2014 Reflections: Tour Stars

Tue 30 Dec 2014

2014 Reflections: Tour Stars

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Singapore, December 30: As 2014 draws to a close, we look back at some of the Asian Tour stars who sparkled in this amazing season.
David Lipsky (Usa)
The Korean- American was the toast in 2014 when he became the first Asian Tour member to win the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. Thanks to four other top-10s, Lipsky was crowned as the newest Asian Tour number one after holding off the strong challenge from Anirban Lahiri. A great feat for Lipsky, who announced his arrival on the Asian Tour two years ago when he won the Qualifying School.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
The talented Indian was one of the most consistent players in 2014. He won his first title outside of India at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters courtesy of a huge eagle putt on the 72nd hole. He went on to challenge for more honours and produced a gutsy performance at the Venetian Macau Open which he won despite trailing Scott Hend of Australia by four shots at one point in the final round. He was one of the front runners to pip David Lipsky before losing the race at the Thailand Golf Championship, which was the second last event on the Asian Tour. Despite his defeat, Lahiri still qualified for The Open in 2015 and earned an European Tour card through Qualifying School.
Prom Meesawat (Tha)
The Thai secured a long-awaited second Asian Tour title at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) in Chinese Taipei after defeating Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines on the second extra hole. The victory ended an eight-year title drought for Prom, who struggled with injuries after winning in Korea in 2006. Five other top-10s and his victory put him in prime position to challenge for the Order of Merit crown but he had to pull out from the BANK BRI Indonesia Open, the third final Asian Tour event of the year, because of an injury which subsequently dashed his chances of challenging for the prestigious crown.
Scott Hend (Aus)
The big-hitting Australia joined the pantheons of greats when he won the Hong Kong Open after defeating Angelo Que on the first play-off hole.
Scot Hend of Australia Scot Hend of Australia
Hend increased his tally to six Asian Tour victories, cementing his position as one of the most successful international golfers on the region’s premier Tour.
Cameron Smith (Aus)
The 21-year-old was one of the brightest prospects to emerge from Qualifying School. In his debut season on the Asian Tour, Smith posted seven top-10 results and missed only one cut in nine appearances! His most noteworthy performance came when he finished tied fifth at the lucrative CIMB Classic, an event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 
There seems to be no stopping the 48-year-old Thaworn Wiratchant, who seems to get better with age! The veteran sealed a Royal double when he won the Queen’s and King’s Cup to extend his winning record on the Asian Tour to 18.
Rashid Khan (Ind)
After coming close on so many occasions, Khan won his first Asian Tour title at the SAIL-SBI Open on home soil. The win pr
Rashid Khan of India Rashid Khan of India
opelled him to one of his finest seasons on the region’s premier Tour as he went on to secure his first title outside of India at the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT. He says that seeing a mental coach has helped him take his game to a higher level.
Mardan Mamat (Sin)
Lingering in the bottom half of the Order of Merit, Mardan changed his fortunes when he cruised to victory at the Resorts World Manila Masters for his fourth Asian Tour title. It was an important win for the Singaporean as he thought of quitting the game after posting poor results in the first half of the year.
Thanyakon Khrongpha (Tha)
The lanky Thai was unlucky not to win his first Asian Tour title in 2014. He battled bravely at the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT before losing to Rashid Khan in an epic duel. He was in contention at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open again, before a poor second shot found the watery grave. Despite his defeat, Padraig Harrington praised the young talent, whom he says was a player to lookout for in the future.
Angelo Que (Phi)
The three-time Asian Tour winner may not have won any titles this season but the affable Filipino certainly enjoyed a spectacular season, finishing a career high of sixth place on the Order of Merit. He had his legion of fans on the edge of their seats when he had one hand on the Hong Kong Open title, only to suffer a play-off defeat to Australia’s Scott Hend. A tied eighth finish in the
Wangg Jeung-hun of Korea Wangg Jeung-hun of Korea
cash-rich CIMB Classic followed by graduation honours at the Japan Golf Tour Qualifying School earlier this month capped a season to remember for the 36-year-old.
Wang Jeung-hun (Kor) 
The 19-year-old Wang proved to be one of the revelations of the season as he didn’t miss a single cut in 16 Asian Tour appearances. The lanky Korean posted four top-10 results with a runner-up finish at the Dubai Open being his best finish. He was in contention in the final event in 2014 but was denied victory when he bogeyed the last hole. He is definitely one to watch in the new season.
Ends.