Karmis to play in Myanmar

Peter Karmis this week goes boldly where not many South African professional golfers have gone before as he plays in the Asian Tour’s Zaykabar Myanmar Open.

Myanmar’s national championship will return to the Asian Tour Schedule after a year’s lapse as a S$300,000 full field Asian Tour event which will be staged at the highly-rated Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club from February 2-5.

It was inaugurated in 1996 and the list of champions includes illustrious names such as three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, countryman Boonchu Ruangkit, American Anthony Kang, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Keng-chi and Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka who won the event in 2010.

Karmis, who won the Handa Singapore Classic in 2010 on the Asian Tour, won’t be the first South African golfer to visit the country which is in the difficult process of constitutional reform: James Kingston won it in 2000.

Defending champion Hiratsuka romped to an astounding 10-shot victory in 2010, and that acted as a springboard to an exceptional year where he won two other tournaments to finish fifth on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.

Karmis is one of 40 Asian Tour champions who will be in the field, and that number includes six of last season’s winners – Chan Yih-shin of Chinese Taipei, India’s Himmat Rai, Finland’s Joonas Grandberg, American Berry Henson and Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

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