#RWMMasters2016: The Contenders

Tue 08 Nov 2016

#RWMMasters2016: The Contenders

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Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei
Manila, November 8: The Asian Tour heads to the Philippines for its most lucrative golf tournament with the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters playing host to the region's best players at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club. We check out the contenders likely to head towards a grandstand finish on Sunday.
Chan Shih-chang (Tpe)
Chan has enjoyed a sensational season on the Asian Tour so far. After five victories on the Asian Development Tour, he claimed his breakthrough on the Asian Tour with a deserving win in Thailand in July. He quickly followed up that success with another victory in Japan in September, underlining his status as one of Asia's most promising talents. A victory at the Resorts World Manila Masters will allow him to close the gap with Australia’s Scott Hend on the Order of Merit.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: Fifth
Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
Rated as one of the brightest talents on the Asian Tour, Tabuena has already won his National Open on home soil last year and looks a likely bet for another home win at the Resorts World Manila Masters this week. Among the season’s highlights for the 22-year-old year are his two runner-up finishes in Malaysia and Chinese Taipei and making his Olympics debut for the Philippines in August.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: Sixth
Lee Chieh-po (Tpe)
Lee will be aiming to complete his ‘unfinished business’ at the Resorts World Manila Masters this week. In his rookie season last year, Lee battled into contention for the first time on the Asian Tour when he took a share of the halfway lead but eventually finished two-shot shy of winner Natipong Srithong of Thailand in joint third place. One year later, the 22-year-old has grown in maturity and believes his recent good form including a tied sixth finish in Indonesia earlier this month will lead him towards a strong finish this week.
Nicholas Fung (Mas)
Having enjoyed three top-10s this season, Fung knows his maiden breakthrough on the Asian Tour is just around the corner if he continues to play true to form. The Malaysian returns to the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club where he enjoyed a tied-fifth result in the inaugural edition in 2013 and an eighth-place finish in 2014. He took the opening round lead last year but succumbed to pressure en route to a tied-32nd place finish.
Chikkarangappa S. (Ind)
Chikka has been in sparkling form of late, finishing top-10 in his last three starts on the region’s premier Tour where he sits in a 30th place on the Order of Merit. His tied-third place finish in Macao last month, which marked his best result ever on the Asian Tour, was also timely as he went on to claim a victory on the Indian domestic circuit a week later. The course layout at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club ‘suits his eyes’ and is confident of being a genuine contender this week.