DELHI : In-form Thai star Chawalit Plaphol will lead a cosmopolitan cast of champions when the Asian Tour heads to the SAIL-SBI Open this week.
Chawalit claimed his fourth title at the Myanmar Open last Sunday to emerge as one of the early favourites for the SAIL-SBI Open, which celebrates its sixth edition this year.
Over 25 other tour champions have signed up for the second tournament the 2013 schedule, which marks the Asian Tour's milestone 10th season since it was launched as a players' organisation in 2004.
Other top players heading to the Delhi Golf Club from March 6-9 include American Berry Henson, Sweden's Rikard Karlberg, who has won twice previously in India including the 2010 edition, Australian Darren Beck, big-hitting Scott Hend, Singapore's Mardan Mamat and Thailand's Chapchai Nirat, who shot a world record of 32-under-par 256 at the event in 2009.
All eyes will be on Chawalit following his superb victory over Sri Lanka's Mithun Perera in Yangon, where he needed two closing birdies to win the Myanmar title by one shot. The 38-year-old Thai believes the early-season victory will pave the way for a great year ahead.
"I'm happy but a first win in two years is not enough. I want to win more Asian Tour titles," Chawalit insisted.
"This win gives me more confidence to play on the Asian Tour."