Hong Kong Open: The Contenders

Thu 16 Oct 2014

Hong Kong Open: The Contenders

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Hong Kong, October 16: The Hong Kong Open, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, will host an elite field at the Hong Kong Golf Club. Ernie Els and the Asian Tour stars aim to stop title holder Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain from winning a fifth Hong Kong Open title. AsianTour.com takes a look at the likely contenders this week.
Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP)
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain
Jimenez won his fourth Hong Kong Open title last year and is aiming to become the first player to win the US$1.3 million showpiece for an unprecedented fifth time this week. If he wins, he will also be the first player to win the event for three consecutive years. He was also the Vice-Captain of the triumphant 2014 European Ryder Cup Team.
OWGR: 36th
Ernie Els (RSA)
Els is a Honorary Member and International Ambassador of the Asian Tour and he will make his first appearance in the country since playing in the 1996 Alfred Dunhill Masters. The Hong Kong Open will be the start of his Asian swing where he will next travel to Macau, Malaysia and China. He has three top-10s so far this year and is looking for his first win in 2014.
OWGR: 51st
David Lipsky (USA)
Lipsky won his biggest career title at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland last month. He has three top-10 results and one win on the Asian Tour so far this year and is gunning for a win at the Hong Kong Open where he placed tied 12th last year.
OOM: 1st
Anirban Lahiri (IND)
The talented Indian hopes to narrow the gap on Merit leader David Lipsky with a fine performance at the Hong Kong Open. He enjoyed his best result in last year’s edition when he placed tied 12th and admits that he is feeling more comfortable playing at the Fanling course. He has one win
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
and five other top-10 results this year.
OOM: 2nd
Prom Meesawat (Tha)
Prom aims to make amends for last year’s play-off defeat to Miguel Angel Jimenez. The Thai was defeated in three play-offs in 2013 but buried his demons when he won his second Asian Tour title at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Chinese Taipei last month.
OOM: 6th
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
Kiradech needs a big week at the Hong Kong Open as he currently lies in ninth position on the Order of Merit. The reigning Order of Merit champion hopes to qualify for the WGC-HSBC Champions and CIMB Classic, where the cut-off date is on October 20. The leading 10 and four players on the Order of Merit will qualify for the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions respectively.
OOM: 9th