Lahiri ready for King`s Cup challenge

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri will hope to put behind his lacklustre performance at the Singapore Open and inch closer to securing his Asian tour card when he tees off at the King`s Cup golf tournament in Thailand on Thursday.

Updated: Nov 23, 2010, 16:21 PM IST

Khon Kaen: Indian golfer Anirban
Lahiri will hope to put behind his lacklustre performance at
the Singapore Open and inch closer to securing his Asian tour
card when he tees off at the King`s Cup golf tournament in
Thailand on Thursday.

Currently at the 65th position, Lahiri, who missed the
cut at the Singapore Open early this month, will also hope to
boost his rankings in the Order of Merit and secure his 2011
Asian Tour card at the USD 300,000 event.

Lahiri will be up against the likes of Thai star Thaworn
Wiratchant, a 12-time Asian Tour champion, Englishman Nick
Redfern, Angelo Que of the Philippines, Anthony Kang of the
United States and Malaysian Iain Steel.

The other Indian vying for the title at the Singha Park
Khon Kaen Golf Club will be Himmat Rai, who pushed K J Choi of
Korea all the way in the final round of the Iskandar Johor
Open before settling for tied third place last year.

The 23-year-old Rai is confident of making amends and
hitting a purple patch after struggling to make an impact
during his previous outing here.

"You do look at the merit list as it shows where you are
but I do not believe that`s where my game is. At the end of
last year, I got a new psychologist and a new coach where we
have been working on a new system on swinging the club more
consistently and I`m happy with the direction of my game,"
Rai, who is placed 107th on the Order of Merit, said.

With four more tournaments to go before the end of the
2010 Asian Tour season, many players are rallying to secure
their Tour cards for next season.

Asian Tour veteran Zaw Moe, 43, of Myanmar, who struggled
with injuries and serious ailments in the past years, is
delighted with his new found desire to succeed on the Asian
Tour.

"I won`t lie, I didn`t put in as much effort as I did
previously but this year I feel different. I`m beginning to
feel the eagerness to compete again and to put in all my
effort to perform again," said Moe, who has won once on the
Asian Tour.

Redfern, who claimed his best finish on the Asian Tour
last year, believes he has what it takes to spark another
title charge in the tournament.

"This is a significant tournament to be held at the end
of the year for players such as myself who are trying to
retain their Tour card. The result here could have a big
impact on the Order of Merit and I hope to do well here
again," the Englishman said.

PTI