Asians get chance to tame Tiger

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 May, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 May, 2000, 12:00am

Asia's top players, including the prolific Kang Wook-soon of Korea and Hong Kong-based Kyi Hla Han, will be shooting for the chance to go head to head with world number one Tiger Woods when they compete in the region's only team competition in October.

Organisers confirmed yesterday that the Asian Nations Cup on Cheju Island, Korea, from October 19 to 22 will double up as the regional qualifying round for December's new-look US$3 million EMC World Cup, which now forms part of the lucrative World Golf Championship series.

Woods and Mark O'Meara won the World Cup for the United States in Kuala Lumpur last year and three Asian teams will qualify to take on the world's top pairings in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December.

Two-man teams from all over Asia will tee off in the Asian Nations Cup at the highly acclaimed Pinx Golf Club on Cheju Island, which is Korea's main honeymoon and vacation destination.

Korea lifted the inaugural event in Malaysia last year with the team of Kang, who won his sixth title on the Asian PGA on Sunday with a home victory in the Maekyung LG Fashion Open, and Kim Wan-tae prevailing over a strong field at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club.

Hong Kong, represented by Tour regular Dominique Boulet and former number one Yau Sui-ming, finished in 11th spot in the first Asian Nations Cup.