"2015 Stars to Watch: Lipsky, Lahiri, Prom, Que"

Wed 21 Jan 2015

"2015 Stars to Watch: Lipsky, Lahiri, Prom, Que"

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Kuala Lumpur, January 21: As the new Asian Tour’s 2015 season looms, asiantour.com takes a peek at some of the potential stars to watch out for this year. Today, we focus on David Lipsky, Anirban Lahiri, Prom Meesawat and Angelo Que. Stay tuned throughout the week as we continue to give you an insight of the Stars to Watch in 2015.
David Lipsky (USA)
The Korean-American won the Order of Merit in emphatic style last year and he is expected to shine again in 2015. In only his third season on the Asian Tour, Lipsky has won two titles including the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. He is expected to ply his trade mainly in Europe but it is in Asia, especially in the co-sanctioned events, that we expect Lipsky to shine the most.
What can we expect:
With a text-book golf swing and a burning desire to excel, do not be surprised if Lipsky challenges for another victory in 2015. He is also exempted for The Open and WGC-Cadillac Championship in the U.S., courtesy of his status as the new Asian Tour number one and we believe Lipsky has the game to compete well and finish inside the top-20.
Current world ranking: 139th position
Predicted ranking at the end 2015: Top-100th
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
Prior to 2014, Lahiri’s three Asian Tour wins were achieved at the Delhi Golf Club on home soil. Last year, he won twice at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters and Venetian Macau Open and posted a string of other top 10s. He challenged for the Order of Merit title before settling for second place. Also earned an European Tour card through Qualifying School.
What can we expect:
With playing rights in Europe as well, Lahiri will now be eager to contend for a first title in Europe, although it could take him a while to settle down to the conditions in the continent. Thongchai Jaidee took time to settle down in Europe before winning in Wales and Sweden but Lahiri is certainly a different breed of golfers all together. He has already qualified for The Open Championship and will be aiming to better his best result of tied 31st achieved in his debut in 2012. Currently ranked 68th in the world, he will also be pushing for strong performances in the first quarter of the season to break into the world’s top-50 and qualify for The Masters Tournament in April.
Current world ranking: 68th position
Predicted ranking at the end of 2015: Top-50
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
Prom Meesawat (Tha)
Burly Prom secured his second Asian Tour title in 2014 at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei. The win was especially sweet for the Thai as his first Asian Tour win was eight years ago in Korea. He also battled through injuries in previous seasons and his win in Taipei was proof that the ‘Big Dolphin’ has finally put his injury concerns behind him.
What can we expect:
With a strong mind thanks to work done with a renowned sports psychologist, we expect Prom to contend for the 2015 Asian Tour Order of Merit crown after finishing third on the Merit list last year. If he maintains his current form, the Thai will win one or two tournaments in 2015 and potentially challenge for one of the co-sanctioned tournaments in February.
Current world ranking: 130th position
Predicted world ranking at end of 2015: Top-100
Predicted Asian Tour 2015 OOM position: Top-three
Angelo Que (Phi)
The effervescent Filipino enjoyed his career best season in 2014 despite not winning a tournament. He came close in Hong Kong, losing in a play-off and enjoyed a tied eighth at the PGA Tour co-sanctioned CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Finished eighth on the Order of Merit. Que believes work done with his coach , especially on the putting, has yielded the rewards and a free-swinging game will continue to see him amongst the leaderboard in 2015. We expect Angelo to win at least one tournament in 2015
Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
What can we expect:
Apart from another colourful treat from Que who earned the nickname Human Highlighter for his bright clothes last season, get ready to witness a lot of brave shots and birdies from him. He hit one of the best shots of the year at the final hole of the Hong Kong Open last season and we expect him to reproduce many of those especially when he’s in contention. We believe he will also contend in one of the co-sanctioned tournaments this season, perhaps at the inaugural Thailand Classic or Maybank Malaysian Open where the golf courses suit his big-hitting game.
Current world ranking: 231st
Predicted ranking at end of 2015: Top-100
Predicted Asian Tour 2015 OOM Position: Top-three