REAP (Cambodia) (AFP) Indias Shiv Kapur is hoping to maintain a personal milestone by retaining his Asian Tour card with a strong showing at the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open starting Thursday.
Since capping his debut with a victory in 2005, Kapur has successfully maintained his playing rights in Asia, but the former Rookie of the Year needs a top result at Phokeethra Country Club to keep the streak alive.
He will face tough opposition from a plethora of Asian Tour stars including Singapores Lam Chih Bing, 11-time Asian Tour winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, and Anthony Kang of the United States.
Following his career breakthrough four years ago, Kapur, who was the Asian Games gold medalist in 2002, has endured a bumpy career but is confident of ending his season on a high.
As a personal milestone since turning pro, I have always maintained my Asian Tour card and that is something I would like to carry on, he said.
I havent won in a few years but I feel my chances are better on this side of the world.
He is presently 69th on the Asian Tours Order of Merit and needs to break into the top-65 to maintain his status.
As the Cambodian Open will be his last event of the season, Kapur knows he needs to get the job done this week.
The talented Thaworn also has plenty to play for, keen to equal compatriot Thongchai Jaidees record of 12 Asian Tour wins, but he is the first to admit it has been an up-and-down season.
My consistency is very unbalanced. Sometimes I play good golf and sometimes I just lose my form. I have been training very hard to remain consistent and it has been slowly paying off, he said.
Equaling Thongchais record is not in my mind but I feel very comfortable playing on this course as it is near Thailand and it reminds me of home. I am hoping to do well.
Lam, who finished second here last season, is aiming to go one better than that performance which subsequently helped him to a maiden victory on the Asian Tour.
Finishing second here was my best finish at that point so it really gave me the confidence to win my maiden title. It is definitely my plan to try and finish strongly again, said Lam.
The Singaporean has made 11 cuts in 14 tournaments this year and is determined to improve on his best finish at the GS Caltex Maekyung Open in Korea where he ended in tied eighth place.