#PhilippineOpen: The Contenders

Wed 16 Dec 2015

#PhilippineOpen: The Contenders

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December 16: In the final event on the Asian Tour in 2015, we choose the top contenders who will likely challenge for the prestigious Philippine Open presented by ICTSI trophy.
Paul Peterson (Usa)
Paul is the highest ranked player in the elite field this week. He is also one of the most consistent players this season who is searching for a first Asian Tour victory. In 15 appearances, the American notched six top-10 results and missed only two cuts. The southpaw player is highly tipped to be among the front runners this week.
OOM: 5th
Last 5 finishes: T53, T9, T9, T11, T29
Jeunghun Wang of Korea Jeunghun Wang of Korea
Jeunghun Wang (Kor)
Wang will have a huge point to prove this week after being selected by Jeev Milkha Singh as the captain’s pick for Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM next year. The Korean finished third in Singapore earlier this year. He has one other top-10 result and finished inside the top-20 on eight occasions. He will be eager to repay the faith in Singh with a win this week.
OOM: 9th
Last 5 finishes: T15, T14, T12, 3, T67
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
The evergreen Thaworn, who turns 49 later this month, has come close to securing an unprecedented 19th Asian Tour title only to settle for second at the Panasonic Open India and Ho Tram Open in Vietnam. He missed several cuts early in the season but has enjoyed an impressive run towards the end of the 2015 season. He will be aiming to end the year on a winning note this week.
OOM: 12th
Last 5 finishes: T2, T39, 47, T2, MC
Mardan Mamat (Sin)
Mardan won his fifth Asian Tour title in Bangladesh earlier this year. He is on a mission to secure a second Philippine Open title after winning the event in 2012. This will be the final week for the Singaporean to score a victory and win more than once in a single season for the first time in his career.
OOM: 17th
Last 5 finishes: MC, T33, MC, MC, 74
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)
The talented Thai hopes to bounce back from a string of missed cuts in the last three Asian Tour events. He has two top-five results and one top-10 earlier this year and will be on a mission to claim his first Asian Tour victory this week.
OOM: 19th
Last 5 finishes: MC, MC, MC, T5, T24
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
Miguel Tabuena of Philippines Miguel Tabuena of Philippines
Miguel will carry the hopes of his nation at the Philippine Open presented by ICTSI. The last Filipino to win their National Open was Angelo Que in 2008. The talented youngster continues his search for a first Asian Tour win after finishing second in Chinese Taipei earlier this year for the second time in his career. He won at the Luisita Golf and Country Club on the local circuit and will be riding high on confidence this week.
OOM: 44
Last 5 finishes: MC, T44, T18, T30, MC
Juvic Pagunsan (Phi)
The 2011 Order of Merit champion hopes to secure a long awaited second Asian Tour victory since his lone win in 2007. He played mostly in Japan this year where he has one tied fifth result. He is expected to spearhead the local challenge this week.
Last 5 finishes: T24, T52, MC, T44, T17