Archive: THAILAND GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 2013
AMERICAN DUO FOWLER AND MAHAN TO JOIN THE HUNT FOR THAILAND GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP CROWN
World number 26 and two-time World Golf Championships (WGC) winner Mahan was a key member of the US squad that beat the International team at last weekend’s Presidents Cup in Ohio. The 31-year-old recorded a couple of satisfying wins that included a win in the Four-Ball with teammate Brandt Snedeker over Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. The Colleyville native is excited about returning to Chonburi to challenge for the Thailand Golf Championship crown.
With eight career tour wins and two top 10 finishes in Majors this year, Mahan has had a solid year and is looking forward returning to Thailand to improve on his tied-22nd finish last year:
“It has been a good year for me. I have had some great results and a number of top-10s, but I am still looking for my first win. Amata Spring is a beautiful course and one that suits my game very well. It would certainly be a great place to finish the year with a victory. I am definitely up for the challenge.”
Ranked number 33 in the world, 24-year-old Fowler is one of the most exciting young players in the game today. After a stellar amateur career, the precocious American turned professional in 2009. He was crowned PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2010, representing USA in the Ryder Cup in his debut professional season. Fowler has two professional wins to his name, the most recent being the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship where he beat former world number one, Rory McIlroy, into second place.
An edgy and larger-than-life character with a Japanese grandfather, the 2013 Thailand Golf Championship will be Fowler’s first appearance in a full-field Asian Tour event. With his colourful dress sense and aggressive approach on the course, the young Californian is a crowd favourite and he is eagerly anticipating his first visit to the Kingdom of Thailand:
“I am really excited about my first trip to Thailand as I’ve heard so many great things about the country. I love to travel and guys on the Tour who have played in Thailand like Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan have told me how much they love it so I thought it was about time I came to see for myself. I’m looking forward to the food and the famous Thai hospitality and of course the wonderful golf.”
The third edition of Thailand Golf Championship will host the most well-known faces in world golf with defending champion and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel, 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose and 2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson, as well as Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson, who recently claimed both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup crowns already confirmed.
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 sports destination and regional event hub. In 2013, the tournament will be broadcasted live to 200 countries and 800 million homes worldwide.
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, TAT, PTT, PTTGC, PTTEP, AOT, EGAT, Thaioil, IRPC, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Omega, Nooter / Eriksen, Samithivej Hospital, Starwood, CNN, SuperSports, Heineken, Ricoh and Amata Spring Country Club.
Thailand Golf Championship tickets are available from 15 October 2013 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
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