Mamat delighted to be home

Mardan Mamat is relishing the return of the SMBC Singapore Open as it will give him another opportunity to play on home soil and reinforce his status as Singapore's number one golfer.

Mamat turned professional in 1994 however his enthusiasm and desire to win still appears to be as strong as ever.

"It’s nice to have our National Open back on our schedule after three years. My preparations have been very good and I just had my practice rounds where the game’s shaping up really well," he said ahead of Thursday.

"I'm sure there'll be lots of expectations from the home crowd but I'm old enough to know how to handle these kind of pressure."

If the five time Asian Tour winner is to triumph this week he will have to be at his very best as the tournament has attracted a strong field.

Mamat will have to fend off the challenges of world number one Jordan Spieth of the United States as well as a host of other promising young talents that include world number 26 Byeonghun An of Korea and Asian Tour winners Danthai Boonma of Thailand and Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines.