12 December 2017
Kiradech Aims to End On A High at Indonesian Masters
Jakarta, December 12: Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat will be seeking a grandstand finish to boost his world ranking hopes when the Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Telkom gets underway at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club on Thursday.
As the Asian Tour's season ending and flagship event, the Indonesian Masters offers the winner 20 Official World Golf Ranking points (OWGR) and the 28-year-old will be hoping to take advantage of that to end his year with a flourish.
The Thai, who is currently ranked 56th in the world, hopes to crack into the world's top-50 before the year is over. He is brimming with confidence following a string of impressive finishes which also included his Asian Development Tour (ADT) win at the Thongchai Jaideee Foundation last week.
India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia is also looking for a result that will see him finish second on the Asian Tour Order of Merit after Malaysia’s Gavin Green had already slammed the door on his closest rivals with his unassailable lead.
Korean-American Micah Lauren Shin believes his week’s break from golf will put him in a better position to contend again. The rookie secured a memorable victory in the Philippines last month and is looking forward to tee off in his final event of the year.
Defending champion Poom Saksansin is determined to put up a strong defence against a stellar field that features Major winner Justin Rose of England along with American Brandt Snedeker, an eight-time winner on the US PGA Tour.