Three of Asiaa��s in-form stars are looking to carry their consistency along with their golf clubs into a US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship that has lured some of the best players on the planet to the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi from 10-13 December.
South Koreaa��s two highest-ranked players, world number 31 An Byeong Hun and the number 58-ranked K.T. Kim, will be joined by Japanese superstar Shingo Katayama for the Asian Toura��s showcase event and are relishing the challenge ahead.
a�?As professionals we have to maintain our game at the highest level because golf is all about consistency,a�? said the 24-year-old An, who won the European Toura��s BMW PGA Championship in May. a�?Thata��s especially the case when you are facing a field of the worlda��s top players like we will see at the Thailand Golf Championship. Ia��ve had a great year so far, Ia��m feeling good about my game, and I cana��t wait to get over to Amata Spring.a�?
Waiting for the South Korean will be a Thailand Golf Championship field loaded with talent and boasting two-time winner Lee Westwood, the 2013 champion Sergio Garcia, last year’s runner-up Martin Kaymer, and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson.
In-form Thai stars Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat will lead the charge for the Asian Tour, having both enjoyed stellar seasons.
The same can be said about the 29-year-old Kim, who is number one on the Japan Golf Tour money list after five victories this season, and hoping to end 2015 ranked in the worlda��s top 50 and thereby secure an invitation at the Masters at Augusta in April.
Places in the Asian Toura��s EurAsia Cup in January are also up for grabs for the regiona��s best players at Amata Spring, adding even more intrigue to the season-ending event.
a�?There is much to play for at the Thailand Golf Championship, with its prestige, the prize money, and the world ranking points on offer as 2015 comes to an end,a�? said Kim, whose wins this year included the Diamond Cup Golf, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour.
a�?It should be a fantastic week for all of us out on the course as well as all the famous Thai hospitality we know helps makes the tournament a great way to end the season.a�?
For the 42-year-old Katayama, the Thailand Golf Championship will bring the curtain down on a year that has included an incredible 29th Japan Tour title, a victory that moved him to sixth on that Toura��s list of all-time winners.
a�?Ita��s been a great year for me and victory at the Thailand Golf Championship would be the perfect way to finish,a�? said Katayama.
a�?Looking at the players who are heading to Amata Spring, I know this will be a very hard tournament to win but thata��s why we play this game a�� because ita��s always such a challenge.a�?