#RWMMasters-The Contenders

Wed 18 Nov 2015

#RWMMasters-The Contenders

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Manila, November 18: This week, the Asian Tour is in the Philippines for the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters, which is returning for its third edition as the richest event in the country.
We take a look at the elite field and pick the players whom we think will contend in the event, which starts on Thursday.
Mardan Mamat (Sin) – Defending Champion
Mardan claimed his fifth Asian Tour title at the inaugural Banshundhara Bangladesh Open in May. He holds the honour of being Singapore’s first winner on the Asian Tour and is also the first player from his country to win a co-sanctioned tournament with Europe. With a current ranking of 321st on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), Mardan is in the frame to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. He will be aiming to successfully defend a title for the first time in his career and win twice in a season.
Order of Merit: 15th
Last 5 finishes: MC, 74, MC, T58, T63
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind)
Chawrasia is the highest ranked Asian Tour player in the field this week. He has notched three top-10s so far this season, which includes a runner-up finish at the Hero Indian Open after losing to Anirban Lahiri in a play-off.
OOM: 4th
Last 5 finishes: T20, T46, 73, T59, T17
Prom Meesawat (Tha)
Prom came close to winning in the last two editions where he finished second and third respectively. He lost to Liang Wen-chong of China in a playoff before settling for a runner-up finish in 2013. In 2014, he shot a course record 63 in the third round to put himself in contention. He will be chasing for a career third title this week.
OOM: 33rd
Last 5 finishes: T5, T29, MC, T10, T33
Angelo Que (Phi)
Que will be playing on his home course this week. He was tied for 25th place in the first edition in 2013 and missed the halfway cut last season. With his last victory on the Asian Tour in 2010, Que is keen to end his dry run by winning in front of his home crowd this week.
OOM: 49th
Last 5 finishes: T13, MC, MC, MC, 70
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
Tabuena came close to winning his first Asian Tour title in Chinese Taipei last month. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a strong season on his domestic circuit, winning the Order of Merit following several victories across the Philippines. He is now eager to translate his home form onto the Asian Tour in his bid to land a first career title.
OOM: 38th
Last 5 finishes: T30, MC, MC, 2, T7
Chiragh Kumar (Ind)
Kumar is a newly-crowned winner on the Asian Tour. He won the Panasonic Open India on home soil last week before coming to Singapore. He also enjoyed a joint runner-up finish at the Venetian Macao Open last month prior to his win.
OOM: 13th
Last 5 finishes: T37, 1, MC, T2, MC
Danny Chia (Mas)
Chia claimed his long-awaited second victory on the Asian Tour in Chinese Taipei last month. He went on to cap another top-10 finish, also in Chinese Taipei, following his victory. Prior to his victory, he won his third title on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) to regain his place as the highest ranked Malaysian player. Chia’s good results in Chinese Taipei propelled him into top-10 on the Order of Merit, where he eventually qualified for the lucrative CIMB Classic and WGC–HSBC Champions last month.
OOM: 7th
Last 5 finishes: T8, 67, T68, T51, MC
Richard T. Lee (Can)
Richard claimed his breakthrough victory on the Asian Tour in the Philippines last year after enjoying a solid rookie season in 2013. He has secured three top-10s so far this season to sit in seventh place on the current Order of Merit.
OOM: 10th
Last 5 finishes: MC, T46, T75, MC, MC
Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind)
Jeev is one of Asia’s most decorated and global players, having won six times on the Asian Tour and multiple times in Japan and Europe. A two-time Asian Tour number one, he was conferred an honorary Asian Tour membership in 2009. Also a former winner of the Singapore Open in 2008.
OOM: 72nd
Last 5 finishes: MC, T24, MC, T24, MC