Kim seeks first title in Asia

Anthony Kim of the United States will carry his new found confidence to the Iskandar Johor Open as he seeks to win the US$2 million event starting Thursday.

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Kim, one of the hottest prospects from America, will feature at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club with title holder Padraig Harrington of Ireland, 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Indian star Jeev Milkha Singh will spearhead the Asian challenge alongside Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines, the new Order of Merit leader, and Siddikur of Bangladesh in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

Kim, a three-time PGA Tour winner, hopes he can finally land a title in Asia after placing tied third at the CJ Invitational hosted by K.J. Choi in October and Barclays Singapore Open, which ended today (Monday).

"It's been good. I didn't know what to expect as far as my play. Fortunately, I've been able to find my game and confidence and that's the biggest difference out here," said Kim, whose parents were born in Korea.

"I am having more confidence and believing that my shots are going to go towards the pin and into the hole. As far as technique, nothing has changed. I did work the day before I came out to Asia. Hit a couple of solid iron shots which I've not been hitting and some fades with the driver which is nice," added the 26-year-old.

Kim knows a victory at the Iskandar Johor Open, which will be his last event for the year, will fuel his ambitions of breaking into the world's top-50 rankings where he currently lies in 81st place.

"That's the goal. I like to play the Majors which are obviously high on the list. I'm just trying to get better every single week. It seems to be happening. I just need to play better and hopefully have a chance to win this week," said Kim.

Camilo Villegas of Colombia, Colin Montgomerie of Scotland, S.S.P. Chowrasia of India and Danny Lee of New Zealand will also feature at the Iskandar Johor Open.

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