Kiradech aims for repeat at Ballantine's Championship

Fri 19 Apr 2013

Kiradech aims for repeat at Ballantine's Championship

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Seoul, April 19: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat will be looking forward to claim another major scalp when he tees off against some of the world’s best players at the Ballantine’s Championship which returns to the Blackstone Golf Club from April 25-28.
The €2.2 million showpiece will be the first event to be played in Korea on the Asian Tour this season and is sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Korea PGA.
Kiradech, who currently leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit, held off a host of star players to win his first co-sanctioned title in Malaysia last month and is ready to repeat his victorious feat at the Ballantine’s Championship next week.
With the sixth edition of the Ballantine’s Championship headlined by 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen as well as American Ryder Cup stars Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson, Kiradech wants to prove that he can stay equal to the task again.
“I try to finish as high as possible with every tournament that I compete in. I’m enjoying a good run of form and I’m feeling very confident about my game, especially after my win in Malaysia,” said Kiradech.
Kiradech is among over 30 champions from the Asian Tour poised to ignite the rivalry with their counterparts from the European Tour at the Ballantine’s Championship.
Other Asian Tour stars expected to feature prominently at the Ballantine’s Championship include India’s Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar and Australia’s Scott Hend, winner of the Chiangmai Golf Classic last month.
Bhullar, who trails Kiradech on the Order of Merit by slightly under US$350,000 in second place, is ready to play catch-up when he steps up to the tee at the Ballantine’s Championship.
“My goal is to win the Order of Merit this season. I’ve gained lots of confidence from my second placed finish at the Avantha Masters and I’m look forward to playing well again,” said Bhullar, a four-time Asian Tour winner.
Past and present Asian Tour Order of Merit winners which include three-time Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, compatriot Thaworn Wiratchant, India’s Jeev Milkha Singh and China’s Liang Wen-chong will also be looking to vie for top honours.
To date, Thongchai and Australia’s Marcus Fraser remain as the only Asian Tour players to have won the Ballantine’s Championship in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
The Ballantine’s Championship was established in 2008 and builds on Ballantine’s long-standing association with golf.
In addition to the Championship, Ballantine’s sponsors several top-flight players and events, as well as invests in grass-roots activity such as the Golf Fund in China and the Road to the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea.
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About Ballantine’s
Ballantine’s is the No 2 ultra-premium Scotch whisky in Asia, No 1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the range sells over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 129 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.
•          Ballantine’s has been title sponsor of the Ballantine’s Championship since 2008
•          Ballantine’s is an official sponsor of the BMW Masters, The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open & The World Cup of Golf
•          The first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played in 1960 at Wentworth Golf Club, England
About Chivas Brothers
Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.
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), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), 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