Yeangder TPC-The Contenders

Wed 10 Sep 2014

Yeangder TPC-The Contenders

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Chinese Taipei, September 10: The Asian Tour heads to the US$500,000 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) this week where an international mix of players from 21 countries will battle for a winner’s purse of US$90,000. AsianTour.com takes a look at the likely contenders this week.
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 last week. Lahiri was also part  of Team Asia which secured a dramatic tie with Team Europe at the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia in March.
Order of Merit: 2nd
Rikard Karlberg (Swe)
Karlberg has enjoyed a relatively good season on the Asian Tour so far where he made five cuts in six starts. He also notched two top-five finishes to sit in third place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, with a season’s haul of US$153,440. He will be chasing for a third Asian Tour victory this week after claiming two victories in India in 2010.
Rikard Kalrberg of Sweden Rikard Kalrberg of Sweden
Order of Merit: 3rd
Rahil Gangjee (Ind)
Gangjee will continue his search for a second Asian Tour win at the Yeangder TPC following his lone success in 2004. His best result this year was tied fourth at The Championship at Laguna National in Singapore in May. He has yet to miss a single cut on the Asian Tour this year and is currently ranked fourth on the Order of Merit.
Order of Merit: 4th
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 continues his hunt for a maiden victory and is tipped to shine at the Yeangder TPC.
Order of Merit: 5th
Antonio Lascuna (Phi)
Lascuna won three titles on home soil, including a first win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), before coming to Chinese Taipei for the Yeangder TPC. His best result on the Asian Tour this season was a tied-second finish at the ICTSI Philippine Open in May. He also finished top-10 at the Queen’s Cup in June.
Order of Merit: 8th
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha)
Thaworn is a two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner. He claimed an unprecedented 17th title at the Queen’s Cup held in Koh Samui in June . The Thai veteran claimed three victories in 2012 to become the oldest Order of Merit champion on the Asian Tour. This week, he will be looking to boost his current ranking on the merit list where he is currently placed 12th after a season’s haul of $76,011. Thaworn is the defending champion for this week’s Yeangder TPC.
Order of Merit: 12th
Lin Wen-tang (Tpe)
Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei
Lin is Chinese Taipei’s most successful player on the Asian Tour as he holds six titles. His best result on the Asian Tour in 2014 was a tied-fifth finish at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in May. He was victorious on the Asian Development Tour and claimed another victory on the domestic circuits. The Yeangder TPC remains as one of his most sought after titles as it is sponsored by his boss Emmet Hsu, who is the Yeangder Group Chairman.
Order of Merit: 40th
Chan Shih-chang (Tpe)
Chan will be the dark horse this week. He won three Asian Development Tour titles this year to lead on the Order of Merit. His early success in 2014 earned him playing rights for the remainder of the 2014 Asian Tour season. He is also one of the most consistent players in Chinese Taipei where he won winning three titles on the local circuit.
Order of Merit: 84th 

Daniel Chopra (Swe)
Chopra hopes to rekindle his winning memories in Chinese Taipei. He won the Taiwan Open in 1995 and was victorious at the Taiwan Masters in 2001. He is also a two-time PGA Tour winner. He has close affinity to Asia as he was born to a Swedish mother and Indian father. He will be looking forward to returning to the region which has brought him much success.
Official World Golf Ranking: 792nd
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