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Stephen Dodd seeking season turn around

Britain's Stephen Dodd will be searching for a missing link at the Indonesian Open this week.

Dodd captured the China Open and Irish Open titles last year before partnering Bradley Dredge to Wales's first World Cup victory since 1987.

However, the world number 92 has struggled to hit the same heights this year, his best finish being a share of 24th place at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in January.

"My form so far hasn't been great but your year is based on the whole season and not the first month or two," Dodd told reporters on the eve of Thursday's first round at the Emeralda Golf and Country Club in Jakarta.

A slight adjustment in his set-up, moving the ball back in the stance, seemed to bring an improvement on the practice range for the highest-ranked competitor at the Open.

After a disappointing display in the pre-tournament pro-am, however, Dodd said: "It's back to the drawing board".

"It is a totally different experience playing in Asia," said the 39-year-old.

"The greens are totally different to back home but the weather is the main difficulty for us as it is so hot and humid and it is difficult to adjust."

Asian number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand will be defending the title he won 12 months ago.

"I do not see myself as the defending champion when I play as I don't want to put extra pressure on myself," said Thaworn.

"I would like to think I am just like any other golfer in the field doing their best and that is what I will do."

The Asian challenge is bolstered by Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, winner of the Malaysian Open in 2004 and 2005, and South Korean Charlie Wi, who denied Thongchai a title treble in Kuala Lumpur two weeks ago.

This week's $1 million tournament is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

March 2, 2006

 




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