RWMM: The Contenders

Tue 18 Nov 2014

RWMM: The Contenders

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Manila, November 18: Asiantour.com checks out this week's contenders at the Resorts World Manila Masters.
Liang Wen-chong (PRC)
The Chinese star claimed the inaugural title at the Resorts World Manila Masters last year after fighting from four shots back in the back nine to eventually pip Prom Meesawat of Thailand in a play-off. Liang will arrive in Manila Southwoods in good form, following a fifth place finish in Japan last week, which was his fifth top-10 of the season.
Order of Merit: 63rd
Last five finishes: 5, T48, T48, T40, T34
Venetian Macau Open - Round FourKiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
The burly Thai will make his debut at the event this week, and will be fresh off a fourth place finish at the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT last weekend. A knee injury has kept him from a consistent run of form but the big-hitting Kiradech is tipped to make full use of length at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course here which is fairly generous off the tee.
Order of Merit: 12th
Last five finishes: 4, T37, T11, T10, MC
Angelo Que (Phi)
Que, aka the Human Highlighter due to his bright dressing, will be expected to carry the local charge on what is his home course. The Filipino was in contention at the Resorts World Manila Masters last season before setting for tied 25th position. He will enter the week here in good form, following  a runner-up finish in the Hong Kong Open and tied eighth outing at the CIMB Classic, which is a joint sanctioned event with the PGA Tour.
Order of Merit: 5th
Last five finishes: T8, T32, 2, T9, T41
Rashid Khan of India Rashid Khan of India
Rashid Khan (Ind)
The slender Indian is in top form, following his second win of the season in Chiangmai last week. He won the season-opening SAIL-SBI Open and could well challenge again for the title in Manila. With his straight hitting game, Khan could potentially contend at Manila Southwoods which rewards the high percentage game.
OOM: 8th
Last five finishes: Win, 10, WD, MC, MC
Scott Hend (Aus)
Making his debut at the event, big-hitting Hend will be regarded as one of the top contenders. He won the Hong Kong Open last month and finished tied second in his defence of the Venetian Macau Open in the following week. Was also tied 16th in his defence in Chiangmai last week. His form has certainly improved after missing five of six cuts before his Hong Kong high where he defeated Que in a play-off. Went back to his old driver after missing the cut in the Mercuries Taiwan Masters which has seen him bounce back to top form.
OOM: 6th
Last five finishes: T16, T2, 1, MC, T53
Prom Meesawat (Tha)
Prom finished runner-up to Liang last season after losing in a play-off following an unlucky break where he got into a plugged lie in the bunker. However, he will return this week in good form after ending an eight-year title drought at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship. He also finished tied second in Macau and joint eighth in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
OOM: 3rd
Last five finishes: T28, T8, T2, T20, T19
Mithun Perera (Slk)
Perera is one of the men in form, following a play-off loss in the Panasonic Open India two weeks ago and a fifth place outing in Chiangmai. The Sri Lankan is a no frills player with a deft short game. Could well be a dark horse this week.
OOM: 32nd
Last five finishes: T5, T2, T53, MC, MC