15 May 2018
Xiao Eyes Home Glory At The Asia-Pacific Classic
Zhengzhou, Henan, China, May 15: Bowen Xiao of China hopes to rediscover his winning form by switching to a more competitive mindset at the US$300,000 Asia-Pacific Classic which tees off on Thursday.
The 28-year-old was recovering from a shoulder injury and he felt that he was adapting, rather than contending on the Asian Tour in the early part of this year. He has now put his woes behind him and is determined to put in a good performance at the St Andrews Golf Club.
Xiao earned his breakthrough victory on the Asian Tour in Xiamen last year and he’ll be looking to turn his season around on home soil at the Asia Pacific Classic, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the China Golf Association (CGA).
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh will also be tweaking his approach in China. Last week, he felt that he may have over prepared for his National Open and put himself under too much pressure to win. The two-time Asian Tour champion is going to enjoy the process this week and he is optimistic about his chances at the Asia-Pacific Classic.
Asian Tour Qualifying School graduate Miguel Carballo of Argentina is enjoying an outstanding run in the Asian Development Tour (ADT), finishing in the top-10 four times in five starts. The 39-year-old is relishing his opportunity to compete on the Asian Tour and is looking forward to teeing off in China.
Apart from Carballo, top Qualifying School graduates to feature at the tournament include Shohei Hasegawa of Japan and Kurt Kitayama of the United States, who have both won on the ADT, as well as Ben Campbell of New Zealand, who finished tied-second in Bangladesh last week.
Other notable names in the field include the Thai trio of Prom Meesawat, Poom Saksansin and Rattanon Wannasrichan.
Source : Asian Tour