#OEM2016: The Contenders

Wed 31 Aug 2016

#OEM2016: The Contenders

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August 30: Here are the top contenders we’ve picked for this week’s Omega European Masters. 
Danny Willett (Eng)
Willett won the 2015 Omega European Masters after defeating Matthew Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton by one shot. Earlier this year he went from red to green jacket when he won his first Major championship at The Masters. He will be one of the hot picks this week.
OWGR: 11th
Marcus Fraser (Aus)
Fraser contended for a medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro before finishing in tied fifth place. He won the Maybank Championship Malaysia earlier this year and enjoyed a tied second place result at the Panasonic Open Golf Championship. He currently leads the Order of Merit rankings.
OOM: 1st
Lee Westwood (Eng)
Westwood won the Omega European Masters in 1999. His best result this year was a tied second place at The Masters. With two other top-10 results so far this year, the Englishman is expected to contend for the title at the beautiful Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
OWGR: 46th
Miguel Tabuena (Phi)
Miguel won his first Asian Tour title at the Philippine Open in 2015 and finished tied second at the Maybank Malaysia Championship earlier this year. He also represented the Philippines in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He is currently fourth on the Order of Merit and will make his debut at the Omega European Masters.
OOM: 4th
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind)
Chawrasia is one of the success stories on the Asian Tour. A son to a greens keeper at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, Chawrasia rose through the ranks and is now a four-time Asian Tour and three-time European Tour winner. He won the Hero Indian Open earlier this year, defeating Anirban Lahiri in a thrilling final round. Also represented India in the Olympics last month.
OOM: 6th
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
Thongchai is the only player to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns. The Thai legend won his eighth European Tour title at the 100th Open de France in July and will be among the favourites this week. A former paratrooper in the Royal Thai Army, Thongchai’s best result at the Omega European Masters was in fifth place in 2009.
OOM: 46th