WHSM: The Contenders

Wed 17 Sep 2014

WHSM: The Contenders

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Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, September 17: We take a look at the top contenders in this week’s Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters which will welcome no fewer than 38 proven winners.
David Lipsky (USA)
Lipsky won his biggest career victory at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland two weeks ago. The win propelled him to the top of the Order of Merit with winnings of US$645,770, a position which he intends to consolidate by producing a strong showing at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters. The Korean-American is enjoying a superb season so far where he has one victory, a runner-result and another top-10 finish.
David Lipsky of USA David Lipsky of USA
OOM: 1st
Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Tha)
Pariya won his second Asian Tour title at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters last year by one-shot. He returns to the venue of his success again at the Seri Selangor Golf Club but will need to iron out some kinks in his short game. The Thai, who is a licensed pilot, has one top-10 and has missed only one cut in eight appearances this season.
OOM: 29th
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
Anirban celebrated his fourth Asian Tour victory at the 2014 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters when he holed a crucial eagle on the last to win his first title outside of India. He led the Asian Tour Order of Merit for about five months following his win but relinquished his lead to Korean-American David Lipsky who won the Omega European Masters. He finished second in last year’s Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters after losing to Pariya by one-shot.
OOM: 2nd
Baek Seuk-hyun (Kor)
Baek is one of the most consistent players on the Asian Tour but is still without a victory. He was denied a win at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters by one shot and finished fifth at the Queen's Cup in Thailand. He hopes to fight his way into contention after letting victory at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters slip from his grasp when he double bogeyed the 16th hole.
Arjun Atwal of India Arjun Atwal of India
OOM: 7th
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
Thaworn is a two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner and he holds an unprecedented 17 Asian Tour titles which includes the 2012 Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters. The 46-year-old is enjoying a good run of form after winning the Queen’s Cup in Thailand in June. He was in contention in last week’s Yeangder TPC before finishing in tied 12th.
OOM: 11
Arjun Atwal (Ind)
Atwal makes a welcome return to Malaysia. He is one of India’s most successful golfers where he has a seven career victories on the Asian Tour, which include triumphs in the Malaysian Open in 2003 and 2008. He is also a one-time Order of Merit champion and one of his greatest victories was recorded in 2010 when he became the first Indian to win on the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship.