Fine Field Assembles in Pattaya

Pattaya, March 31: The top guns of the Mercedes-Benz Tour will be put to the test by several of Asia’s leading players in this week’s US$50,000 Singha Pattaya Open, the second leg of the nine-event 2009 schedule.

Thai quartet of Thaworn Wiratchant, Prom Meesawat, Chawalit Plaphol and Thammanoon Srirot have won 18 titles in Asia between them and will start as favourites for the title at Burapha Golf Club.

The charge of the young brigade will be led by a trio of winners on the Mercedes-Benz Tour, two-time champion Wisut Artjanawat and Pariya Junhasavasdikul, both of Thailand, and star-in-the-making Rory Hie of Indonesia.

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Mardan Cruises to Victory

March 14: Singapore’s Mardan Mamat fired his fourth successive sub-70 round to win the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore today and record his maiden title on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.

The 41 year old shot a three-under-par 69 at Laguna National Golf and Country Club for a three stroke victory over Thailand’s Varut Chomchalam.

Varut returned a 66, while a stroke further back were defending champion Pariya Junhasavasdikul and Indonesia’s Rory Hie.
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Mardan Maintains Lead

March 13: Singapore’s Mardan Mamat put himself on the brink of his first win on the Mercedes-Benz Tour today when he took the third round lead at the Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore.

Mamat fired a five-under-par 67 at Laguna National Golf and Country Club for a two stroke advantage over Rory Hie of Indonesia.

Hie, who is aged 20 and one of the region’s rising stars, returned a 65.
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Mardan Makes His Move

March 12: Singapore’s Mardan Mamat fired his second-successive three-under-par 69 to take the halfway lead in the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore today at Laguna National Golf and Country Club.

He moved a stroke ahead of compatriot and first round leader Lam Chih Bing who came in with a 72, in what is the season-opener on the Mercedes-Benz Tour.

Mamat lies on six under for the tournament and is looking for his first win on the fledgling circuit which this year boasts nine events.
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Lam Makes Fast Start

March 11: Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing fired a five-under-par 67 to take the first round lead in the US$60,000 Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore.

Having endured a slow start to the season, his game finally clicked today as he nailed six birdies for a one stroke lead over Filipino Rey Pagunsan and Namchok Tantipokakul from Thailand.

Lam pounded the back nine on the Masters Course at Laguna National Golf and Country Club with birdies on 11, 14, 16 and 18.
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Lam Leads the Charge

March 10: The 2009 season tees off on the Mercedes-Benz Tour tomorrow with an impressive line up of players competing in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore.

Led by the Lion City’s leading players Lam Chih Bing, Mardan Mamat and amateur star Quincy Quek the tournament is being played at Laguna National Golf and Country Club.

The prize money has been increased by US$10,000 to US$60,000 and will see 115 players compete.
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Tour Set for Sparkling 2009

February 26: The Mercedes-Benz Tour will tee-off in Singapore next month with a strong schedule of events in place for the new season.

A total of nine tournaments, played across six countries, will be staged starting with the Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore, at Laguna National Golf and Country Club from March 11 to 14, and culminating in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam in November.

Prize money for the opening event has been increased from US$50,000 to US$60,000 – an increment which also applies to the Mercedes-Benz Masters Malaysia and Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia.

The season-ending event in Vietnam, which is the Tour Championship, will also see its purse raised to US$80,000.
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Perskindol to Power Que

February 16: Top Filipino golfer Angelo Que can look forward to swinging the club in an even smoother fashion this year as Perskindol, the company that produce massage gels and sprays, have forged a sponsorship agreement with him.

Que, who enjoyed an outstanding 2008 season, winning the Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit title and the Philippine Open, is one of the region’s rising stars and will therefore provide Perskindol with a perfect opportunity to expand into the Philippine market.

The Swiss company are the Official Massage Gel and Spray of the Mercedes-Benz Tour and have already established themselves in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
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