Former Masters Tournament champion Charl Schwartzel and reigning Asian Tour number one Kiradech Aphibarnrat will lend their star credentials at the Chiangmai Golf Classic in July. Title holder Scott Hend of Australia and Korean star K.T. Kim, a multiple winner in Japan, have also confirmed their participation in the prestigious US$750,000 full-field Asian Tour tournament at the Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai from July 3-6. The powerful quartet will join US PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner of the United States who was earlier announced as the first marquee name for the Chiangmai Golf Classic, which was successfully launched in the northern city of Chiangmai last season. Chiangmai’s Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo said: “We are honoured to host the Chiangmai Golf Classic on the Asian Tour for the second time.
We are delighted that four more worldclass stars have confirmed their participation in the Chiangmai Golf Classic. With the inclusion of Charl Schwartzel, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Scott Hend and K.T. Kim, along with Jason Dufner, golf fans in Thailand and television viewers from around the world will be treated to a great tournament.” Schwartzel, the world number 18 said: “I am looking forward to my first appearance at the Chiangmai Golf Classic. I have enjoyed some success in Thailand in the past and it would be fantastic if I can produce my best golf once again to secure my second victory in the country which I truly enjoy visiting.
The exciting talents of Kiradech, who became the third Thai player to win the prestigious Asian Tour Order of Merit title last year, will be on full display once more at the Chiangmai Golf Classic. Last year, the long-hitting Thai finished tied fifth at the Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai. “I am looking forward to playing in Chiangmai again. I played pretty well in the inaugural tournament and I hope to put on another good showing in front of my fans.” said Kiradech, who finished fourth in the recent CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. The powerful Hend is looking forward to a return to the Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai, which served up one of three victories for him last season en route to finishing second on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit behind Kiradech.