Jbe’ chases maiden win in Asia

Jbe’ Kruger will be in focus this week as six of the top 10 players from the Asian Tour Order of Merit tee it up in the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club from Wednesday.

The 25-year-old from Bloemfontein is presently fourth on the rankings after a string of impressive performances: He was equal seventh at the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea, third in the ICTSI Philippine Open and fifth at the recent Queen’s Cup in Thailand. He also produced a top 10 at the Italian Open on the European Tour.

With three runner-up finishes last season which helped him to 19th place on the rankings, Kruger is eager to get onto the winner’s podium on the Asian Tour after his close misses over the past two years.

“Form is on my side. It has been on my side the last few months. I just need to get the putter into decent shape and I’m going to win. It definitely gives me experience and it definitely helps me contend week in and week out and it helps me to be mentally stronger than I used to be,” said Kruger.

He is the only player currently ranked in the top five of the Order of Merit without a win on the Asian Tour.

He will have the man from Dhaka, Bangladesh to contend with: Siddikur has been in tremendous form since winning the Brunei Open last season. He has made 15 consecutive cuts on the Asian Tour, highlighted by five top 10s since last year.

Kruger will have South African company in the form of Peter Karmis, who won the Handa Singapore Classic in 2010, as well as James Kamte, who won the Asian Tour International in Thailand in 2009.

Tjaart van der Walt and Jaco Ahlers are also in the field, and Sunshine Tour veteran Adilson Da Silva of Brazil gets back into action in Asia.

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