Lacking in competitive play but high in spirits, Angelo Que sets out for the Singapore International Thursday, looking for a strong start but bracing for a shaky launch in the first of two money-rich events in Singapore wrapping up the integrated 2020-2021 Asian Tour season.
Like majority of the 127-player field, Que had not much exposure to top-level tournaments since falling short to keep his Japan Golf Tour card with a 45th place finish in the Final Qualifying last month.
In fact, he practically had a couple of practice rounds at Southwoods before heading to Singapore for the $1 million championship, anew event on the Asian Tour schedule but tipped to generate interest since it is being hosted by the Tanah Merak Country Club’s Tampines course, considered among Singapore’s finest.
For Que and the rest of the bidders, the chance to simply tee up is a welcome one with the Tampines, together with the adjacent Garden course, undergoing significant work in recent years that made it more daunting and challenging.
Still, the long hitters may cash in on their length although the course has the capability to stretch to over 7,500 yards with water coming into play in half of the holes and lots of ground contours on fairways and around the greens to put the field’s short game in focus.
While he remains upbeat of his chances, Que is putting premium on putting, an aspect of his game he and swing coach Bong Lopez had tinkered and tried to polish before he left for Singapore.
The first round draw remained unavailable at presstime but Que is priming up for an early clash of power and iron play with the likes of Order of Merit winners Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand, India’s Shubhankar Sharma and Gavin Green of Malaysia along with multi-titled Shiv Kapur, also of India, and Chan Shih Chang of Taiwan and Thai Phachara Khongwatmai, who shared honors in the two Thailand events which marked the restart of the Asian Tour late last year after a 20-month hiatus due to pandemic.
Others in the fold are Wade Ormsby of Australia, Prom Meesawat of Thailand. Berry Henson of the US, Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, Janne Kaske of Finland, Richard Lee of Canada, Ben Leong of Malaysia, England’s Steve Lewton, Jyoti Randhawa of India, Charlie Wi of Korea, Gunn Charoenkul of Thailand, Malaysian Danny Chia and young turks Kim Joo Hyung of Korea and Ratchanon Chantananuwat.
The event also serves as a prelude to next week’s $1.2 million Singapore Open to be bannered by former world No. 3 Paul Casey of England.