Kiradech relishing home coronation party

Tue 10 Dec 2013

Kiradech relishing home coronation party

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Bangkok, December 10: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat intends to put on a strong showing at the Thailand Golf Championship starting on Thursday as part of his coronation as the new king of the Asian Tour.
The home hero is keen to perform strongly at the Amata Spring Country Club to also propel into the world’s top-50 and earn opportunities to play in some of the world’s biggest events, including the Masters Tournament next year.
Currently ranked 61st on the Official World Golf Ranking, Kiradech plans to eclipse the stars gathered at Amata Spring following an outstanding 2013 season which includes one victory and five other top-five finishes on the Asian Tour.
“It’s an important week. I’ve got an opportunity to get into the top-50. It’s tough to win this event as it’s a strong field but it’s a good chance for me to move up by 11 rungs. It’s been a successful year and I want to enjoy this week. Hopefully I can do well and try to be in the top-50 to play some events in the States,” said the 24-year-old.
With his two career victories being in Malaysia and India, the burly Thai would dearly love to win the Thailand Golf Championship to repay the faith and support that his friends, family and fans have put on him.
However, he must deal with a terrific line-up of stars who include world number three Henrik Stenson of Sweden, the fourth ranked Justin Rose of England, title holder Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, former Masters Tournament champion Bubba Watson, Spaniard Sergio Garcia and American Rickie Fowler.
A stellar Asian Tour cast which consists of five Order of Merit champions, eight of the current top-10 players on the rankings and 48 Tour champions will also tee up at the Thailand Golf Championship.
Golf legend Thongchai Jaidee, the only man to win three Merit crowns and named last week as Asian captain for the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM against Europe, will also carry the Thai challenge.
“It’s my second tournament of the year in Thailand and I’ve got a lot of support from my family and friends. I’ll try to show to them my best form and show to them that Asian players can compete with the world-class players,” said Kiradech.
“I can say that the course suits my game. It’s a long course. I’ve heard they added some bunkers and increased the rough to make it tougher. It’s always in good condition and a true championship course. My game has been on form in the past few months. I’ve been playing good golf and I just want to keep going well,” added the Thai, who won the Open Championship International Final Qualifying at Amata Spring earlier this year and was sixth in last year’s Thailand Golf Championship.
With Australian Scott Hend, ranked second behind Kiradech on the Merit list, not playing here this week, the Thai is virtually assured of being crowned the 2013 Asian Tour number one.
“It's a good opportunity to win right now. I’ve had a successful year and to win the Order of Merit was my goal for the year,” said Kiradech, who has earned over US$1.1 million this season.
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.