Dubai Open - The Contenders

Tue 16 Dec 2014

Dubai Open - The Contenders

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Prom Meesawat (Tha)
As the highest ranked Asian Tour player in the field, the burly Prom will be expected to contend at the inaugural Dubai Open. However, the Thai is still nursing a sore back which forced him to withdraw from the Bank BRI Indonesia Open two weeks ago. He won in Taipei in September and has registered five other top-10s to be ranked third on the Order of Merit. Needs a win this week to get to number two and qualify for the WGC-Cadillac Championship next year.
OOM Ranking: 3rd
Last five finishes: T75, Wdn, T9, T3, T28
Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
Angelo Que (Phi)
The Filipino star has enjoyed his career best season in 2014 and a win in Dubai will be the icing on the cake. Contended at the Solaire Open on home soil earlier in the year but a mind-boggling 12 early on in the final round saw him fall out of contention. Bounced back strongly in the second half of the season with four top-10s, including an impressive runner-up finish at the Hong Kong Open and tied eighth outing at the PGA Tour-co sanctioned CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Shot a final round 64 to earn his Japan Tour card last week. Nicknamed the Human Highlighter for his bright and colourful sense of dressing.
OOM Ranking: 6th
Last five finishes: T54, T88, T8, T32, T2
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
Veteran Thaworn continues to defy Father time. Won the Queen’s Cup and King’s Cup on home soil this season to raise his career tally to a record 18 wins, five more than second placed Thongchai Jaidee. Turns 48 later this month but continues to play some wonderful golf.  Keeps fit by running in the early mornings and continues to have one of the best short games on Tour.
OOM Ranking: 7th
Last five finishes: T45, 1, T9, T66, T25
Rashid Khan of India Rashid Khan of India
Rashid Khan (Ind)
The 23-year-old has been one of the season’s revelations, winning twice at the SAIL-SBI Open on home soil in the first tournament of the year and then the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT against a field which included Major champions Charl Schwartzel and Jason Dufner.  He did not play in Thailand last week and will be expected to contend at The Els Club Dubai and aim to become the only player to win three titles this season.
OOM Ranking: 10th
Last five finishes: T13, 56, 1, 10, Rtd
Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)
Fleetwood will be aiming for a strong finish where he needs a 16th place or better to break into the world’s top-50 and qualify for the Masters Tournament. Comes to Dubai on the back of a fourth place finish at the Thailand Golf Championship and will be expected to shine with his quality where he has won once on the European Tour. Posted successive runner-up finishes in Europe in October.
World Ranking: 52nd
Last five finishes: 4, T14, T12, T32, T24.
Darren Clarke (NIR)
The slender Ulsterman will be hoping to shine in the Dubai Open to end his 2014 campaign on a high note. Since winning his first Major at the 2011 Open Championship, Clarke has not been able to reproduce his winning form but can be expected to bring out his best game at the Els Club Dubai.
Last five finishes: T50, T64, MC, MC, T65
Paul Peterson of USA Paul Peterson of USA
Jyoti Randhawa (Ind)
The former Asian Tour number one has enjoyed a resurgence this season, enjoying three top-10s and three top-15s. Came close at the Chiangmai Golf Classic where he finished tied second behind countryman Rashid Khan.
Order of Merit ranking: 17th
Last five finishes: MC, T7, MC, T2, T15
Paul Peterson (USA)
The left-handed rookie has enjoyed a fine season with several top-10s including recent joint fourth outings at the Resorts World Manila Masters and King’s Cup. Also finished tied 10th at last week’s Thailand Golf Championship.
Order of Merit ranking: 21st
Last five finishes: T10, T49, T4, T4, T16