#ThailandClassic: The Contenders

Tue 10 Feb 2015

#ThailandClassic: The Contenders

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This week, we look at the Asian Tour contenders expected to feature prominently on the leaderboard as the True Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain gets underway on Thursday.
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
Voted Players’ Player of the Year in 2014, the Indian is also one of the fan’s favourites for the True Thailand Classic title. He won in spectacular fashion in Malaysia last week, bringing his total wins on the Asian Tour to six. His latest victory was also his third in the last 10 months and as the highest ranked player in 37th place in the world, the Indian looks likely to be the man to beat this week.
OWGR: 37th 
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
World number 39 Thongchai is expected to spearhead the region’s challenge. Apart from 13 wins on the region’s premier Tour, the Thai has also won twice on European soil during his illustrious career which spans back to 1999 when he turned professional.
OWGR: 39th 
David Lipsky of the USA David Lipsky of the USA
David Lipsky (Usa)
The reigning Order of Merit champion will be eager to show why he’s Asia’s number one at one of the early season events. Lipsky became the player from the Asian Tour to win a co-sanctioned event on European soil in Switzerland last year and is a good bet of showing his victorious form in this region too. Expect similar heroics from the Korean-American at Black Mountain Golf Club.
OWGR: 148th
Prayad Marksaeng
The eight-time Asian Tour winner last victory on the Asian Tour came at the Black Mountain Golf Club last year. Prayad, who hails from Hua Hin, will have his legion of fans watching him in action this week and is expected to put up an noteworthy performance.
OWGR: 160th
Rikard Karlberg
The 28-year-old Swede has an impressive track record at the Black Mountain Golf Club. He finished second behind Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng at the King’s Cup when it was last staged at the award-winning golf club in 2014. He’ll be getting married the week after the event and with everything going well in his life, his goal of ending his five-year title drought could very well be achieved.
OWGR: 240th