Dufner eyes winning debut in Chiangmai

Sat 08 Nov 2014

Dufner eyes winning debut in Chiangmai

Chiangmai, Thailand, November 8: Major champion Jason Dufner hopes to make the most out of his debut at the US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT which will also be his first visit to Thailand next week.
The American will headline the Asian Tour event alongside title holder Scott Hend of Australia, Major champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and reigning Asian number one Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand at the majestic Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai.
“It will be my first time to Thailand and I’m excited. I know my wife wants to ride some elephants if we have the chance! I know it sounds touristy but these are the great things about travelling to different countries. You get to experience the culture and share the game of golf to people,” said Dufner.
The Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT will be Dufner’s fourth tournament since returning from a neck injury which put him on the side lines for more than a month and caused him to slip down the Official World Golf Ranking where he is currently ranked 35th.
“My game is shaping up nicely. I played okay in Australia. I had some rust in my game but still had a lot of things going for me. Most importantly, my health is better and hopefully I can challenge for the title in Thailand,” he said.
“I didn't have the best of years this year or the worst of years, but I ended up dropping close to 20 spots in the World Rankings, so that shows you how competitive the game is.  I enjoy playing in these big tournaments,” added Dufner.
He is bracing himself for a challenging week as the leading Asian Tour lights including Hend, who won his sixth Asian Tour title at the Hong Kong Open last month, will form an exciting line-up next week.
“You know, being a competitive person, wanting to play at a high level, this game always keeps you sharp.  It's very tough to stay at the top.  There's lots of good players.  Guys are always trying to get better, play at a higher level, so you always have to stay on your game,” said the 37-year-old Dufner.
The Chiangmai Golf Classic will promote Chiangmai as a leading golfing and tourist destination through the four days of live broadcasts on the Asian Tour’s global television platform, which reaches over 180 countries and 625 million homes.
The Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai, designed by Ron M. Garl, is located in a valley between mountain ranges in the heart of the San Kampaeng natural forests and boasts of natural beauty.
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 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
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. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.