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I'll do my best to win Asian Tour Order of Merit: Shubhankar

Press Trust of India  |  Hong Kong 

India's said he is looking to cement his position atop the Order Of Merit with another impressive show at the to be held from November 22 to 25.

The race to become Asia's number one is set to heat up when the USD 2 million event gets underway at the Hong Kong Club with more than 30 champions from over 15 countries expected to tee up.

Shubhankar leads the Habitat for Humanity standings by slightly more than USD 130,000 over second-placed Sanghyun Park of Korea and with the winner's purse worth USD 333,330, the claim for pole position is still wide open.

"I'll be playing Hong Kong and the next few events after that. So I'm looking forward to playing well now. It's high time. It's the end of the year now and I feel like I've to do my best to have a chance to win the Order of Merit and I'll try and do that," said the Indian.

Shubhankar enjoyed an outstanding season, wining his second title in and posting several impressive results globally. He had finished tied-10th at the last year.

"This year has been a huge learning curve for me. I've played in some of the biggest events I could ever imagine and learned a lot," said Shubhankar, who played in all four Majors this year and finished tied-ninth at the World Championships in

The 22-year-old Indian will have to fend off the challenges of several of his closest rivals including South Africa's Justin Harding, who has also enjoyed a standout season with two wins and two top-five finishes in only six starts on

The is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, and the Hong Kong Association. It also marks the start of the European Tour's 2019 Race to

The tournament will welcome the return of defending champion of and also feature reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed, 2017 Green Jacket winner as well as world number 10 of England.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 13:15 IST