Solaire Open: The Contenders

Tue 09 Apr 2013

Solaire Open: The Contenders

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April 9: The Asian Tour stars will continue their search for glory at the inaugural US$300,000 Solaire Open at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club. AsianTour.com takes a look at the top contenders this week.
Baek Seuk-hyun (Kor)
Baek is the dark horse this season. He has two top-five finishes so far and is currently fifth on the Order of Merit with earnings of US$145,303. He believes he has the game to win a first Asian Tour event but needs to stay fit. He is slowly reaping the benefits of a fitness change earlier this year and has lost eight kilograms so far.
Order of Merit: 5th
Chawalit Plaphol (Tha)
Chawalit won the season-opening Zaykabar Myanmar Open and since then his best result was tied 34th at the Avantha Masters in India. After his victory in Myanmar, the lanky Thai said the goal is to continue winning, which he hopes to do so at the Solaire Open.
Order of Merit: 10th
Himmat Rai (Ind)
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He was in contention at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open and Avantha Masters but eventually finished tied 13th and ninth respectively. He believes he is riding a hot form and is ready to contend for a second Asian Tour title since his maiden victory in 2011 in Singapore.
Order of Merit: 20th
Chinnarat Phadungsil (Tha)
Chinnarat set the stage alight when he shot an opening round 61 at the Avantha Masters in India before finishing tied 23rd. He is a three-time Asian Tour winner but not since 2009, something he hopes to change this week. The Thais have enjoyed great success on the Asian Tour this year and Chinnarat will be determined to join the party.
Order of Merit: 25th
Hu Mu (Chn)
His runner-up finish at the Chiangmai Golf Classic two weeks ago was his best result on the Asian Tour so far. It gave him the self-belief that he can take on the best players in the region and claim a first victory on the Asian Tour. He failed to earn an Asian Tour card at Qualifying School earlier this year but is making the most of his limited appearances.
Order of Merit: 27th
Scott Barr (Aus)
Scott made the cut in his last four appearances on the Asian Tour. He is motivated by the victories of his countrymen Scott Hend and Wade Ormsby who won in the last two Asian Tour events. He has yet to win on the Asian Tour but is one of the top favourites to finally land that elusive title.
Order of Merit  28th