handing Chia his only defeat in the EurAsia Cup by shooting six birdies through 15 holes.

“Danny had nothing to lose so I had to come out and play strong, and that’s what I did today. I played pretty solid, holed some decent putts and obviously made it very difficult for him,” said Poulter, Europe’s talisman in the Ryder Cup.

Willett, who finished second in the Race to Dubai on the European Tour last season, was delighted to secure the win that gave Europe the unassailable lead over Asia, who never found their putting touch on the greens all week.

“It’s been a fantastic week and a fantastic group of lads. We've had a good laugh, and I think to enjoy it, we've really shown Europe's true colors and European spirit and a pretty outstanding win,” said Willett.

Team Asia’s captain Jeev Milkha Singh of India conceded Europe were worthy winners of the EurAsia Cup but vowed to come back stronger in the next edition of the match play event in Malaysia in 2018.

“I still feel that the team was really strong, and I think they still need to keep their chin up and believe in themselves that they are the world beaters and they are going to do really well and I wish them all the success.

But the experience we have gained from this, that's what we take away from here and nothing else,” said Singh.

Thongchai, who was the playing captain for Asia two years ago, said Asia would bounce back in two years’ time. “Our team tried so hard. Even Jeev, he is a very good captain. But Europe had a very strong team.

“I didn't play well this week and I think we try to make up in two years, we have to plan early. That's the key thing. We’ll look forward to 2018 and I think we have more experience next time and have a good chance to try to beat the European Team,” said the Thai veteran star.

Friday’s Fourball Results (Team Europe first)
Ian Poulter/Bernd Wiesberger bt Anirban Lahore/Jeunghun Wang 4 & 3
Danny Willett/Matthew Fitzpatrick lost to Byeonghun An/Thongchai Jaidee 3 & 1
Victor Dubuisson/Soren Kjeldsen and Danny Chia/Nicholas Fung halved
Ross Fisher/Kristoffer Broberg bt Prayad Marksaeng/K.T. Kim 6 & 4
Shane Lowry/Andy Sullivan bt Shingo Katayama/Wu Ashun 2 & 1

Saturday’s Foursomes Results (Team Europe first)
Ian Poulter/Danny Willett bt Byeonghun An/Thongchai Jaidee 3 & 2
Bernd Wiesberger/Ross Fisher bt K.T. Kim/Jeunghun Wang 2-up
Kristoffer Broberg/Chris Wood lost to S.S.P. Chawrasia/Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2-up
Shane Lowry/Andy Sullivan bt Prayad Marksaeng/Shingo Katayama 3 & 2
Soren Kjeldsen/Victor Dubusison halved with Danny Chia/Nicholas Fung
Lee Westwood/Matthew Fitzpatrick bt Anirban Lahiri/Wu Ashun 5 & 4

Sunday’s Singles Matches (Team Europe first)
Ian Poulter bt Danny Chia 4 & 3
Danny Willett bt Byeonghun An 3 & 1
Andy Sullivan bt Thongchai Jaidee 4 & 3
Matthew Fitzpatrick bt Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2-up
Shane Lowry lost to Anirban Lahiri 2 & 1
Bernd Wiesberger lost to K.T. Kim 3 & 2
Lee Westwood bt Nicholas Fung 7 & 6
Ross Fisher halved with Jeunghun Wang
Chris Wood bt S.S.P. Chawarasia 1-up
Kristoffer Broberg bt Shingo Katayama 5 & 4
Victor Dubuisson bt Wu Ashun 1-up
Soren Kjeldsen bt Prayad Marksaeng 3 & 2

CHIA, FUNG AND KIRADECH SALUTED AT EURASIA CUP PRESENTED BY DRB-HICOM




CHIA, FUNG AND KIRADECH SALUTED AT EURASIA CUP PRESENTED BY DRB-HICOM

Kuala Lumpur, January 17: Local heroes Danny Chia, Nicholas Fung and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand earned the respect of their Team Asia teammates after wearing their hearts on the sleeves at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM on Sunday.

Team Europe, who led 9 – 3 after dominating the fourball and foursomes sessions, were too strong in the 12 singles matches as well at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club and cruised to a 18 ½ to 5 ½ win over Asia.

Chia and Fung had produced memorable Fourball and Foursome performances where they earned half points for Team Asia but were defeated by Ryder Cup experts Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood in the singles, losing 4 & 3 and 7 & 6 respectively.

Kiradech, the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, showed immense team spirit when he played through a shoulder injury against Matthew Fitzpatrick of England before losing by 2 holes.

Chia, who raised eyebrows when he responded “Ian who?” after he was asked about his singles match-up on Saturday, hit only three birdies in his loss to captain’s pick Poulter, who won all his three matches this week.

“He told me he is Ian Poulter,” laughed Chia.  “I felt it was just down to putting. I thought that he was more deadly with the putting compared to me. I'm a bit erratic,” said Chia, a two-time Asian Tour winner.

Poulter said: “It was good fun out there actually. It was nice to get off first and obviously the boys put a lot of blue on the board straight afterwards. I had kind of a bit of a laugh on the last green with him (Chia) and kind of said my name and said thanks, and he kind of laughed. We had a good match.”

Kiradech was lauded by his teammates and captain Jeev Milkha Singh for teeing up against Fitzpatrick despite nursing a shoulder strain which required on-course treatment on several occasions.

“This morning, if I pulled out before the tee off, the point would go to Europe. I didn’t want to let the point get away from me if I did not do anything. Jeev has worked so hard for me and for our team. I just wanted to go out and try even if I’m going to lose the point,” said Kiradech.

Fung, featuring in the his second EurAsia Cup, stood tall despite the match play lesson at the hands of former world number one Westwood, who also won three matches at Glenmarie.

“I played okay and of course, I played with the former number one and a match-play king. He really played well. It has been a good experience and I’m happy with the way I played. More importantly Danny and I contributed one point to the team,” said Fung.
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Shah Alam, Malaysia, January 17: Captain Jeev Milkha Singh hailed his lion-hearted men after Team Europe won the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM on Sunday and believes Asia needs to put a team system in place to avenge their loss in two years’ time.

Darren Clarke’s Europe cruised to a 13-point victory at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, dominating the singles session to run out victors with 18 ½ points against Asia’s 5 ½ points in what is the second edition of the EurAsia Cup.

“I am proud of my team. I believe in these players. These players worked really hard. They gave it 100 per cent out there. They gave each other advice, and also my vice captain, Liang Wen-Chong, put in a lot of effort,” said Singh, a former two-time Asian Tour number one.
                                                                                                                       
“We learned from this. It was a good experience, and when we come back after two years, we are going to be a stronger team and we are going to do well.

“They (players) made me feel so good and such an honour they have given me. I think this will stay with me for the rest of my life. These boys have a lot of game and they are going to do well. I think they are going to prove themselves on the world stage,” he added.

With Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak announcing at the closing ceremony that Malaysia would host the third edition of the EurAsia Cup against in 2018 – the first edition ended in a 10-10 draw – Singh said he would advocate for earlier team preparation.

“I think we need to follow the same process as The European Tour. We've seen it for years now that they are the best team in the world in match play. They start their preparation two years before any team event or a year before. I think we need to do exactly the same. We need to set up a system in place for making sure that the team is ready. We've got everything, like you mentioned, the stats, the ranking points, selection of the players; so that we are ready and prepared like the Europeans are,” said Singh.

Only Anirban Lahiri and K.T. Kim won their singles matches while Jeunghun Wang earned a half point for Team Asia in the singles session but Singh believes all his 12 men will benefit from the experience of facing a strong European side at Glenmarie.

“It has been a good experience. I still feel that the team was really strong, and I think they still need to keep their chin up and believe in themselves that they are world beaters and they are going to do really well. But the experience we have gained from this, that's what we take away from here,” he said.

He praised Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who faced Matthew Fitzpatrick despite a shoulder injury which he has carried since Thursday after sleeping poorly.

“I thought he wouldn't be able to play 18 holes. But he fought it out, and I think - I was just thinking that he's going to last nine holes but he took him (Fitzpatrick) down to the 18th hole. I think he's a fighter. I think he's going to do well for himself in the future because that's what keeps a golfer going. I think he pushed himself to the limit and I'm proud of him,” said the Indian.

Singh said Malaysian duo Nicholas Fung and Danny Chia, who halved both their fourball and foursomes matches but lost in the singles to Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter respectively, can hold their heads high after producing stellar performances.

“Danny and Nicholas … fantastic show, especially in front of the home crowds. Normally when you play in front of your home crowds, you have a lot of pressure and I think they took it on a positive way,” he said.

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Friday, 15 January 2016

Thais in the forefront at Eurasia 2016 Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.Shah Alam Malysia

THONGCHAI AND AN PROVE A POINT AT EURASIA CUP PRESENTED BY DRB-HICOM




Shah Alam, Malaysia, January 15: Thongchai Jaidee and Byeonghun An lived up to their top billing for Team Asia by securing a convincing 3 & 1 win over Danny Willet and Matthew Fitzpatrick as Team Europe raced to a three-point lead after day one of the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM.

Thongchai and An, ranked 27th and 29th in the world respectively, fought back from 2-down at the turn to clinch a morale boosting point for Team Asia at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club.

Europe dominated the Fourball session early in the day before the Thai and Korean combo fought back with a vengeance, with An nailing an eagle and three straight birdies on his back nine to seal the point.

“We were 2-down and I looked at the board and it was all blue. I didn't care about the other guys, because I know they’ll do well, and the first thing that came to my mind was we had to win our match,” said the 24-year-old An, who was named European Tour Rookie of the Year in 2015.

“But even when we were down, I still had confidence as Thongchai is obviously a good player. We make a great team. He can take care of me when I hit a bad shot and I can cover when he hits a bad shot.”

Thongchai’s three birdies on the outward nine kept the Asian pair in the match before An’s brilliance took over. Captain Jeev Milkha Singh has retained the winning partnership, sending them out in the first match against Ian Poulter and Danny Willett for Saturday’s Foursomes session.

Thongchai was pleased to strike a strong partnership with An and is confident they can continue their winning ways.  “I enjoy playing with my partner (An). I know his game and he knows mine. So that’s important. I’ve more experience and will guide him along but overall, we work very well together,” said Thongchai.

The power-packed An said captain Singh kept the team’s spirit up despite the wave of blue scores early on day one.

“We saw him a couple times. He always mentioned to us, ‘we are the best players in the world.’ That gave me a lot of confidence. Even when we were losing, he says ‘you guys are the best team and you will do well and you guys are champions,’” said An.

“He definitely has 100 per cent belief in us. Definitely that gives me a lot of confidence. Even when we were losing, definitely those are great things to hear and that gave me a lot of boost and confidence. I heard it on No. 11 before my eagle putt, and since that eagle putt, I think I played quite well the last eight holes.

Singh was delighted his decision to pair Thongchai, the only player to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns, and An paid off handsomely. “An and Thongchai, the way they came back on the back nine was fantastic to watch. I think they did an excellent job, and you know, once they won, it rubbed off on Danny (Chia) and Nicholas (Fung).

“I’ve paired them again as obviously they played well and are high on confidence.  I want them to go out first and start the momentum,” said Singh.


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