#YeangderTPC: The Contenders

Tue 28 Jun 2016

#YeangderTPC: The Contenders

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Taipei, June 28: Who’s likely to emerge victorious at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) come Sunday? We take a closer look at the likely contenders at this week’s US$500,000 event which has over the years established itself as one of the most popular events on the Asian Tour.
Lu Wei-chih (Tpe)
Lu remains the only local player from Chinese Taipei to have won the Yeangder TPC in 2011. A very popular player among his peers on the Asian Tour, Lu has made a remarkable comeback since he was first diagnosed with brain tumor in 2012. The father-of-two won on the Taiwan PGA Challenge Tour just last week. It was Lu’s first win since he underwent surgery three years ago which also underlines the triumph of the human spirit. Don’t discount him from repeating his 2011 heroics this week.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
The old Thai warhorse, who still considers himself a ‘young boy’, is still going strong and holds the most number of Asian Tour victories with 18 wins on the region’s premier Tour. At 49, Thaworn has won the Yeangder TPC twice in 2010 and 2013 and his in-depth knowledge of the Linkou International Golf and Country Club could play to his advantage.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
Tabuena has been riding on a rich vein of form since the start of the season. Currently fourth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, the 21-year-old’scareer has been on the upswing over the last seven months after he won his first Asian Tour title on home soil last December. He went on to finish tied fourth and second in Singapore and Malaysia before going on to make his dream debut at the U.S. Open earlier this month after topping the sectional qualifying.
Lin Wen-tang (Tpe)
Lin remains one of Chinese Taipei’s most decorated players on the Asian Tour. He holds six victories with the last dating back to 2013 in the Philippines. Lin’s best finish at the Yeangder TPC was tied fourth at the 2011 and 2012 editions. While he has been victorious on numerous occasions on home soil, the Yeangder TPC has still eluded him and it is a record that the 41-year-old hopes will change this week.
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