CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: The Contenders

Wed 01 May 2013

CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: The Contenders

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Asiantour.com looks at the likely contenders who will make an impact at this week's US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters which is the first event to be played in Indonesia this year.
Ernie Els (Rsa)
Els is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the game. Last year, he came from behind to win the 141st Open Championship in Royal Lytham & St Annes GC and finished ninth in the US Open Championship and tied second at the Volvo Golf Championship. The South African nicknamed the “Big Easy”,Els has more than 60 victories worldwide including two US Opens, two Open Championships, and a record seven World Match Play titles. The world number 24will be looking to add another win to his record at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters this week.
Darren Clarke (Nir)
Clarke will be hoping to make a winning debut at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters and make amends for missing the Masters Tournament in April. The 2011 Open Championship winner pulled a hamstring while playing tennis with his children in the Bahamas five weeks ago but is confident that he can return to his winning ways once the US$750,000 Asian Tour event gets underway.
 
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
Thongchai, holder of three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles and 13 Tour titles, finished tied sixth in Korea last week and hopes to carry the momentum into the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. He is wary of the strong challenges this week but believes he stands a good chance of winning this tournament. He has said, “I’m going to try to win it. I always enter a tournament with the thought that I can win. I guess that’s the key to my success so far.”
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Thaworn suffered a leg injury in Korea which forced him to retire from the final round. But he has declared himself fit again following a well-deserved rest and is ready to for another charge at winning his 16th Asian Tour title.
 
Scott Hend (Aus)
Hend will be hoping to live up to his billing as the highest-ranked player on the Asian Tour this week. The big-hitting Australian has always enjoyed playing in Asia with Indonesia holding fond memories for him after winning his maiden title here in 2008. Having conjured another comeback act in Korea last week where he battled back into contention after staring at the prospect of missing the weekend cut, Hend is ready to set himself apart from the rest of the star-studded field with a performance befitting of his status.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
Lahiri got his year off to a flying start with his third Asian Tour win on home soil again and will be eager to prove that he can find similar success outside of home. He uncharacteristically missed the cuts in Malaysia in March and again in Korea last week. The CIMB Niaga Indonesia Masters presents another opportunity for him to make amends and show that he can match up against the big boys once more.