#ShinhanDonghanOpen: The Contenders

Wed 28 Sep 2016

#ShinhanDonghanOpen: The Contenders

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Incheon, Korea, September 28: The Asian Tour welcomes on board the long-established Shinhan Donghae Open on its Schedule this week, marking its return to Korea. The event has featured on the Asian Tour previously in 2002 and we look ahead to see who are the likely contenders are for this week's Korean showpiece.
Byeonghun An (Kor)
Fresh from his Olympic debut where he finished tied 11th, An will be seeking to put up a stout defence of his title against a strong field. An, who is the highest ranked player at world number 38, was named as the European Tour Rookie of the Year last year after a superb season where he won one title and posted eight top-10s. He has continued his fine form this season, notching three top-five finishes including a play-off defeat at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA TOUR.
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
Thongchai claimed his breakthrough on the Asian Tour with his maiden win at the Korean Open in 2000 and that victory played a pivotal role in setting him on his way towards establishing himself as one of Asia’s greatest players and a global golf star. Today, the 46-year-old holds the illustrious honour of winning a record three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles along with 13 career victories and four wins on the European Tour. It is no secret why Thongchai is delighted to be heading back to the country which launched his golf career. He said,“If I didn’t win that tournament, I would have lost confidence and I don’t think I would have won so many tournaments. Winning in Korea made me hungry to win more tournaments.”
Scott Hend (Aus)
Hend will tee up at the Shinhan Donghae Open in the best of form having secured two victories in Thailand this season. He was narrowly denied his 10th Tour title after a play-off defeat in Switzerland earlier this month. The big-hitting Australian is the most successful international golfer in the region and will be looking forward to show the local galleries his glowing credentials.
Danny Lee (Nzl)
The world number 54 returns to Incheon where he grew up and attempts to take on the region’s best players at the Bears Best Cheongna Golf Club. Lee first broke into the scene when he became the youngest winner at the US Amateur Championship last year before going on to win the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia as an amateur the following year. He turned professional in 2009 and would go on to win his maiden title on the PGA TOUR at the Greenbrier Classic in 2015. Having represented New Zealand at the Olympics where he finished tied-27th last month, Lee is now turning his attention to doing well at the long-established Shinhan Donghae Open.
K.T. Kim (Kor)
Kim is a proven star in Asia where he enjoyed a phenomenal season in the Japan, winning five times before topping the money list there. The popular star has also won thrice in Japan this year and is currently ranked second on the merit list there.
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