Asian Tour ramps up in Macau

BY Bruce Young | Asian Tour | 2012 Venetian Macau Open | Preview | 09 Oct 2012

The Asian Tour begins a stretch of big money events on Thursday, that series of events carrying it through to the season ending Iskandar Johor Open in mid December.

This week’s Venetian Macau Open is played at the Macau Golf and Country Club and despite the US$750,000 being the lowest purse over the next two months or so there is still a very good field lined up.

With six of the next seven events worth more than US$1 million, and a few a lot more, then there is every reason for members of the Asian Tour to have their game’s primed for what lies ahead.

The current leader of the Asian Tour money list is Marcus Fraser who will tee it up this week as he prepares for the bigger co-sanctioned European Tour events over the next few weeks.

Fraser is attempting to become the first Australian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit. His season has included a runner-up finish at the Omega European Masters which was co sanctioned with the European Tour, a 3rd place finish at the Ballantines event in Korea, a 4th place at the Avanthan Masters and a 6th place finish at the Volvo China Open.

Seven other players in the current top-10 of the Order of Merit – Indian trio Anirban Lahiri, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Digvijay Singh, Thaworn Wirachant, Bangladeshi Siddikur, Prom Meesawat of Thailand and American David Lipsky – will also tee up in the popular US$750,000 Asian Tour tournament at the challenging Macau Golf and Country Club from October 11-14.

Wales Open winner, Thongchai Jaidee, is also in the field making it a particularly strong line-up.

A surprise inclusion in the event is former US Masters champion, Ian Woosnam, who has put together several good finishes on the European Senior Tour this season but it would seem might struggle against these younger players.

The defending champion this week is Chinese Taipei’s CHAN Yih-shin who defeated Australian David Gleeson by three shots. Gleeson had won this event in 2008.

Other Australians in the field include Scott Hend, Kirean Pratt, Scott Barr, Darren Beck, Marcus Both, Rick Kulacz, Adam Blyth and Wade Ormsby to name a few.

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