Fowler eyes win in Bangkok

Thu 05 Dec 2013

Fowler eyes win in Bangkok

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Bangkok, December 5: Colourful American Rickie Fowler hopes to remember his 25th birthday by celebrating a first victory of 2013 at the star-studded Thailand Golf Championship next week. 
Fowler will be amongst a plethora of international stars who will converge at the stunning Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi from December 12-15 alongside title holder Charl Schwartzel, world number three Henrik Stenson, U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, former Masters Tournament winner Bubba Watson and current Asian Tour’s number one Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
The 41sth ranked Fowler is looking forward to a memorable debut in the US$1 million full-field Asian Tour tournament, conceding he has endured a “slow year” which has yielded five top-10s.
“It was a little bit of a slow year for me.  Not exactly the way I wanted to play, but I felt like I learned a lot this year, and it was a good year to grow as a player, and definitely going to help me moving forward. But I would like to have had more times being in contention, and to have more chances at winning.  But look forward to changing that next year. I'm excited to come see Bangkok,” said Fowler, who turns 25 on December 13.
He was convinced by his close friend Watson to sign up for the Thailand Golf Championship after the latter enjoyed a strong debut with a tied second finish behind Schwartzel 12 months ago.
“Bubba is one of my best friends on Tour. I know he's excited about coming back.  He was there last year and had a great time.  He was a little influential on getting me to come this year just seeing how much fun, how much he enjoyed the tournament in Bangkok. So I think all the guys from hearing some positives experiences from other guys that have played there, we are all looking forward to coming over,” said Fowler today.
Amongst his goals for 2014 include qualiying for his second Ryder Cup appearance apart from contending in the Major championships and winning a second title on the PGA Tour.
“Making the Ryder Cup Team is definitely a big goal of mine. Playing well through the FedExCup Playoffs, and then being in contention at Majors. Obviously I'd like to win as many tournaments as possible, but it's tough to put an exact number on that,” said Fowler, who holds one victory on the PGA Tour.
With his maternal grandfather being Japanese, Fowler hopes to play a bit more in Asia, in particular in Japan. He has won once as well in Korea and also featured in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, finishing tied 19th in October.
“I think it's definitely key to play around the world and grow my fan base everywhere.  Being a quarter Japanese and involved in Asian culture, I enjoy playing all through Asia, having that little bit of connection. It's fun for me,” he said.
Fowler learned to play the game from his Japanese grandfather and said the Asian culture has helped him manage himself better on the golf course.
“He was the one that actually introduced me to the game of golf. So I've spent a lot of time around him when I was a young kid, and been around kind of somewhat of the Japanese upbringing and culture that way. I think a lot of how I was influenced by my parents and grandparents is seen through how I act on the golf course or how I may handle myself,” he said.
“I try not to show much emotion; you're not going to see me throwing clubs or anything like that. That was kind of brought on me early; if anything like that were to happen, I think my mom would have taken me off the golf course!  So try and be a role model and I think that's something that is taught in Asian culture.”
About the Thailand Golf Championship
The primary organizers of the event are Gulf Sports Management, the Asian Tour and IMG. They have been well supported by both government and private organizations such as Siam Commercial Bank, Gulf JP, Toyota, Tourism Authority of Thailand, PTT, PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited, Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Thaioil, IRPC, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Omega, Nooter / Eriksen, Samithivej Hospital, Starwood, CNN, SuperSports, Heineken, Ricoh, Graham Beck Wines, EST Cola, Panasonic, Srixon, Central Pattana, Bangkok Post and Amata Spring Country Club.
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. Children below the age of 16 and senior citizens 60-years-old and over can enjoy Thailand Golf Championship for free. Special offers for SCB Credit Card, PTT Blue Card, SPG Member Card and Samitivej Patient and Staff Card holders are available till December 11, 2013. Please call 02-262-3456 or visit www.thaiticketmajor.com for details.
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. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) 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.