Sunday , October 24 2021

Magnificent six with destiny to the US Open


Thailand's Armor Kiradech Aphibarnrat, currently ranked 46th in the world, is expected to take the Asian flag alongside other Asian Tour members such as Anirban Lahiri from India, Justin Harding from South Africa, Marcus Fraser , from Australia, and Kodai Ichihara and Mikumu. Horikawa in the third major of the year.

Kiradech, the 2013 Asian Order of Merit champion, is making his third appearance at the US Open and his 15th tie at Shinnecock Hills last year remains his best result so far.

As the first Thai golfer to win a PGA TOUR card for the 2018/19 PGA TOUR season, Kiradech has already achieved two of the five best results so far and is optimistic to rediscover his best form.

"It was a huge learning curve for me and I feel I can do even better. I am trying to recover my best form, practicing well and playing well. I hope the next big break comes, "Kiradech said.

Like Kiradech, Lahiri is also a champion of the Asian Order of Merit, having won the prestigious title in 2015.

The Indian made his ticket to his third appearance at the US Open during the selective selection in Columbus, Ohio last week.

Lahiri missed the cut in his two previous appearances at the US Open in 2015 and 2016 and is determined to make his mark in the only Major, where he still needs to cut in half.

"It's not good to see home majors, definitely a new prospect for the US Open." "It's safe to say I'm eager to play well at big events," said Lahiri. "I look forward to Pebble Beach.

Harding, a two-time Asian Tour winner, hopes to show the same consistency that led him to a remarkable tie in 12th at the Masters Tournament in April.

The South African, who first made a good impression during this year's Asian Tour debut when he won consecutive titles in Indonesia and Thailand last year, may surprise him again in his debut at the US Open.

"I showed more consistency in my game and became a little better mentally. I'm no longer really going through the ups and downs and the emotional roller coaster, so to speak.

"But this also comes in not playing the aggressive mindset game I've had in the past. I'm just trying to get a little smarter on the golf course and make fewer mistakes, "Harding said.

Meanwhile, Fraser will make his fourth appearance at the US Open, taking part in 2007, 2013 and 2015, while Ichihara and Horikawa were rewarded for their debut after winning their places in the home selective.

T.C. of Chinese Taipei Chen's second place tie in 1985 remains the best result for an Asian player in the US Open.

50% of the prize money earned by Asian Tour members at the US Open will be counted toward the Order of Merit.

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