The Contenders

Wed 12 Jun 2013

The Contenders

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As the THB 9.6 million (approximately US$312,000) Queen’s Cup gets underway at the holiday isle of Koh Samui on Thursday, we look at the likely contenders who will make a grandstand finish at the Santiburi Samui Country Club on Sunday.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
Defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand believes the prospect of playing for the Queen’s honour will spur him to do well this week. The 45-year-old’s victory at the Queen’s Cup last year sparked a magnificent record-breaking season where he won two other tournaments and subsequently became the oldest Asian Tour number one. He will be looking to repeat his winning feat again.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
The current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader will be amongst the top contenders following a magnificent season thus far which he won his second Asian Tour title in Malaysia in addition to three other top-five finishes. The Thai has declared his intention to win the prestigious Order of Merit crown and is ready to extend his lead on home soil where he is guaranteed a huge following.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
Lahiri, who won his third Asian Tour title on home soil earlier this year, will be eager to land his first victory outside of India at the Queen’s Cup. While he has proven to be a dominant player when he is at home with all three triumphs achieved in India, Lahiri also knows it will not be long before he hoists another trophy on foreign land. The Indian believes the key to winning this week will be to stay focus and patient as his talent and knack for winning is unquestionable.
Siddikur (Ban)
Bangladesh’s Siddikur will be among the contenders looking to better his performance last year where he finished tied-second, three shots back of Thaworn. Siddikur holds the honour of being the first Bangladeshi to win on the Asian Tour when he earned his career breakthrough in Brunei in 2010. It has been three years since that historical feat, but with a new airline sponsor on board, the 28-year-old is upbeat that his career will take off with another win again.
Mardan Mamat (Sin)
The Singapore veteran believes the euphoria of winning his first team event for Singapore will spur him to greater heights when he reignites his title ambitions at the Queen’s Cup. The 45-year-old received a timely boost when he played a big role in giving his country its first victory over Malaysia in a Ryder Cup style event, the Causeway Trophy, last week. He is hoping to produce similar fireworks on the holiday isle of Koh Samui as he chases a fourth Asian Tour title this week.