Order of Merit race heats up

Mon 12 Oct 2015

Order of Merit race heats up

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Sentosa, Singapore, October 12: With only two weeks left before the cut-off date, players will have everything to play for as they vie to earn their places at the lucrative CIMB Classic in Malaysia and the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.
As of October 26, the leading four golfers from the Order of Merit will qualify for the US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions which will take place at the Sheshan International Golf Club from November 5 to 8 while the leading 10 players will qualify for the US$7 million CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from October 29 to November 1.
This week’s US$1 million Venetian Macao Open followed by the US$2 million UBS Hong Kong Open will offer players the opportunities to battle their way into contention for the Malaysian and Shanghai showpieces.
Shaun Norris of South Africa Shaun Norris of South Africa
South African Shaun Norris, who won the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) in Chinese Taipei on Sunday, has a chance to fight for a place at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and HSBC-WGC Champions in China after his maiden Asian Tour victory propelled him to 21st position on the Order of Merit.
“I wanted to play at the UBS Hong Kong Open this year because I wanted to bring my father, who grew up in Hong Kong for a bit. I was down the pecking order at the start of the week but now I don’t have to worry about it! I can tell my daddy to come visit me.
“The win has changed my schedule because I can now pick and choose what tournament I want to play in. The quality on the Asian Tour is phenomenal. The players are so good. For me to accomplish what I have done is a dream come true,” said the 33-year-old Norris, who came through the Qualifying School earlier in January.
Young Filipino talent Miguel Tabuena, who came in second, looked likely to secure his Asian Tour card for the 2016 season but will need another big week to have a chance of securing one of the 10 Asian Tour spots available for the CIMB Classic.
“The bigger goal was to win the Yeangder TPC and have a chance to qualify for the CIMB Classic but finishing second is not bad as well. It should secure my Asian Tour card for next year. I’m still proud of myself but I wished things were a bit different,” said the 20-year-old, who moved up to 26th place on the money list following his runner-up result.
Danny Chia of Malaysia Danny Chia of Malaysia
Malaysia’s Danny Chia, who won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters a fortnight ago, followed up his win with a top-10 finish at the Yeangder TPC to remain in eighth position on the Merit rankings. He had earlier earned a spot in the CIMB Classic by being the highest ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
Chia, currently ranked 214th in the world, will need another solid outing to break into top-four on the Asian Tour money list and qualify for the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai early next month.
“I am feeling very tired physically as I have played a series of tournaments for the last couple of months and haven’t had the chance to catch up on some rest. It has become very exciting since I won in Chinese Taipei last week. I will try my best to qualify for the WGC-HSBC Champions,” said the 42-year-old Malaysian.
Following the conclusion of the Yeangder TPC, India’s Anirban Lahiri continues to occupy the top spot on the Order of Merit with US$925,484, followed by Australian Andrew Dodt on US$377,136. S.S.P. Chawrasia of India is third with US$267,244.
Sitting on the bubble of qualifying for the CIMB Classic are American Paul Peterson, Singapore’s Mardan Mamat and Carlos Pigem of Spain, placed 11th, 12th and 13th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Asian Tour Order of Merit (Top-20)
Pos     Player                                              Order of Merit (US$)
1         Anirban LAHIRI (IND)                   925484.65
2         Andrew DODT (AUS)                    377136.13
3         S.S.P. CHAWRASIA (IND)            267244.46
4         Scott HEND (AUS)                         258781.66
5         Thongchai JAIDEE (THA)             232740.13
6         Richard T. LEE (CAN)                    220317.65
7         Cameron SMITH (AUS)                 203518.66
8         Danny CHIA (MAS)                        199613.86
9         Marcus FRASER (AUS)                  181299.77
10       Prayad MARKSAENG (THA)        180305
11       Paul PETERSON (USA)                  173052.08
12       Mardan MAMAT (SIN)                 146242.93
13       Carlos PIGEM (ESP)                      120034.52
14       Chapchai NIRAT (THA)                 115255
15       Jason KNUTZON (USA)                 113950.77
16       Nathan HOLMAN (AUS)               109776.65
17       Wade ORMSBY (AUS)                   109700
18       LIANG Wenchong (CHN)              108052.5
19       Mithun PERERA (SRI)                    107284.62
20       Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA)  104785.58
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