CGC-The Contenders

Tue 11 Nov 2014

CGC-The Contenders

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Chiangmai, Thailand, November 10: Asiantour.com takes a look at the likely contenders for the second edition of the US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT this week.
Jason Dufner (USA)
Jason Dufner will make his debut at the 2014 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT. He won his first Major title at the 2013 PGA Championship when he defeated Jim Furyk of the United States by two shots. His victory was highlighted by a second round 63 which tied the record for all-time lowest round in a Major.
Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR): 32nd
Form Guide: T10, T26, T23, WD, T66
Charl Schwartzel (RSA)
As a man who has earned his private pilot’s licence, he was certainly flying high in April 2011 when he won the Masters Tournament for his first Major Championship title. He is only the second player to win three consecutive Sunshine Tour Order of Merit titles between 2005 (the year he won his first European Tour title, the Dunhill Championship on home soil) and 2007. He is no stranger in Thailand as he won the 2012 Thailand Golf Championship. He will be aiming for a successful debut at the 2014 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT.
OWGR: 27th
Form Guide: T64, T19, T15, MC, T12
Noh Seung-yul (KOR)
Noh cemented his place in Asian golf history by becoming the youngest winner of the Asian Tour Order of Merit at the age of 19 years and 204 days in 2010. He won the Maybank Malaysian Open by beating countryman and idol K.J. Choi with an audacious birdie at the 72nd hole and went on to post one runner-up finish at the Iskandar Johor Open and three other top-10s. Noh burst onto the Asian Tour scene in 2008 and made an immediate impact by winning his first title at the Midea China Classic in his rookie year. In 2014, Noh made a breakthrough in the United States by winning his first PGA Tour title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April.
OWGR: 91st
Form Guide: T39, 2, T23, T9, T53
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
Kiradech is one of the most exciting young players to emerge from Thailand. In 2013, he defeated a host of stars including Major winners Charl Schwartzel and Padraig Harrington to win the Maybank Malaysian Open. He went on to showcase his immense talent when he eclipsed some of the PGA Tour biggest stars at the CIMB Classic by finishing third. Kiradech ended the 2013 season in sensational fashion when he was crowned the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, thanks to one victory and five other top-five finishes. He was also part of Team Asia at the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM held in Malaysia earlier this year.
Order of Merit (OOM):  14th
Form Guide: T37, T11, T10, MC, MC
Scott Hend (Aus)
Scott Hend, one of the most successful international golfers on the Asian Tour, will defend his title at the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT this year. He won the event in sensational style when he overcame a six-shot deficit to win the inaugural event by three shots. The victory provided him with the impetus to win two more events in Chinese Taipei and Macau to end a sensational 2013 season in second place on the Order of Merit. In 2014, he claimed his sixth Asian Tour victory and first European Tour title at the Hong Kong Open where he defeated Angelo Que of the Philippines in a play-off.
OOM:  6th
Form Guide: T2, 1, MC, T53, MC
Antonio Lascuna (Phi)
Antonio is one of the most consistent players on the Asian Tour. He endured several near-misses for his maiden Asian Tour victory in 2014 where he claimed four top-three finishes. So far, he has only missed one cut in 14 starts this season. In 2013, Antonio enjoyed a good season with three top-10s at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, Venetian Macau Open and Indonesia Open, along with six other top-20s. He has also won multiple titles on the domestic circuit, including a maiden Asian Development Tour win on home soil in 2014, which will make him one of the favourites at the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT.
OOM:  7th
Form Guide: T69, T71, T26, MC, T2
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
Thaworn Wiratchant claimed an unprecedented 17th Asian Tour victory at the 2014 Queen’s Cup where he overturned a five-shot deficit to win by one over compatriot Poom Saksansin, lifting the Queen’s Cup trophy for the second time in three years. He also recorded two other top-10 finishes so far this season. The Thai veteran is also a two-time Order of Merit winner on the Asian Tour.
OOM:  15th
Form Guide: T25, 7, T41, T4, T36
Prom Meesawat (Tha)
Prom secured a long-awaited second Asian Tour victory when he defeated Filipino Miguel Tabuena on the second play-off hole at the 2014 Yeangder TPC. It ended a frustrating wait for another title following his maiden triumph at the SK Telecom Open in Korea in 2006. He endured several near-misses in 2013 when he lost in two play-offs at the Resorts World Manila Masters and Hong Kong Open. He registered two other top-10s in the 2013 season to finish in eighth place on the Order of Merit. Also finished tied eighth in the recent CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
OOM:  3rd
Form Guide: T8, T2, T20, T19, T36
Mithun Perera (Slk)
Mithun came close to winning his maiden Asian Tour title at the Panasoninc Open India last week where he lost in a three-way play-off against India's Rahil Gangjee and S.S.P Chowrasia, who eventually won the event. He also claimed a top-10 finish at the season-opening SAIL-SBI Open in India earlier in the year. Mithun finished tied-20th at the 2013 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT.
OOM: 44th
Form Guide: T2, T53, MC, MC, T46