18 April 2018
Chan Aims To Reignite Unforgettable Memories At The Panasonic Open Championship
Osaka, Japan, April 17: Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang is hoping for another unforgettable week in Japan as he prepares to take another shot at glory at the Panasonic Open Championship which starts on Thursday.
Chan had a season to remember in 2016 when he sensationally claimed his second Asian Tour victory at the Ibaraki Country Club, which is also the host venue for this week’s JP¥150,000,000 (approx. US$1,370,000) event that is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
While he has not reached the heights of his 2016 Asian Tour season where he finished in fourth place on the merit standings, the 31-year-old is hoping to make up for lost time by battling his way back into winner’s circle again this week.
India’s Ganganjeet Bhullar is also eyeing a grandstand finish to pip current Panasonic Swing leader Shiv Kapur to the top prize as the Panasonic Swing series reaches its conclusion on Sunday.
The Indian still has a mathematically chance of overtaking his compatriot and knows he is capable of surmounting a late challenge if he plays true to form.
Like Bhullar, Zimbabwean Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe can also clinch the Panasonic Swing series should Kapur misses the cut and he wins the Panasonic Open Championship.
After enduring several close finishes in 2017, Vincent, who is the first Zimbabwean to play on the Asian Tour, will be counting on his biggest fan and wife, Kelsey to steer him to his maiden breakthrough on the Asian Tour.