The Volvo Asian Matchplay is one of the few opportunities Asian PGA players have to play the format during the year. It is widely played at amateur and international levels, but stroke play remains the norm in professional golf. Even so, the sudden-death format of matchplay remains a favourite among professionals. Des Terblanche, last year's winner of the event in the Philippines, said he enjoyed the format as he had played so much of it as an amateur and a junior. The burly South African said he could use his size to his advantage on par fives. 'It's like a little war. You can take a lot more chances and it doesn't really matter who you play. It's more what they play like on that particular day. The thing is you have to be a little bit consis tent and force the other guy to make mistakes,' Terblanche said. Shenzhen resident Cheng Jun, China's number two, made it to the quarter-finals last year before bowing out to eventual finalist Brett Partridge. He said the beauty of matchplay was the chance to recover after a bad hole. 'I have played nine holes of the Jumbo Ozaki layout so I have a rough idea of what to expect. It's a nice course. So many of my friends will be coming to watch and, although it puts a little bit of pressure on me, their cheering and support should make me feel better.' Chris Williams, winner of two Omega events this year, said he had not played matchplay in 12 years and had no idea how he would fare. He automatically qualified by winning the Volvo Masters of Malaysia in August. 'It's the end of the year and it is a relaxing event but not in the way that you don't care. It's good money and there is everything to play for,' Williams said. 'There is also a lot of personal pride as a lot of good players are in the event and to beat them will result in a good feeling.' Rising Indian star Arjun Atwal finished 21st on the Merit of Order and only received a call to play in the matchplay last year after he had returned home. 'I played a lot of matchplay as an amateur and like the format.' Omega Tour veteran Gerry Norquist qualified in each of the first three years but played last year for the first time, losing to Felix Casas in the first round. 'He beat me one-up on the last hole but I enjoyed it. We have all played matchplay as amateurs and you just try to play the best golf you can. It's nice to know you can throw a hole away if you have to take a chance.'