Thailand Golf Championship 2015

The Thailand Golf Championship is a professional golf tournament on the Asian Tour.

Top Guns Ready for Asia’s Flagship Tournament at Amata Spring Country Club
Some of the world’s most recognizable faces in golf are in Bangkok this December to compete in Asia’s flagship tournament

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Lee Westwood

England

Date of Birth : 24 April 1973
Birthplace : Worksop, England
Turned Pro : 1993
Professional Wins : 42
Wins Include:
Thailand Golf Championship (2014 and 2011)
Maybank Malaysian Open (2014)
Nordea Masters (2012)
Dubai World Championship (2009)​
Official World Golf Ranking : 55​*
*As of 30 November

The former World No. 1, Lee Westwood is one of the most successful English golfers of all time having racked up 23 European Tour victories and 19 other wins around the world. A hero for Europe in numerous Ryder Cups, the 42-year-old put in a dominating performance at the inaugural TGC in 2011 when he opened up with a course-record 60 on his way to a seven-shot margin of victory. Last year, Westwood repeated his victory at Amata Spring when he shot a brilliant 67 on the final day to overtake Martin Kaymer and Marcus Fraser in dramatic fashion. Such is his reputation among British sports fans, Westwood was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2011.

Sergio Garcia​

Spain

Date of Birth : 9 January 1980
Birthplace : Castellon, Spain​
Turned Pro : 1999​
Professional Wins : 27​
Wins Include:
Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (2014)
Thailand Golf Championship (2013)
Wyndham Championship (2012)
The Players Championship (2008)​
Official World Golf Ranking : 12​*
*As of 30 November
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Widely acknowledged as among the best ball-strikers in the game, Sergio Garcia made an immediate impact after turning professional at the age of 19 when he won his first European Tour title, the Irish Open, in just his sixth event. Although he has yet to win that elusive first major championship title, the supremely talented Spaniard has proved to be one of the most charismatic champions of the last 15 years. A hero for Europe on numerous occasions at the Ryder Cup, Sergio has been a regular visitor to Amata Spring, playing every single edition of the TGC. The highlight of his time in Thailand undoubtedly came in 2013 when he made a hole-in-one in the final round en route to a four-shot victory over Henrik Stenson. The result lifted the then 33-year-old back into the world’s top 10.

Previous TGC Form : 9 (2014), 1 (2013), 4 (2012), 24 (2011)

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Bubba Watson​

United States

Date of Birth : 5 November 1978​
Birthplace : Bagdad, Florida​
Turned Pro : 2003​
Professional Wins : 10
Wins Include:
Travelers Championship (2015 and 2010)
WGC-HSBC Champions (2014)
Masters Tournament (2014 and 2012)
Northern Trust Open (2014)​
Official World Golf Ranking : 4*
*As of 30 November

Is there a more talented shot-maker in the world? Bubba Watson can do things with a golf ball that have to be seen to be believed – and it is that natural ability that has taken him to the very pinnacle of the game. The colourful left-hander first rose to international prominence in 2010 when he earned his first PGA Tour victory. Later that same year, he would narrowly lose out to Martin Kaymer in a three-hole play-off for the US PGA title at Whistling Straits. It didn’t take long for major glory to arrive, however. In 2012, Bubba overcame Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off to earn the first of his two Green Jackets, the prize that goes to the winner of the Masters Tournament. At the end of that same year, Bubba made his debut at the TGC, finishing in a share of second behind South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel.

Previous TGC Form : T-25 (2014), T-30 (2013), T-2 (2012)

Martin Kaymer​

Germany

Date of Birth : 28 December 1984​
Birthplace : Dusseldorf, Germany​
Turned Pro : 2005​
Professional Wins : 22
Wins Include:
US Open (2014)
The Players Championship (2014)
WGC-HSBC Champions (2011)
US PGA Championship (2010)​
Official World Golf Ranking : 26​*
*As of 30 November
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Martin Kaymer has achieved great success in a very short period of time. The most famous German golfer since Bernhard Langer, Martin made his European Tour debut in 2007 and within three years he was a major champion, having seen off Bubba Watson in a play-off for the 2010 US PGA Championship. One of golf’s most articulate professionals, Martin, who became World No. 1 in 2011 after his runner-up finish at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, sank the putt that earned the European Team a stunning come-from-behind victory at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah. The 30-year-old made his TGC debut last year, finishing in a share of second with Australia’s Marcus Fraser behind his Ryder Cup teammate Lee Westwood. That performance at Amata Spring came just four months after Martin blitzed the field at Pinehurst to win the US Open by a staggering eight shots.

Previous TGC Form : T-2 (2014)

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Thongchai Jaidee

Thailand

Date of Birth : 8 November 1969
Birthplace : Lop Buri, Thailand
Turned Pro : 1999
Professional Wins : 18
Wins Include:
Porsche European Open (2015)
Nordea Masters (2014)
ISPS Handa Wales Open (2012)
Ballantine’s Championship (2009)​
Official World Golf Ranking : 28*
*As of 30 November

One of the most likeable personalities in elite tour golf, Thongchai Jaidee, a former paratrooper in the Royal Thai Army, didn’t turn professional until the age of 30, but he has made up for lost time by becoming one of the most consistent players to have ever emerged from Asia. A three-time winner of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, the Thai legend claimed his first win on European soil at the Wales Open in 2012 and has been in fine form this season, too. Victory at the Porsche European Open in September came just before he made his debut for the International Team at the Presidents Cup, which was held in Korea. After some good finishes at the TGC in previous years, Thongchai will be looking to ensure the trophy stays in Thailand this time around.

Previous TGC Form : T-6 (2014), T-10 (2013), T-17 (2012), RTD (2011)

Darren Clarke​

Northern Ireland

Date of Birth : 14 August 1968​
Birthplace : Dungannon, Northern Ireland​
Turned Pro : 1990​
Professional Wins : 22
Wins Include:
The Open (2011)
Iberdrola Open (2011)
KLM Open (2008)
BMW Asian Open (2008)​
Official World Golf Ranking : 573​*
*As of 30 November
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The ever-popular Darren Clarke, who will captain the European team at next year’s Ryder Cup, has enjoyed a distinguished career, one that has seen him capture titles in all corners of the world. Darren’s finest moment came at the 140th Open in 2011, where he held off Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson to clinch a thrilling victory at Royal St George’s. The highlight came five years after he inspired Europe to an emotionally charged Ryder Cup win over the United States at The K Club, having been picked as a wildcard. The 47-year-old is a dedicated worker for charity through his Darren Clarke Foundation and he was made an Honorary Member of the European Tour in 2011, the same year he was awarded an OBE.

Previous TGC Form : T-50 (2014), T-22 (2012), T-58 (2011)

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat​

Thailand

Date of Birth : 23 July 1989​
Birthplace : Bangkok, Thailand​
Turned Pro : 2008​
Professional Wins : 6
Wins Include:
Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay (2015)
Shenzhen International (2015)
Maybank Malaysian Open (2013)
SAIL Open (2011)​
Official World Golf Ranking : 40​*
*As of 30 November

One of the most exciting young players in golf, Bangkok-born Kiradech Aphibarnrat has become a favourite of fans across the world thanks to his powerful hitting and aggressive on-course style. But there’s a lot more to the 26-year-old than simply hitting a long ball. A former winner of the Junior World Golf Championship, Kiradech has shown he can mix it with the best in the sport since he made the transition to the professional ranks. He has claimed three European Tour titles – including two this year in China and Scotland respectively – and played a leading role for the Asian Team at the 2014 EurAsia Cup, which was held in Malaysia.

Previous TGC Form : T-10 (2014), T-18 (2013), T-6 (2012), T-70 (2011)

Thomas Bjørn​

Denmark

Date of Birth : 18 February 1971
Birthplace : Silkeborg, Denmark
Turned Pro : 1993​
Professional Wins : 21
Wins Include:
Nedbank Golf Challenge (2013)
Omega European Masters (2013 and 2011)
Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles (2011)
Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (2011)
Official World Golf Ranking : 207​*
*As of 30 November
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One of the European Tour’s most prominent players over the past 20 years, Thomas Bjørn is a Danish golfing legend. A winner of 21 professional tournaments, Bjørn – who is fondly known as the ‘Great Dane’ – made his Ryder Cup debut in 1997 and would go on to represent Europe again in 2002 and 2014. A formidable iron player, Bjørn has three runner-up finishes in major championships – the most notable occasion being at The Open in 2003 at Royal St George’s when he narrowly lost out to Ben Curtis. He will be making his Thailand Golf Championship debut this week.

Previous TGC Form : Debut appearance