Pratt gears up for Myanmar Open defence

Australia’s Kieran Pratt will be in exciting but unfamiliar territory as he defends a title for the first time at the US$300,000 Zaykabar Myanmar Open from February 21 – 24.

Last year, Pratt birdied the 2nd hole of a three-way playoff with fellow Australian Adam Blyth and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat after the trio finished at 15-under par after regulation play, collecting $47, 550 for his first professional victory on a major tour.

Kieran Pratt Kieran Pratt (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Pratt will be joined in the 2013 field by Scott Hend, who was one shot shy of the playoff in a tie for 4th last year, and a strong contingent of Australians including Qualifying School graduates Matthew Stieger, Jake Higginbottom, Matt Jager, Adam Groom and David Lutterus.

2012 Order of Merit winner and World No. 73 Thaworn Wiratchant from Thailand will headline the field and look to continue his outstanding 2012 form, which was recently rewarded with his first invitation to The Masters Tournament at Augusta National in April.

The tournament heralds the start of the Asian Tour for 2013 and will be followed by a solid stretch of tournaments through to early April before the tour takes a one week break.