WGC-HSBC Champions: Contenders

Wed 05 Nov 2014

WGC-HSBC Champions: Contenders

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This week’s US$8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club brings together a galaxy of stars who will vie for the prestigious title at Chinese showpiece which remains the only country outside the United States to currently host a one of the four prestigious World Golf Championship events.
We present the form guide of the players expected to spearhead the Asian Tour’s challenge at the year’s final World Golf Championship.
Thongchai 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. He 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.
World Ranking: 42nd
Form Guide: T28, T10, T9, T17, T32
David Lipsky (USA)
The American sits firmly atop the Asian Tour Order of Merit, thanks largely to his historic win at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland in September. The 2012 Qualifying School winner also has three other top-10s this season.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 1st
Form Guide: T75, MC, T61, T56, T4
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
Lahiri will head into this week’s showpiece in the best of form having won twice this season in Indonesia and most recently in Macau a fortnight ago. Having notched four other top-10s on the region’s premier Tour, the Indian is expected to put up a strong challenge in his debut appearance at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 2nd
Form Guide: T52, 1, MC, T33, 3
Jason Knutzon (Usa)
Knutzon enjoyed an impressive string of results recently including a runner-up finish in Japan last month to earn himself a place among the elites at the WGC-HSBC Champions. The American holds two Asian Tour victories with his last dating back to 2007.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 8th
Form Guide: MC, T46, T61, T58, T2
Antonio Lascuna (Phi)
The Filipino veteran has been one of the standouts on the Asian Tour this season, catching everyone’s attention with his sparkling form.  After a tied-11th finish at The Championship in Singapore, the 43-year-old burst into life with five top-10s including three runner-up finishes in the Philippines, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei to surge up the Order of Merit where he is currently in fifth place, earning himself a prized spot in the WGC-HSBC Champions. Lascuna may not have won his maiden title on the region’s premier Tour yet, but his results on Tour is an indication of an imminent breakthrough.
Asian Tour Order of Merit: 7th
Form Guide: T71, T26, T89, T2, 2
Liang Wen-chong (Chn)
Liang remains the only mainland Chinese to win the prestigious Asian Tour Order of Merit title in 2007. The 36 year-old made history again when he became the first Chinese golfer to play in all four Major Championships when he teed off at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst. The three-time Asian Tour winner maybe sacrificing his playing opportunities with more practice time for the Olympics Games, but he can be counted upon to make an impression whenever he does step up to the tee, especially on home soil.
Form Guide: T40, T34, T9, T2
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