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Scrivener looking strong ahead of Thailand Classic

JASON Scrivener is one of ten Australians teeing it up in Thailand this week and form suggests he'll be right in the mix come Sunday.

JASON Scrivener will tee it up at the lengthy Black Mountain Golf Resort in the European Tour's Thailand Classic full of confidence following a solid display in his home state two weeks ago.

The West Australian finished third at the Perth International, two shots behind winner Louis Oosthuizen after shooting a pair of 69s over the weekend.

It has been a terrific start to the year for Scrivener who is currently sitting just outside the top 50 in the Race to Dubai rankings and is the fourth-highest Australian on the list.

Just one of the three Australians above Scrivener will be joining him at the Thailand Classic this week, Nathan Holman also enjoying a quality start to his rookie European Tour campaign after winning the Australian PGA Championship in December.

Holman’s most recent outing was at last week’s World Golf Championship event in Florida where he finished in a disappointing 56th position after shooting 10-over.

Prior to that Holman has managed to finish inside the top 35 in his last three tournaments including an outright eighth finish at the Malaysian Championship.

Another Australian to keep an eye on in Thailand is Scott Hend, who has a sparkling record on the Asian Tour with seven professional victories.

The big-hitting Queenslander will be able to let loose on the long par-5s, two of which are over 550 metres long, perhaps going one better than last year when he finished T2.

The man who beat Hend was fellow Australian Andrew Dodt, the Queenslander finishing at 16-under to win the inaugural event by one shot. The 30-year-old is back to defend his crown this week.

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The remaining Australians teeing it up at Black Mountain are Wade Ormsby, Adam Groom, Sam Brazel, Scott Barr, Richard Green and Terry Pilkadaris.

There will be a keen focus on the home grown talent, led by Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thailand’s most successful golfer, Thongchai Jaidee.

Aphibarnrat has played some good golf this season but has lacked consistency.

The 27-year-old finished fourth here last year and will be confident while hunting his fourth European Tour title.

Jaidee also knows how to get the job done with seven victories on the European Tour in his 17-year career.

The veteran will be aiming to go one better after joining Hend as a runner-up last year and he is in good shape to do so, after recording four top 50 finishes in his last six events.

Jaidee will be playing in the opening round's marquee group featuring entertaining Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Belgian Thomas Pieters.

Photo: Joey Ratcliffe

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