a�?I really enjoyed the whole event last year,a�? said the 30-year-old GermanA�Tuesday. a�?I was surprised how big the event is here in Thailand which is why IA�decided to come back. I have many very good memories of the golf courseA�and if I can play one or two shots better here I can finally win.a�?
Twelve months ago Kaymer arrived on the outskirts of Bangkok in the form ofA�his life following a year that had seen him blitz the field by a stunning eightA�strokes at the US Open at Pinehurst while also capturing The PlayersA�Championship. But he had to settle for a share of second place withA�Australian Marcus Fraser, just one stroke behind eventual winner LeeA�Westwood.
That result has given Kaymer a�� winner also of the PGA Championship inA�2010 and a one-time world number one in 2011 a�� a taste for the AmataA�Spring layout, and a confidence that he can lift the Thailand Golf
This year he will line up Thursday against a field that includes two-time winnerA�Westwood once again, as well as 2013 champion Sergio Garcia, two-timeA�Masters champion Bubba Watson, and Europea��s Ryder Cup captain DarrenA�Clarke.
Leading the local charge will be Thailanda��s Asian Tour stars Thongchai JaideeA�and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who have all season long been among the formA�players on the European Tour.
The German said his efforts at Amata Spring last year were still fresh in hisA�memory and had him feeling confident about how his game was shaping up.
a�?I made a lot of good shots last year,a�? said Kaymer who was joined ThursdayA�by an array of stars at the photo call for the Thailand Golf Championship, heldA�at Bangkoka��s famous Vimanmek Mansion.
a�?It has been a long season for all of us but I have been playing really wellA�recently,a�? said Kaymer, who has collected 22 tournament victories so far in hisA�career. a�?The results perhaps haven’t reflected that but this is my lastA�tournament of the year and I’m going to give it a really good go.a�?
Kaymer is among the host of European stars assembled in Thailand this weekA�who will be hoping to grab the eye of Ryder Cup captain Clarke as he beginsA�his preparations for the defence of that crown against the Americans at theA�Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minnesota, come next September.
The German secured his own slice of the Ryder Cup legend when he sankA�the putt that earned the European Team a stunning come-from-behind victoryA�at the 2012 edition of the famous event at Medinah and he is looking to theA�Thailand Golf Championship to help push him up the world rankings, andA�place him firmly in the picture again turning into 2016.
a�?There are a lot of world ranking points at stake here and winning theA�tournament would take care of that,a�? said Kaymer.
About the Thailand Golf Championship
Organized by Gulf Sports Management and IMG, and sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the fifth edition of the Thailand Golf Championship will be staged at the award-winning Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi between 10-13 December. The Championship, the Asian Tour’s season-ending event, has a total prize purse of US$1 million, and has been part of the Open Qualifying Series since 2014. The Thailand Golf Championship will be broadcast globally by Asian Tour Media and in Thailand by TrueVisions.
Former winners of the Championship are: Lee Westwood (2011), Charl Schwartzel (2012), Sergio Garcia (2013) and Lee Westwood (2014).