#PanasonicOpenIndia: The Contenders

Wed 04 Nov 2015

#PanasonicOpenIndia: The Contenders

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November 4: This week we pick the top contenders who will most likely contend at the US$400,000 Panasonic Open India.
Mithun Perera (Slk)
The Sri Lankan has done well at the Delhi Golf Club in recent years as the tree-lined course suits his sharp-shooting game. Last year’s Panasonic Open India was a huge learning experience for him as he played in the final group for the first time in his career and lost in a play-off to settle for tied second place.
OOM: 17th
Last 5 finishes: T35, T24, T63, T33, T52
Rashid Khan of India Rashid Khan of India
Rashid Khan (Ind)
Rashid will use his home course advantage to good use this week. He won his first Asian Tour title at the Delhi course last year and hopes to claim his third victory this week. He finished in 10th place last year at the Panasonic Open India and the result gave him the confidence to go on and win in Chiangmai in the following week.
OOM: 25th
Last 5 finishes: T77, T8, T80, T3, T52
Siddikur Rahman (Ban)
Siddikur has enjoyed many great results at the Delhi Golf Club, most notably when he won the 2013 Hero Indian Open for his second Asian Tour title. The Bangladeshi has been struggling with a back injury in recent times but a return to his favourite hunting ground will bring out the best in him.
OOM: 28th
Last 5 finishes: T18, T17, T42, T7, T68
Chiragh Kumar (Ind)
Chiragh enjoyed a return to form when he contended at the Venetian Macao Open three weeks ago. He finished tied second for his best result since his runner-up result at the 2011 Hero Indian Open. After successfully earning an Asian Tour card for next year, Chiragh is expected to shine this week on his home course.
OOM: 29th
Last 5 finishes: T2, T117, T42, T28, T28
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind)
The Indian is a five-time Asian Tour winner but surprisingly, none of his wins have come on home soil. This will be a good week for him to taste success in front of his home crowd and increase his winning tally on the Asian Tour.
OOM: 44th
Gaganjeet Bhullar of India Gaganjeet Bhullar of India
Last 5 finishes: T13, T17, T22, T23, T38
Rahil Gangjee (Ind)
It has been 11 long years since Rahil won on the Asian Tour. He came close to winning the Panasonic Open India last year but was defeated by S.S.P. Chawrasia in a three-way play-off which also included Mithun Perera. He plans to avoid another heart break this year by contending for the title again.
OOM: 52nd
Last 5 finishes: T18, T55, T69, T52, T68
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
The battle hardened veteran, who holds an unprecedented 18 Asian Tour titles, is going through an uncharacteristic poor run of form as he only has one top-10 result so far this year. But expect the two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner to bounce again.
OOM: 56th
Last 5 finishes: T109, T36, T51, T14, T63