Indonesia Open: The Contenders

Tue 26 Nov 2013

Indonesia Open: The Contenders

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Jakarta, November 26: The Asian Tour heads to the US$750,000 Indonesia Open this week where an international mix of players from 22 countries will battle for world ranking points and the winner’s purse of US$135,000. AsianTour.com takes a look at the big guns who are likely to contend this week.
Retief Goosen (Rsa)
The South African has enjoyed a solid year after returning in January from a five-month layoff due a back surgery. A two-time winner at the US Open in 2001 and 2004, he has amassed over 40 professional titles since turning professional in 1990 and was in the top-10 in the Official World Golf Ranking for over 250 weeks between 2001 and 2007. Affectionately known as “The Iceman” due to his extremely calm demeanor, Goosen is no stranger to winning on the Asian Tour with four titles in the continent to his name.
Official World Golf Ranking: 269th
Pablo Larrazabal (Esp)
Spanish star Larrazabal is looking to finish his year on a high after impressive seasons in 2011 and 2012 when he recorded two European Tour wins and two runner-up finishes respectively. Turning professional in 2004, the Barcelonan’s three tour victories have all come on European soil, in Germany, France and Spain.
Official World Golf Ranking: 98th
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
The 43-year-old Thongchai is the highest ranked golfer from Southeast Asia on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and number two in Asia behind Japanese sensation, Hideki Matsuyama. One of the most consistent Asian players on tour, Thongchai, the only man to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns, made the cut in his last two Majors at the Open Championship and PGA Championship and recorded a top 10 finish recently in Switzerland at the Omega European Masters. He is looking forward to playing in Asia again, where he won the Indonesia Open four years ago.
Official World Golf Ranking: 48th
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 9th
Scott Hend (Aus)
Hend, ranked second on the Order of Merit, will make a welcome return to the venue where he won his first Asian Tour title in 2008. He went on to win four other titles on the region’s premier Tour which is celebrating its 10th season in 2013 including three victories this year.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 2nd
Liang Wen-chong (Chn)
China’s number one golfer, Liang Wen-chong, claimed his third title on the Asian Tour at the Resorts World Manila Masters two weeks ago where he donated half of his total winnings to victims suffering from the aftermath of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. He was the first Chinese to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2007.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 4th
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)
The 25-year-old Bhullar is a four-time winner on the Asian Tour. He enjoyed his career breakthrough on the region’s premier Tour in Indonesia in 2009 and is clearly excited about his return to the country that has brought him his maiden success.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 6th
Rory Hie (Ina)
Indonesia’s number one golfer, Rory Hie, who turned professional in 2008 after a successful amateur career, will take aim at claiming his maiden title on the Asian Tour this week. It will be a big week for Hie as he battles to earn an Asian Tour card for the 2014 season. He currently sits in 89th position on the Merit list and will need to finish inside the top-60 on the final Order of Merit to earn a card for next year.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 89th
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
Siddikur is the first Bangladeshi to play and win on the Asian Tour. He enjoyed his biggest career victory earlier this month when he won his second Asian Tour title at the 2013 Hero Indian Open held at his favourite golf course, the Delhi Golf Club.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 3rd
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
Thaworn sealed his 16th unprecedented Asian Tour title in Chinese Taipei in September. The Thai veteran claimed three victories in 2012 to become the oldest Order of Merit champion at the age of 45 years and 354 days on the Asian Tour. This week, he will be looking to boost his current ranking on the merit list where he is currently in 16th place after a season’s haul of $139,594. Thaworn has previously won the Indonesia Open in 2005.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 19th
Daniel Chopra (Swe)
Chopra earned his breakthrough in Asia when he won the Johor Open in Malaysia in 1993. It was his first victory a year since turning professional and since then, the 39-year-old , who is born to a Swedish mother and Indian father, has gone on to record a total of 14 victories including the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in 2001. While he is now focused on his career in the United States where he has won twice on the PGA Tour, Chopra is looking forward to returning to the region which has brought him much success.
Official World Golf Ranking: 403rd
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