Young Guns - Locked and Loaded

Wed 26 Feb 2014

Young Guns - Locked and Loaded

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February 26: The talented young guns on the Asian Tour are hungry for success and are prepared to challenge for honours among the decorated Asian Tour veterans. Read on to find out who asiantour.com thinks will win their first Asian Tour title in 2014.
Richard T. Lee (Canada)
The 23-year-old graduated with flying colours at the 2013 Qualifying School First Stage and Final stage where he finished second. He was equally impressive throughout the season where he finished second at the inaugural Solaire Open in the Philippines.
Without missing a single cut in 11 appearances, Lee went on to claim two other top-10 results to end his rookie season in 32nd position on the Order of Merit.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha)
Jazz is easily recognisable because of his talent and striking coloured pants which he wears on the golf course! After missing out on a chance to earn an Asian Tour card at the 2013 Qualifying School, the young Thai battled his way to a 30th placing on the Order of Merit despite playing in limited events.
The 18-year-old secured his first top-five result of the season on home soil at the Queen’s Cup before playing his way into contention at the Resorts World Manila Masters where he settled for tied fifth. It was a case of so close but yet so far again for Jazz when he was in contention at the Indonesia Open before finishing in tied sixth.
Nicholas Fung (Mas)
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The bespectacled Fung showed true grit when he won his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the 2013 PGM-UMW Templer Park Masters in Malaysia before going on to win the ADT Order of Merit.
Through the experience gained on the ADT, Fung secured back-to-back top-five results at the Resorts World Manila Masters and Indonesia Open on the Asian Tour which was good enough for a 36th placing on the final Asian Tour Order of Merit.
His dazzling display on the golf course also earned him a spot in Team Asia for the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in March.
Carlos Pigem (Esp)
The young Spaniard was impressive in his first year in Asia, having secured three top-20s and carding an impressive tied third result at the Resorts World Manila Masters. Like most in his country, Pigem started playing football before turning his attention to golf.
His decision was a bold move but he was rewarded with a solid year on the Asian Tour where he placed 38th on the Order of Merit.
At the age of 23, Carlos is expected to be in contention regularly after gaining some much needed experience on the Asian Tour.
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Rashid Khan (Ind)
The lanky Indian was dominant in the local golf scene and he translated that form into superb performances on the Asian Tour.
He charged into contention at the 2013 SAIL-SBI Open only to be denied by Anirban Lahiri on the first play-off hole. He clearly enjoyed playing on his home course when he finished tied fourth at the Hero Indian Open at the Delhi Golf Club.
The results propelled Khan to 41st on the Order of Merit which earned him an Asian Tour card for 2014.
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