American David Lipsky and India's Anirban Lahiri will resume their battle for the prestigious Asian Tour's Order of Merit crown at the upcoming Hong Kong Open and Macau Open. The top-two ranked golfers on the region's premier Tour have committed to play in both tournaments, which will offer a combined US$2.2 million in prize money. Lahiri and Lipsky will be joined by many world-class stars including Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez in what is poised to be a thrilling two-week swing on the Asian Tour.
Lipsky leads the Merit list with USD 665,725, thanks largely to an impressive victory at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland last month while Lahiri trails in second place with USD 342,689.
The Indian star, victorious at Indonesian Masters in April, knows the magnitude of the challenge ahead and believes he needs to secure a second victory of the season to have a chance of becoming Asia's new number one, a title won previously by compatriots Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa and Jeev Milkha Singh.