Thai golfers eye glory in Indonesia Open

09:31, July 12, 2011      

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Top Thai golfers Chawalit Plaphol and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, both winners this season, will bring their considerable talent to OneAsia for this week's 1 million U.S. dollar-Indonesia Open, a press statement said here on Monday.

Defending champion Michael Hendry of New Zealand, top Chinese golfer Liang Wenchong, Japanese legend Shigeki Maruyama, Irishman Paul McGinley and multiple winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand will challenge for the title from July 14-17.

Chawalit burst back to prominence after a period in the doldrums with victory in the Queen's Cup on home soil last month, his first big win since lifting the Bangkok Airways Open in 2006.

"I was playing really well at the moment and I want to compete in as many tournaments as possible while my form is hot," said the 36-year-old Chawalit, who possesses one of the sweetest swings in Asian golf.

This will be the first time I have played an OneAsia event outside of Thailand and I know the competition will be tough, he said.

The big-hitting Kiradech, dubbed "Asia's John Daly" because of his grip-it-and-rip-it style, underlined his huge potential with victory in the SAIL Open in India earlier this year.

Kiradech showed immense promise in the amateur ranks and was the World Junior champion in both 2003 and 2004.

He turned professional at the E-San Open in 2007 and immediately made his mark with a final round 61 to finish sixth.

Kiradech, 21, shot another 61 on his way to victory in the 2009 Singha Pattaya Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour to underscore his ability to shoot low scores.

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