Venetian Macau Open - The Contenders

Tue 21 Oct 2014

Venetian Macau Open - The Contenders

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Asiantour.com checks out this week's contenders at the Venetian Macau Open.
Ernie Els (Rsa)
The four-time Major winner is making his second appearance at the Venetian Macau Open. Finished joint third in his debut last year and is expected to contend again this weekend. The South African star has yet to win this season but has three top-fives, including in the Hong Kong Open last weekend.
World Ranking: 50th
Form Guide (last 5 tournaments): T5, T32, T16, T50, T5
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Esp)
The cigar-chomping, pony-tailed Spaniard will be making his debut in Macau. He has enjoyed great success in Asia, with four wins at the Hong Kong Open. At 50, he’s still very capable of winning at the highest level as proven by his victory at the Spanish Open. He was also fourth at the Masters Tournament in April. He was the European captain at the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM which ended in a 10-10 tie with Asia.
World Ranking: 38th
Form Guide: MC, T52, MC, MC, T42
Hong Kong Open - Day TwoThongchai Jaidee (Tha)
The three-time Asian Tour number one has enjoyed another fabulous season, highlighted by his win at the Nordea Masters in Sweden which was his second title on European soil. He has also posted five other top-10s including a career best joint sixth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Also made the cut in the Masters Tournament for the first time this year which completed his mission of playing in the weekend rounds of all four Majors. Finished tied eighth in Macau several years ago.
World Ranking: 42nd
Form Guide: T9, T17, T32, T17, MC
David Lipsky (USA)
The American enjoyed a high by winning the Omega European Masters in Switzerland in September to shoot to the top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit. The 2012 Qualifying School winner also has three other top-10s this season.
Order of Merit: 1st
Form Guide: T61, T56, T4, MC, 1
WORLDWIDE SELANGOR MASTERS 2013Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
The young Indian will be aiming to repeat the fireworks which he produced in last year’s final round in Macau where he shot a course record equaling 62 to finish second. This year, he won the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters and has notched six other top-10s. Uncharacteristically missed the cut in Hong Kong last week.
Order of Merit: 2nd
Form Guide: MC, T33, 3, T4, T13
Scott Hend (Aus)
The big-hitting Aussie produced an impressive display to win the Venetian Macau Open with a winning total of 16-under-par 268. Won three times last year to finish second on the Order of Merit. Claimed his sixth Asian Tour win at the Hong Kong Open last week on the back of five missed cuts in his last six starts.
Order of Merit: 3rd
Form Guide: Win, MC, T53, MC, MC
Antonio Lascuna (Phi)
The veteran is having the season of his life, moving up to third place on the Order of Merit on the back of some outstanding results. He has three runner-up finishes and a third this season but Lascuna will be shooting for a first title in Macau. The course in Macau could well set up perfectly for him and his current form suggests that he will be a contender. Also won an Asian Development Tour event on home soil recently.
Order of Merit: 4th
Form Guide: MC, T2, 2, 3, 1