Event Preview - Six to watch this week
Anthony Kang (USA)
Currently ranked first on the Asian Tour's Order of Merit, Anthony will looking to further cement his position with a strong showing at the Black Mountain Masters. The Korean-American won the Maybank Malaysian Open in February and has maintained his good form in recent weeks.
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
The two-time Asian Tour number one will always be a formidable force on home soil. Thongchai claimed a record 11th career victory at the Indonesia Open last month and could well contend for number 12 this week. His big-hitting game is well suited for the par-72, 7,184-yard course.
Jesper Parnevik (Swe)
The five-time US PGA Tour winner has not won in a while but being the star attraction at Black Mountain could well see him producing his best golf. Jesper knows what it takes to win and if the winds pick up here, it could well play into his hands.
Prayad Marksaeng (Tha)
Playing in his hometown, Prayad is in good form. He finished second in Malaysia behind Kang and was tied 13th in the WGC-CA Championship in Doral where he was the joint-first round leader. Prayad has added incentive as he is presently ranked 50th in the world and needs to hold on that position to earn an invitation to the US Masters next month. He essentially needs a top-three finish to guarantee himself a start in Augusta National.
Chapchai Nirat (Tha)
He will be the bookmaker's favourite following his record-breaking victory at the SAIL Open in India last weekend. Chapchai set scoring records for 36, 54 and 72 holes where his winning aggregate of 32-under-par was the best in any major international Tour. His booming drives could well yield plenty of birdies again for him as there is very little rough this week.
Scott Hend (Aus)
Another likely player to contend this week. Scott smacks the ball a very long way and can take advantage of his length at Black Mountain. He will play the opening two rounds with Chapchai and Parnevik.
March 25, 2009