#MMO: The Contenders

Tue 03 Feb 2015

#MMO: The Contenders

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Kuala Lumpur, February 3: Our 2015 Asian Tour season begins at this week’s Maybank Malaysian Open. We take a look at the elite field and predict some of the top contenders at this week’s US$3 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Victor Dubuisson (Fra)
The Frenchman is the highest ranked player in the field as he sits in 15th place on the Official World Golf Ranking. He is in good form heading into the Maybank Malaysian Open following a tied fourth result in Abu Dhabi earlier this year.
OWGR: 15th
Graeme McDowell of Nothern Ireland Graeme McDowell of Nothern Ireland
Graeme McDowell (Nir)
Following a top-10 result in Dubai last week, the easy-going McDowell hopes to put on a good show at the Maybank Malaysian Open. Known as one of the finest shot makers in the game, McDowell is a multiple Ryder Cup winner and he was part of Team Europe who tied with Team Asia in the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia last year.
OWGR: 20th
Lee Westwood (Eng)
Westwood will defend his title at the Maybank Malaysian Open and aim for a third victory in the prestigious event. He is in fine form after winning his 42nd career victory in Thailand in December last year and enjoyed a top-10 result in Dubai last week. With a superb record in Asia, Westwood is expected to shine again this week.
OWGR: 30th
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
The Thai won back-to-back Malaysian Open titles in 2004 and 2005 and is a popular figure in Malaysia. He was the Asian Team Captain for the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia last year and played an important role in helping his team secure a dramatic 10-10 tie against Team Europe. He comes into this week on the back of a tied 35th and tied 23rd results in the Middle East.
OWGR: 37th
David Lipsky of the USA David Lipsky of the USA
David Lipsky (Usa)
The Korean-American begins his reign as Asian Tour number one following an impressive 2014 season where he won once and secured three other top-10 results. His best finish at the Maybank Malaysian Open was tied third in the 2012 showpiece.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
Ranked 73rd in the world, Anirban Lahiri is pushing hard to break into the top-50 a week prior to The Masters Tournament to qualify for the year’s first Major championship in April. He enjoyed a fantastic 2014 season, winning twice and contending for the Order of Merit crown before finishing second. He has a good track record at the Maybank Malaysian Open where he finished tied 10th last year.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
Kiradech won the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open in style before claiming the Asian Tour Order of Merit crown. He struggled early last year but hit top form towards the end of the season. He is a fan favourite in Malaysia for his go-for-broke style of play.