India's newest talent S.S.P. Chowrasia intends to make amends at the Taiwan Open starting today after his disqualification misery here last week.
The Asian Tour rookie was turfed out of the Taiwan Masters after failing to sign his second round scorecard, denying him the chance to take a three-stroke lead into the weekend.
It caused him sleepless nights as he replayed his error over and over again.
But Chowrasia is determined to bounce back in the US$300,000 event at Sunrise Golf and Country Club this week.
"I did not sleep at all last weekend because of what happened. I've been awake the entire time," the 28-year-old said. "But I have put that behind me. I've picked myself up and I'm ready for the challenges ahead."
"I am feeling really good about my game and I'm determined to lead the way after the first day, just like how it was last week. I feel it, and I want the lead again," he added.
Chowrasia has been one of the season's revelations on the Asian Tour, making nine cuts in as many events which include three top-20s.
He is well positioned to claim a top-60 Order of Merit finish by the end of the season, which comes with a full Tour card and entry into some of Asia's biggest tournaments next year.
Other Asian Tour regulars in action include Thailand's Prom Meesawat, and former Taiwan Open champions Danny Chia of Malaysia and American Andrew Pitts.
Lu Chien-soon, the last local to win the Taiwan Open in 1998, is also teeing off.
Golf Project Hope
STAFF WRITER WITH CNA, TAIPEI
Golf Project Hope, a private association organized by Taiwanese entrepreneurs dedicated to promoting the sport, announced on Tuesday the names of three local golfers who will be sponsored to participate in golf tournaments in the US and Japan.
The association's chief executive, Shih Chuan-lin, said that the campaign was initiated last year to foster talented Taiwanese golfers. This year's sponsored golfers are the top three finishers in the 2006 Jaguar Taiwan Trophy held by Golf Project Hope and Jaguar Taiwan.
Champion Lu Wei-chi and third-place finisher Lin Wen-hong will compete in tournaments in Japan, while Chang Ze-peng, who took second place, chose to compete in a US tournament, a spokesman for the association said.
Wintek Corp president Huang Hsien-hsiung is providing funding for food, travel and living expenses.