RWMM: The Contenders

Tue 12 Nov 2013

RWMM: The Contenders

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Manila, November 12: The Asian Tour heads to the inaugural US$750,000 Resorts World Manila Masters this week where an international mix of players from over 22 countries will battle for world ranking points and the winner’s purse of US$135,000. AsianTour.com takes a look at the big guns who are likely to contend this week.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
Thaworn sealed his 16th unprecedented Asian Tour title in Chinese Taipei in September. The Thai veteran claimed three victories in 2012 to become the oldest Order of Merit champion at the age of 45 years and 354 days on the Asian Tour. This week, he will be looking to boost his current ranking on the merit list where he is currently in 16th place after a season’s haul of $129,634.
Angelo Que (Phi)
A three-time Asian Tour winner, Que is upbeat of his chances at the Resorts World Manila Masters as he will compete in familiar surroundings. Que finished tied fourth in India last week and is expected to continue his good form as he heads to the Resorts World Manila Masters. Que will be joining Antonio Lascuna in representing the Philippines in the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf next week.
Antonio Lascuna (Phi)
Lascuna enjoyed his best ever season on the Asian Tour last year when he finished in the top-five on three occasions and ended the year in a career high of 12th place on the Order of Merit. The 42-year-old is also eager to give a timely reminder that he can still contend at the highest level and join the exclusive group of proven winners from the Asian Tour who are in their 40s. Lascuna will join Angelo Que in representing the Philippines in the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf next week.
Daniel Chopra (Swe)
Chopra earned his breakthrough in Asia when he won the Johor Open in Malaysia in 1993. It was his first victory a year since turning professional and since then, the 39-year-old , who is born to a Swedish mother and Indian father, has gone on to record a total of 14 victories including the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in 2001. While he is now focused on his career in the United States where he has won twice on the PGA Tour, Chopra is looking forward to returning to the region which has brought him much success.
Lin Wen-tang (Tpe)
Lin is one of the most popular golfers in Chinese Taipei. He ended his title drought on the Asian Tour when he won the Solaire Open in the Philippines in April. It was his sixth Asian Tour title which provided Lin with a much needed confidence boost. He is eager to return to his winning ground.
Baek Seuk-hyun (Kor)
Baek will continue his search for a maiden Asian Tour title at the Resorts World Manila Masters. He came close to winning the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in June but was defeated by his best friend, Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand. He is expected to shine again this week after finishing tied fourth in India last week.
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