BANK BRI IO - The Contenders

Tue 02 Dec 2014

BANK BRI IO - The Contenders

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December 2: This week asiantour.com takes a look at the likely contenders at the US$750,000 BANK BRI Indonesia Open.
David Lipsky (Usa)
The Korean-American will play in the final three Asian Tour events starting at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open. Currently at the top of the Order of Merit, Lipsky needs to defend a US$118,256 lead over runner-up Anirban Lahiri of India. It will be an intense battle between Lipsky and Lahiri but the 2014 Omega European Masters champion is determined to end the season as Asia’s number one.
OOM: 1st
Last five finishes: 57, T15, T56, 75, MC
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
The 27-year-old signalled his strong intentions to win the Order of Merit when he challenged for the King’s Cup in Thailand before finishing tied second. With three events remaining in the 2014 Asian Tour season, Lahiri is eager to pile the pressure on David Lipsky by winning the BANK BRI Indonesia Open. Expect him to be one of the top challengers this week.
OOM: 2nd
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
Last five finishes: T2, T28, T52, 1, MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)
Title holder Bhullar will return to defend his title after coming off a lengthy injury layoff. His last tournament was in September but a return to the BANK BRI Indonesia Open will bring back fond memories for the Indian who cruised to a three-shot victory last year.
OWGR: 381st
Last five finishes: T32, 63, MC, MC, 69
Padraig Harrington (Ire)
Multiple Major champion Harrington hopes to make a winning debut at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open. Having won three titles in Asia, the Irishman will put his experience to good use when he tees off against an elite field this week. He will be aiming to win his first title since 2012.
OWGR: 385th
Last five finishes: MC, T73, MC, T75, T47
Prom Meesawat (Tha)
Prom notched four top-10s in his last five Asian Tour appearances to lurk close to the Order of Merit summit. The Thai is playing some of his best golf since winning his second Asian Tour title at the Yeangder TPC in Chinese Taipei in September.
OOM: 3rd
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
Last five finishes: T9, 3, T28, T8, T2
Scott Hend (Aus)
Hend is no stranger to success in Indonesia having won one his first of six Asian Tour titles in the country. The big-hitting Australian won again in Hong Kong this year and is coming off the back of another top-10 finish in Manila two weeks ago.
OOM: 6th
Last five finishes: MC, T9, T16, T2, 1