Schwartzel ready to defend title

Wed 14 Aug 2013

Schwartzel ready to defend title

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Bangkok, August 14: 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel will defend his Thailand Golf Championship crown at the picturesque Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, just outside Bangkok, from December 12 to 15, 2013.
The Thailand Golf Championship will once again see many of the world’s top golfers competing alongside the Asian Tour’s best with significant Official World Golf Ranking points on offer.
Inaugurated in 2011, the tournament has already firmly established itself as Thailand’s leading sports event and one of the biggest golf events in the region, attracting worldwide attention from media and spectators.
Currently ranked 15th in the world with 16 professional wins to his name, the slender Schwartzel dominated a world-class field to win the 2012 Thailand Golf Championship by an extraordinary 11 shots, carding just a solitary bogey over 72 holes of golf.
The South African has a tremendous track record at Amata Spring as prior to his 2012 win, he was runner-up behind Lee Westwood in the first ever Thailand Golf Championship in 2011 and he’s hoping to continue his run of results at this year’s tournament.
“I am very much looking forward to coming back to Thailand, which is one of my favourite places anywhere in the world to visit and play. There is something about Amata Spring Country Club that seems to bring out the best in me, and I hope I can bring my ‘A’ game to the tournament again this year and defend my title. The Thais love their golf and I hope to see them out on the course in December,” said Schwartzel.
With a total prize fund of US$1 million, the prestigious Championship aims to help develop professional golf within the region and promote Thailand as an international sporting destination and regional event hub. In 2012, the tournament was broadcasted live to over 180 countries and 640 million homes.
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 SCB, Gulf JP, Toyota Motor Thailand, Thailand Tourism Authority, PTT Group, EGAT, PTT Global Chemical, PTT EP, Thai Oil, IRPC, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, OMEGA, NOOTER/ERIKSEN, STARWOOD, RICOH, 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. For more information, please call 02-262-3456 or visit www.thaiticketmajor.com
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), 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