Chapchai backs Asian success at TGC

Sat 08 Nov 2014

Chapchai backs Asian success at TGC

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November 8: Chapchai Nirat believes the time has come for an Asian golfer to win the Thailand Golf Championship which will be played from December 11-14 at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi.
The US$1 million event, which has been on the Tour’s schedule since 2011, regularly features a collection of the game’s best players, with Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Sergio Garcia emerging victorious in the first three editions.
But despite the confirmed appearance of Garcia, Westwood, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, reigning US Open winner Martin Kaymer, Ryder Cup star Victor Dubuisson and South African legend Ernie Els at Amata Spring next month, 31-year-old Chapchai is bullish about Asia’s chances of glory.
“The world’s top golfers should not overlook the Asian challenge,” warned Chapchai, who ended a five-year title drought in September when he won the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in Malaysia. “Many Asian – particularly Thai – players have been performing very well recently, with Prom Meesawat showing great form and Thongchai Jaidee also shining in world-class events.”
Prom finds himself ranked fourth in the Asian Tour Order of Merit after a win in Chinese Taipei, a tie for second in Macau and a top-10 finish at last week’s CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, which was co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour.
Thongchai, who captained Team Asia during their thrilling draw with Europe at the inaugural EurAsia Cup in March, claimed the Nordea Masters on the European Tour earlier this season in addition to five other top-10 finishes.
Big-hitting Chapchai, who holds the world scoring record of 32-under-par when he won the SAIL Open in India in 2009, has played in every edition of the Thailand Golf Championship, with last year’s tie for eighth the best result of any Thai player in 2013.
“Since my win I am a lot more confident with my game,” said Chapchai, whose best season on the Asian Tour came in 2007 when he finished in second place on the Order of Merit with over US$440,000 in earnings. “I believe that if I can keep the kind of form I displayed in Malaysia then there is a good opportunity for me to win the Thailand Golf Championship.
“It’s going to be a fun and exciting week for sure,” he added.