Confident Chan gets ready for King’s Cup golf in Thailand

Thailand, AFP

KHON KAEN–Chan Yih-shin of Taiwan hopes his soaring confidence will bolster his bid for a successful title defense at the King’s Cup starting on Thursday.

Chan, won his maiden Asian Tour title after defeating Englishman Nick Redfern and Simon Yates of Scotland in a three-way play-off last year, will be eyeing a happy homecoming at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club.

He will contend with a bevy of Asian Tour stars including Thai legend Thaworn Wiratchant, a 12-time Asian Tour champion, Angelo Que of the Philippines, South African Peter Karmis, who won on the Asian Tour in September, and Singaporean Lam Chih Bing at the US$300,000 event. Chan has been a figure of consistency since his victory last year, notching three top-10s, and is placed 19th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. “It is great to be back to the venue where you won your first Asian Tour title. Winning last year is one of my fondest memories in my career and I’m glad to be back to try and defend my title,” said the 33-year-old.

“My confidence has been soaring since my win and I have been performing very well on the Asian Tour. I’m definitely playing better than last year but there are many good players here and I’m not going to get ahead of myself yet,” he added.

He believes the strong wind conditions will prove to be a tricky test for the players this week.

“This is a very tricky golf course and a good score will depend on the wind and some luck. The wind blows from different directions and if you are unlucky, you will get in trouble. Everyone has a chance to win here so I just need to concentrate on my own game,” said Chan.