#PanasonicOpenIndia-Contenders

Tue 29 Nov 2016

#PanasonicOpenIndia-Contenders

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New Delhi, November 29: The Panasonic Open India is celebrating its sixth consecutive edition on the Asian Tour this week. Let us look ahead to see who will likely contend at the venerable Delhi Golf Club.
Chiragh Kumar (Ind) – Defending champion
Kumar is defending a title for the first time in his career. His three-shot triumph over Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant and Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh in 2015 is the biggest winning margin ever at the Panasonic Open India. Kumar had earlier eased the pressure of retaining his Tour card for 2017 following a tied-fourth result in Manila, which propelled him to 40th place on the current Order of Merit. He will be defending his title on his home course.
OOM: 40th
Chikkarangappa S. (Ind)
Chikkarangappa was one of the pair who represented India at the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne last week. He is enjoying his best season so far on the Asian Tour where he claimed four top-10s, including three over the last two months. The young Indian is tipped to break into the winners’ circle in time to come.
OOM: 27th
Liang Wen-chong (Chn)
Liang holds the course record at the Delhi Golf Club. He had shot a 12-under-par 60 in the opening round of the Indian Open held at the Delhi Golf Club in 2008. It is the best 18-hole score that he has had in his career so far. He is returning to India for the first time since his memorable victory this week. Liang was the first Chinese to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2007.
OOM: 51st
Shubhankar Sharma (Ind)
Sharma enjoyed a recent top-five finish in Manila as he broke into top-60 on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, putting himself in prime position to secure his full Tour card for 2017. He has enjoyed two top-five finishes in his last three starts at the Panasonic Open India. Says he has a close affinity with the Delhi Golf Club.
OOM: 58th
Prayad Marksaeng (Tha)
Prayad, one of Thailand’s most successful golfers, is a nine-time winner on the Asian Tour. He claimed his ninth victory on the Asian Tour at the 2015 Queen’s Cup at the age of 49. He started to play on the Japan Senior Tour this year and has won four times since.
OOM: 38th