#DiamondCup - The Contenders

Wed 23 Sep 2015

#DiamondCup - The Contenders

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September 23: This week the Asian Tour heads to Japan for the Asia Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup. We take a look at the elite field and pick the players who we think will contend in the Y150 million (approximately US$1.2 million) event.
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind)
Chawrasia has three top-10 finishes so far this year with a runner-up result at the Hero Indian Open in February being his best. It was heartbreak
Richard T Lee of Canada Richard T Lee of Canada
for the Indian when he lost to Anirban Lahiri in the first play-off in his National Open but he can take pride in his consistent form this year.
OOM: 3rd
Last 5 finishes: T44, MC, MC, MC, T24
Richard T. Lee (Can)
Lee is one of the most consistent players on the Asian Tour this year. He finished inside the top-five on two occasions and capped a sixth place result at the Queen’s Cup in Thailand in June. He won his first Asian Tour title in 2014 and will be on the hunt for a second win at this week’s Asia Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup.
OOM: 6th
Last 5 finishes: MC, T6, T13, T35, WD
Japan's Hiroyuki Fujita lifting the Asia-Pacific Open Diamond Cup trophy. Photo courtesy of Japan Golf TourHiroyuki Fujita (Jpn)
The 46-year-old Fujita capped a wonderful win last year when he defeated Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, Jason Knutzon of the United States and S.K. Ho of Korea by two shots. A return to the venue of his win will be a huge confidence booster for the Japanese veteran, who has posted two tied fifth results in Japan this year.
OWGR: 199
Last 5 finishes: T58, T26, T9, T5, MC
Prayad Marksaeng (Tha)
At the age of 49, Prayad is not showing any signs of slowing down. He won his ninth Asian Tour title at the Queen’s Cup on home soil in June to become the joint third player with the most number of victories on the region’s premier Tour. He also triumphed at the Fukushima Open for his fourth career win in Japan and claimed two titles on the local circuit.
Ryon Ishikawa of Japan Ryon Ishikawa of Japan
OOM: 10th
Last 5 finishes: T11, 2, T36, T24, 1
Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn)
After playing in the United States for most of the season, Ishikawa returned to home soil to win the ANA Open last week. The immensely popular Japanese will be one of the headliners this week at the Asia Pacific Open Mitsubishi Diamond Cup.
OWGR: 148
Last 5 finishes: 1, T66, T31, MC, 10