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Kiradech Aphibarnrat will be amongst the leading 10 players from the region’s premier tour to challenge 60 PGA Tour players.
PETALING JAYA: Thai star and current Malaysian Open champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand will spearhead a power-packed Asian Tour line-up, which includes Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung, in the US$7mil (RM22.4mil) CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from Oct 24-27.
Kiradech, the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, will be amongst the leading 10 players from the region’s premier tour to challenge 60 PGA Tour players including the likes of Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker and Ernie Els in the lucrative event sanctioned by the PGA Tour and Asian Tour.
The 24-year-old Kiradech represents a new breed of young Asian golfers who are strongly tipped to become world beaters. Kiradech’s confidence will be sky-high for the CIMB Classic as he not only triumphed in the Malaysian Open in March but the burly Thai tied for 21st in the inaugural CIMB Classic in 2010.
Top Malaysian-ranked golfer Nicholas will join fellow national golfer Rashid Ismail for the second Malaysian spot in the upcoming tournament.
Nicholas, who came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier this year, has enjoyed a good season on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) this year where he claimed his maiden title on home soil in June and secured five top-10 finishes. He is currently second on the ADT Order of Merit with a season’s haul of US$35,740 (RM114,475).
The complete field for the CIMB Classic will comprise 60 players from the PGA Tour, the top 10 available players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit, and eight sponsor’s exemptions.
The other Asian Tour qualifiers, based on the leading available 10 players from the Order of Merit, include newly-crowned Mercuries Taiwan Masters champion Scott Hend of Australia, countryman Wade Ormsby, Thai veteran Prayad Marksaeng and American Berry Henson.
India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar, who is 25, the 26-year-old Anirban Lahiri and 31-year-old Shiv Kapur, who have a combined eight Asian Tour titles, South Korea’s Baek Seuk-hyun, who turned 23 this week, and the 28-year-old Siddikur of Bangladesh have all earned their prized spots in the fourth edition of the CIMB Classic following the conclusion of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Sunday.
Apart from a two-year exemption, the winner of the 2013 CIMB Classic will also earn a spot in the 2014 Masters Tournament.
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