Arjun Singh will continue his battle for his Asian Tour card when he tees up at the $ 300,000 Volkswagen Masters-China tournament on Thursday.
The 32-year-old Delhi golfer, who was 21st on the Tour in 2003, has been battling for full playing privileges for the last two years after coming back from a Lasik eye surgery.
Arjun, currently 65th on the Money list, needs to have a good outing here and has the Hero Honda Indian Open the following week to ensure a top-60 place on UBS Order of Merit to not only play the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia but also have a tour card for 2007 without needing to go to the Qualifying School.
There will only be four other Indians, as a majority of them have skipped the event to prepare for the Indian Open.
Amandeep Johl, 27th on the Money List, is the only Indian of the five sure of his card. Digvijay Singh is currently 93rd, Gurbaaz Mann, who was 17th last week at the Taiwan Open, is currently 109th, while Sujjan Singh was lucky to get a spot for the tournament.
Thailand's rising star Prom Meesawat is ready to ignite his bid to become Asia's number one with a victory here.
The talented Prom has great incentive to sparkle at the Yalong Bay Golf Club as he is paired with 2005 US Open champion Michael Campbell and European Tour star Phillip Price for the opening two rounds.
World number seven Retief Goosen of South Africa starts as favourite to retain his title, but Prom, 22, is hoping to upstage the big guns in what is the third edition of the Volkswagen Masters-China.