PETALING JAYA: National golfer Chan Tuck Soon will aim for a top-10 finish at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) in South Korea this week.
The four-day AAC gets under way at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon on Thursday. The winner will be invited to compete in next year’s US Masters at the Augusta National. The champion and the runner-up will also get to play in the qualifying rounds for the British Open.
Tuck Soon is one of the six Malaysians selected for the AAC based on their positions in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). The others are Danial Durisic, Daeng Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz, Galven Kendall Green, Mohd Afif Razif and Amir Nazrin Jailani.
The 120-man line-up includes defending champion Jin Cheng of China and Australians Curtis Luck, the US Amateur champion, and world No. 6 Cameron Davis.
With such a top-class field, the 22-year-old Tuck Soon is under no illusion that a top-10 finish will be easy.
He has featured in the tournament on five occasions with his best finish being joint 27th in Hong Kong last year.
“I feel that my game is better than last year. I have been training very hard. I’ve improved my driving and I’m sharper with my irons now. I’m also more accurate in my putting.
“I hope the greens will be kinder to me this time as I target to get a top-10 finish,” said Tuck Soon, who represented Malaysia at the Asian Games in Guangzhou (2010) and Incheon (2014).