18 April 2017
Chawrasia ready for Panasonic OPEN Japan
India’s S.S.P Chawarasia believes he will be among the genuine contenders for the Panasonic OPEN Japan when the ¥150 million (approximately US$1.37million) event tees off at the Chiba Country Club, Umesato course in Noda City, Chiba prefecture on Thursday.
Over 30 Tour winners from over 15 countries are set to feature at the Panasonic OPEN Japan which is the third event to be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) this year.
Having secured his first Tour title outside India last year, Chawrasia is delighted the pressure of winning abroad is finally off and he can focus on playing his way into contention again.
Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung is also running high on confidence having won another domestic title where he prevailed in a play-off last week.
The 26-year-old has shown great improvement and maturity in his game since missing the cut in last year’s edition and is ready to make amends this week.
Qualifying School winner Richard Green of Australia is meanwhile planning to make his maiden trip to Japan a memorable one having taken a well-deserved break from golf recently.
A multiple winner in Europe and Australia, Green is also very excited about the playing opportunities in Asia having earned his Tour card in January.
Did you know?
The Panasonic OPEN Japan is the third event to be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and JGTO this year following earlier events in Singapore and Myanmar in January.
Australia’s Richard Green, who topped the class at Qualifying School in January, is visiting and competing in Japan for the first time since he turned professional in 1992.
India’s S.S.P Chawrasia is gunning for his seventh win on the Asian Tour after successfully defending his National Open last month.
Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung is still searching for his maiden breakthrough on the Asian Tour having come close on several occasions since he turned professional in 2010.
Panasonic Corporation which has supported the Olympic Games as an official worldwide partner for over 25 years, has also backed professional golf at the highest level in Asia through its title sponsorship of the Panasonic OPEN India since 2011 and the Panasonic OPEN Japan.
S.S.P Chawrasia (Ind)
My last event on the Asian Tour was at the Indian Open which I won. So, I’m really feeling very high on confidence now. The celebrations lasted for one week and I had several parties with family and friends. Obviously, the party’s over and it’s time to start practicing again, which I’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks. The weather’s good and the course conditions are perfect. There’s nothing more to ask for except to play well now. Before my win in Manila last year, I was always putting a lot of pressure on myself to get that first win outside India. But now that I’ve won abroad, it has taken a lot of that mental pressure off my mind. I’m totally relaxed now and it’s good. I’m ready and looking forward to playing well this week.
Richard Green (Aus)
Life has been okay since that victory at Qualifying School in Bangkok. I’ve been playing a couple of events in Perth, Singapore, which was the week after Qualifying School. I played okay in those events although I had a couple of months off and my first event back was the event in Morocco on the European Tour last week. I’m slowly getting myself back into tournament form again. I’m feeling very excited about this week and it has been on my mind since I got my Asian Tour card. I’ve never been to Japan before and this is my first time here. I’ve always wanted to play in somewhere new this year and I’m sure it’ll be a nice experience for me this week.
Nicholas Fung (Mas)
I’ve been playing well recently and it’s good to come into this week on the back of a win at home last week. It’s definitely a great confidence booster. I’m playing on this golf course for the second time having missed the cut here last year. But I’m older and wiser now. It’s important to get every shot onto the tight fairways and greens here. I misjudged the wind directions last year and was trying too hard to be aggressive which didn’t work out well. So, for this week, it’s going to be a different approach both mentally and tactically.