"Watson, Garcia commit to Thailand Golf Championship"

Thu 05 Sep 2013

"Watson, Garcia commit to Thailand Golf Championship"

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Bangkok, September 5:  2012 Masters Tournament champion Bubba Watson and former world number two Sergio Garcia will return to contest this year’s Thailand Golf Championship at the stunning Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok, from December 12 to 15.
Famed for his flamboyant playing style known as ‘Bubba Golf’, the left-handed Watson, currently ranked 22nd in the world, is aiming to go one better this year following his runner-up finish in 2012 to South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, who also recently confirmed he will return to defend his title on the Asian Tour.
“I played well last year, and the course at Amata Spring suits me really well,” said Watson.   “Charl was phenomenal last year.  He was on a roll and it was hard to stay with him but I feel this is a tournament I can win. I feel I’ve been hitting the ball great all year, but I haven’t been able to get it over the line. I would love to end my season with a big win in Thailand.
“I had a great experience last year.  The tournament was really well organised and the staff and volunteers were awesome. Thailand is fantastic and Bangkok is one of my favourite cities in the world, so I can’t wait to go back this year,” he added.
Ranked 17th in the world, 33-year-old Garcia will returns to The Thailand Golf Championship for the third time following a very respectable fourth place finish last year:
IJO Garcia“The Thailand Golf Championship is a tremendous tournament with a top class field at one of the best kept golf courses in the world. The Thais also know how to look after you and I always enjoy myself there and that is why I am going back for the third time in as many years.  I have had a fairly good season, finishing fourth last month in Boston and have had a few top 10 finishes so I feel like I’m coming into some good form. Playing the Thailand Golf Championship is a great way to end the year and I’d love to sign off 2013 with a win.”
The Spanish star has 24 professional wins on his resume, with his most recent coming in December 2012 when he won in Malaysia on the Asian Tour.  After something of a career downturn, Garcia returned to form in 2011 and has enjoyed considerable success over the last three years, including playing a key role in Europe’s phenomenal Ryder Cup win at Medinah Country Club last year. One of the most charismatic players in the game today, El Niño, as he is fondly known, has had a consistent 2013, finishing tied eighth at The Masters in April and making the cut in all but one tournament he has entered.
With a total prize fund of US$1 million, the prestigious Thailand Golf 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.

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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), 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