Anton Haig has returned to professional golf, and the first stop on his route to redemption is the Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic, which plays out over Angkor Golf Resort this week.
ÂI have been working very intensively on my golf swing, overall game, health, physique and a disciplined, professional approach to my lifestyle for over two months now. I am healthy and really enthusiastic about my professional future in golf,Â said Haig. ÂI want to compete at the very highest level in the game and with my top class team, I believe that I can. Consequently, I have developed a five-year plan with my team targeted at my success.Â
Haig was no stranger to success Â he has won four times worldwide, and in 2007 at the age of 20, he took victory at the Johnnie Walker Classic, despite the field including Retief Goosen and Ernie Els.
ÂIn respect to my tour wins in 2006 and 2007, I do think that the public might reflect that I was only 20 years old when I won the Johnnie Walker Classic. I was young and have had to grow up with the media spotlight on me for most of the time thereafter. It is undoubtedly complicated to grow up whilst trying to compete at the highest level and I found it difficult to play my best golf with so many off course distractions, both commercial and social,Â said Haig, who is managed now by Titanium Sports Group and coached by Adam McKinlay.
That meteoric rise certainly carried plenty of pressure, and he soon felt the effects Â through 2009 and 2010 his game declined and he eventually retired from professional golf in 2011.
ÂThe break from the game in 2011 did me so much good, and I believe that, with my team in place, the future looks so very promising. I am ready to play seriously and to compete at the highest possible level. I intend to give my golf career my total, more mature and wholly professional focus, both mentally and physically,Â he said.
Fortunately for Haig, the game of golf does not let one go that easily, and he has returned to the fairways of Asia this week in high spirits as he starts along the road to redemption.
ÂThe Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic is my first major tournament of my comeback and I expect to play well. I do not enter tournaments unless I think I can do well in them. I want to commit to playing golf in Asia as much as I can in 2012.Â He said.