Immelman aims to restore past glory #KingsCup

Tue 26 Jul 2016

Immelman aims to restore past glory #KingsCup

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Pattaya, Thailand, July 26: Major winner Trevor Immelman of South Africa believes he can still conjure a masterful performance when the King’s Cup presented by PTT Group gets underway at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
Immelman, who is making his return to Thailand for the first time since 2004, is also relishing the challenge of coming up against some of the best players from the Asian Tour that includes defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand.
“We’ve got a nice field assembled here. It’s great the Asian Tour and European Tour are getting together, in a partnership for an event like this.
“Life has changed tremendously since 2004 when I first started coming over here. It has been a tough run but I feel like I’m fit and ready to go,” said Immelman.
Immelman is hoping to rediscover the heights of his career when he won the Masters tournament in 2008 and reached his highest ever ranking of 12th on the official world golf rankings in 2007.
The South African has been dogged by injuries and health scares throughout his career. A left wrist injury curtailed the 36-year-old’s form, leaving him still in search for his first professional since 2013 where he won on the Web.com Tour.
“Obviously I haven’t been playing to the standard that I would like. Not through the lack of effort as I’ve been working very hard. I would like to improve and give myself chances to win tournaments.
“So hopefully this can be the week I can put things together and put together some good scores,” said Immelman.
Sweden’s Johan Edfors is also seeking to make his return to the winner’s circle after staying injury-free since the start of the year.
The Swede’s last victory came in 2014 on the European Challenge Tour but is confident of posting a strong result with his current form.
“I haven’t play much tournaments this year but the game is starting to come around so I’m hoping for a fresh start this week.
“I’ve been injury-free since the start of the year and I’ve been able to practice more. The competition will be tough but I know if I play my best, I’ll be up there,” said the two-time Asian Tour winner.
Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij is also hoping to repeat his 2012 success where he lifted his maiden Asian Tour title at the King’s Cup.
Victory was especially sweet for the 27-year-old as he fended off the challenges from the region’s heavyweights including Singapore’s Mardan Mamat and Thaworn to claim his breakthrough during his rookie season on the Asian Tour.
“I’m very excited about this week. I’ve been working a lot on my swing change and it’s finally coming along really nicely.
“So this is the perfect opportunity for me to test it out and see where my hard work get me,” said Arnond.
For the first time in the history of the King’s Cup, the tournament will be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour and local viewers will get the chance to catch all four days of live action on the TrueVisions network in Thailand from July 28-31.
The field for the King’s Cup will comprise of 90 players from the Asian Tour, 25 from The European Tour, 25 from Thailand PGA and 16 invite spots. Prize money earned from the tournament will count towards the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit and also on the Race to Dubai ranking on The European Tour.
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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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf , www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf , www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf
About The European Tour
The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2016, the European Tour International Schedule features 47 tournaments in 27 countries, all part of the Race to Dubai, the year-long competition which crowns the European Tour Number One at the end of the season, a title claimed in 2015 by Rory McIlroy for the third time.
Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 24 Members celebrate a total of 50 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed ten Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on Tour.
The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which features 28 tournaments in 22 countries in 2016, and the Senior Tour, which features 13 tournaments in nine countries in 2016. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup.
The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to over 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Emirates and Titleist as Official Partners.