Thai golf boosted by fourth Asian Tour event
Thailand’s reputation as a hub for golf was burnished Monday after
Asian Tour organisers said they will add the new Chiang Mai Golf Classic
to the schedule next year, a fourth event for the kingdom.
The inaugural tournament will star some of Asia’s best players
including Thai heroes Thongchai Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant -- the
tour’s current Order of Merit leader -- the Asian Tour said in a
Thongchai, the only player to win three Order of Merit crowns, hailed
the Chiang Mai event as “a wonderful development for the game” showing
“the growing strength of the Asian Tour”.
Thailand’s players have enjoyed a strong season this year with
Thaworn topping the tour money list with one event to play, Prom
Meesawat in sixth and Chapchai Nirat in ninth. There was more good news
on Sunday after 20-year-old Thitiphun Chuayprakong came joint-second in
the Thailand Golf Championship behind 2011 US Masters winner Charl
Schwartzel and tied with this year’s Augusta victor Bubba Watson.“The
launch of a new event is fantastic and exciting for the Asian Tour and
“It will have a positive effect on the game here and inject new
impetus for many more great players to emerge from the Kingdom,” tour
executive chairman Kyi Hla Han said. The event, which will have a
$750,000 purse, will be held between March 28-31 at the Alpine Golf
Resort-Chiang Mai, joining the Queen’s Cup, King’s Cup and Thailand Golf
Championship on the Asian Tour calendar.