#WorldClassic – The Contenders

Wed 11 Nov 2015

#WorldClassic – The Contenders

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Singapore, November 11: The Asian Tour is in Singapore for the inaugural World Classic Championship at Laguna National this week. We take a look at the elite field and pick the players whom we think will contend in the US$750,000 event, which is the Asian Tour’s only stop in Singapore this season.
Mardan Mamat of Singapore Mardan Mamat of Singapore
Mardan Mamat (Sin)
Mardan claimed his fifth Asian Tour title at the inaugural Banshundhara Bangladesh Open in May. He holds the honour of being Singapore’s first winner on the Asian Tour and is also the first player from his country to win a co-sanctioned tournament with Europe. With a current ranking of 320th on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), Mardan is in the frame to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. He is also the highest ranked Singaporean in the field.
Order of Merit: 13th
Last 5 finishes: 74, MC, T58, T63, MC
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind)
Chawrasia is the highest ranked Asian Tour player in the field this week. He has notched three top-10s so far this season, which includes a runner-up finish at the Hero Indian Open after losing to Anirban Lahiri in a play-off.
OOM: 4th
Last 5 finishes: T46, 73, T59, T17, MC
Chiragh Kumar (Ind)
Kumar is a newly-crowned winner on the Asian Tour. He won the Panasonic Open India on home soil last week before coming to Singapore. He also enjoyed a joint runner-up finish at the Venetian Macao Open last month prior to his win. He’s hopeful of continuing his good run of form when he tees up for the inaugural Singapore showpiece.
OOM: 12th
Last 5 finishes: 1, MC, T2, MC, T42
Danny Chia (Mas)
Chia claimed his long-awaited second victory on the Asian Tour in Chinese Taipei last month. He went on to cap another top-10 finish, also in Chinese Taipei, following his victory. Prior to his victory, he won his third title on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) to regain his place as the highest ranked Malaysian player. Chia’s good results in Chinese Taipei propelled him into top-10 on the Order of Merit, where he eventually qualified for the lucrative CIMB Classic and WGC–HSBC Champions last month.
OOM: 9th
Last 5 finishes: 67, T68, T51, MC, T8
Richard T. Lee (Can)
Richard claimed his breakthrough victory on the Asian Tour in the Philippines last year after enjoying a solid rookie season in 2013. He has secured three top-10s so far this season to sit in seventh place on the current Order of Merit.
OOM: 7th
Last 5 finishes: T46, T75, MC, MC, T38
Jeev Milkha Singh of India Jeev Milkha Singh of India
Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind)
Jeev is one of Asia’s most decorated and global players, having won six times on the Asian Tour and multiple times in Japan and Europe. A two-time Asian Tour number one, he was conferred an honorary Asian Tour membership in 2009. Also a former winner of the Singapore Open in 2008.
OOM: 65th
Last 5 finishes: T24, MC, T24, MC, MC
Ends.