American Berry Henson is all primed up for the $300,000 Solaire Open firing off on March 13 at The Country Club in Laguna, hoping to re-display the form that netted him the Philippine Open crown in his rookie year in 2011.
“Obviously I’m looking forward to getting back to Manila because that’s where I won my first Asian Tour title,” said Henson, referring to his PH Open feat in 2011 where he nipped local ace Jay Bayron by one in a thrilling final round duel.
“All in all, 2013 was a good year but there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” said the 34-year-old Henson, who expressed confidence of winning several events this season starting with the Solaire Open.
He will contend with a host of Asian Tour stars, including two-time Order of Merit winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, defending champion Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei, Thailand’s Prom Meesawat and local aces three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que and back-to-back ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour OOM champion Tony Lascuña.
Henson’s last victory on the region’s premier circuit came at the Philippine Open and he is hopeful of returning to the winner’s circle after finishing tied 19th on the 2013 Order of Merit where he missed only two cuts in 19 appearances.
Meesawat, meanwhile, will continue his long awaited search for a second Asian Tour title in the upcoming blue-ribbon event sponsored by Solaire Resort and Casino.
The Thai ace was denied victories on two occasions in 2013 when he was defeated by China’s Liang Wen-chong and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez in a play-off at the Manila Masters and Hong Kong Open, respectively.