Dufner eyes winning debut in Chiangmai

Wed 12 Nov 2014

Dufner eyes winning debut in Chiangmai

Chiangmai, November 12: Jason Dufner of the United States hopes to end a four-week swing on a winning note at the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT which starts on Thursday.
The Major champion will headline the US$750,000 Asian Tour event alongside Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, home favourite and reigning Order of Merit champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat and title holder Scott Hend of Australia.
After injuring his neck in August, Dufner returned to competitive golf in Perth in October before heading to Malaysia and China, where he finished tied 10th last week.
Jason Dufner visits the Mea Saa Elephant camp before the start of the US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT Photo Credit IMGFeeling healthier and stronger, the American says that he will not be affected by the humid conditions at the beautiful Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai.
“There were some questions if I was being too ambitious playing four weeks in a row after being away for almost 12 weeks. But I’m feeling good and stronger. This will be my last event before I get some time off again to get stronger and make sure I’m ready for the start of next year,” said Dufner.
“I’ve been getting better with my results and game. I’m excited to be here and the conditions are close to what I played on growing up in South Florida. It is hot, humid with Bermuda grass. I’m excited to play in this type of golf conditions,” he explained.
He was disappointed to miss the closing stages of the PGA Tour’s 2013-2014 season but admits that being away from golf has renewed his appetite for success.
“It wasn’t much fun for me on the PGA Tour last season because I missed some big events including the Ryder Cup. It was disappointing but it was nice to get away from the game, to spend some time at home and get healthy.
“It is really hard when you get an injury because it is hard to perform and compete at your best level against the top players in the world. But being a professional golfer, we tend to have the resiliency and the ability to respond to difficult situations,” said Dufner.
Australian Hend, who won his sixth Asian Tour title at the Hong Kong Open last month, is eager to retain the title which he dramatically won after battling back from a six-shot deficit last year.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
“I was very fortunate to shoot a low number in the last round (shot a 64). I had two weeks off in Florida and didn’t touch any golf clubs so I’m trying to work my way back into form and see how it goes. There are some great players here contending for the title so it will be a really good week,” said Hend.
Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Tournament champion, will be aiming for a first win in 2014 in his debut appearance at the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT.
“I am feeling positive about this week. The course looks very nice and my game’s been pretty decent. It has been consistent throughout the year with a few top-10s and top-20s but I have not won yet this year. Maybe it will come this week,” smiled Schwartzel.
The 25-year-old Kiradech hopes to put on a worthy performance in front of the home crowd and improve on his tied fifth result in this event last year.
“It would mean a lot to me if I can win an Asian Tour event on home soil and in front of the home crowd. I had set a high target for myself this week because my family, friends and my golf fans are all here to support me. I would like to put up a strong fight against the elite field,” said Kiradech, a two-time Asian Tour winner.
Four years since becoming the youngest Order of Merit winner, Noh Seung-yul of Korea, who won his first PGA Tour title in April, is excited to return on the Asian Tour and contend for a third win in the region.
Star players L-R Noh Seung-yul of Korea, Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, Scott Hend of Australia, Jason Dufner of the USA and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand Noh, Schwartzel, Hend, Dufner & Kiradech
“It is good to be back on the Asian Tour. It is good to be back to my roots and come back to where I developed my game. Everything is great except for the scorching heat which I can’t control. We have some really good players here this week so that will bring out the best out in me,” said the 23-year-old Noh.
The Chiangmai Golf Classic is supported by PTT Public Company Ltd, Advanced Info Service Plc, Toyota Motor Thailand Co.,Ltd., Siam Commercial Bank PCL, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Provincial Government of Chiangmai, Chiangmai Provincial Administrative Organisation, The Northern Golf Resort Association, Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, Italian-Thai Development PLC, Advanced Information Technology Public Company Ltd, Sport Authority of Thailand, CAT Telecom Public Company Ltd, TOT Public Company Ltd,  Fenix Apparel and Accessories Co. Ltd., Ricoh (Thailand) Limited, Diageo Moet Hennessy Thailand, Panasonic Siew Sales (Thailand) Co. Ltd., Jebsen & Jebsen Technology, Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, Oakley, Furama Chiangmai and Standard Tour Co.,Ltd.
Tickets can now be purchased at Thaiticketmajor at the following price:

Tournament DatesTicket TypesTicket Price*
13 November 2014 (Thursday)Single Day TicketBHT 300BHT 300
14 November 2014 (Friday)Single Day Ticket
15 November 2014 (Saturday)Single Day TicketBHT 400
16 November 2014 (Sunday)Single Day TicketBHT 500
13 - 16 November 2014Seasonal TicketBHT 800
Other discounts and concessions:

  • Free entry for children 16 years old and below

  • Free entry for senior citizens (60 years old and above)

  • 20% Discount for PTT Blue Card members. Only at Thaiticketmajor counters from now to 12 November

  • 20% Discount for AIS customers (press *545*54#call). Only at Thaiticketmajor counters from now to 12 November

About the Asian Tour
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