The Asian Tour is the official regional sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia. The mission of the Asian Tour is to expand tournament golf so as to substantially enhance the careers of its members, thereby developing and growing golf in Asia while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game.
The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status.
Two PGA Tour winners, D.A. Points and Michael Thompson, will attempt to beat the heat, and three Major Champions, at the third edition of the Thailand Golf Championship, scheduled for December 12-15.
The Thailand Golf Championship will take place at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, just outside Bangkok. Thompson and Points, both of whom are ranked inside the world’s top 60, will join a stellar cast of international stars who have already confirmed their participation at this year’s tournament.
These include defending champion and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, winner of the 2012 Masters as well as Spain’s Sergio Garcia, American duo Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler. The current Race to Dubai leader, Henrik Stenson, who recently claimed both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup crowns, will also travel to Thailand to challenge for the title. Ryo Ishikawa, one of Japan’s brightest young golfing talents, will attempt to become the Thailand Golf Championship’s first Asian winner.
The presence of Thompson and Points, each with a PGA Tour win this year, will no doubt add depth and additional colour to the world class line up. The 28-year-old Thompson is no stranger to the tournament, having come third in the inaugural tournament in 2011. Points, on the other hand, will be making his first appearance at the prestigious Thailand Golf Championship.
The younger of the two players by eight years, Thompson has enjoyed a fine season that included a win at the Honda Classic and three other top 10 finishes. He was also impressive at The Masters and PGA Championship this season where he recorded top 25 finishes.
The two players warmed up nicely for the tropical climate in Southeast Asia by participating at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Following a gallant effort against some extremely stiff competition and tricky competitions, Thompson and Points ended their week at tied-35th and tied 68th place.
Sarath Ratanavadi, Chairman of the Organising Committee for Thailand Golf Championship, said, “We are delighted that these two wonderful players will be joining us at Thailand Golf Championship this year. Michael Thompson and D.A. Points are two seasoned professionals who have achieved a lot in their careers through their dedication to the sport. The hard work they have put in to improve their game, to get to where they are today, is a real inspiration to us all, and they are a real asset to the tournament.”
With a total prize fund of US$1 million, the prestigious Championship aims to help develop professional golf within the region and promote Thailand as an international sports destination and regional event hub. In 2013, the tournament will be broadcasted live to 200 countries and 800 million homes worldwide.
About the Thailand Golf Championship
Thailand Golf Championship tickets are available at Thaiticketmajor at Baht 300 each for Round 1 and 2 (December 12 and 13). The price for Round 3 (December 14) is Baht 400, and for the final day on December 15 the price is Baht 500. A 4-day package ticket is only Baht 800. For more information, please call 02-262-3456 or visit www.thaiticketmajor.com.
Thailand Golf Championship will be broadcasting through Asian Tour Global TV and TrueVisions and you can follow the updated news on our website: www.thailandgolfchampionship.com or facebook: www.facebook.com/ThailandGolfChampionship
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status.