Bangkok: Local favourite Kiradech Aphibarnrat will look to follow up on his impressive tied-fifth place finish in the individual category of the World Cup of Golf with a good showing at the Thailand Golf Championship in two weeks’ time.
Taking place at the picturesque Amata Spring Country Club from Dec 12-15, the current leader of the Asian Tour Order of Merit is hoping his big-hitting game and experience of playing at the course will help him become the first home winner of the prestigious tournament.
“I have had a lot of opportunities to play at Amata Spring Country Club so I know the course quite well. The course suits long hitters and that’s why I play quite well there. I am quite happy with my form and with the way I am striking the ball, so, if I focus on my putting, I will have a good chance of finishing at the top.”
Inaugurated in 2011, the Thailand Golf Championship has assumed an extremely important role in the development of golf for local talent and upcoming players from around Asia.
The Championship provides a platform for these golfers from around the region to compete against Major Champions and Tour winners from all corners of the globe.
The 24-year-old, who has already tasted success through winning the Maybank Malaysian Open in March this year, believes young Thai players, including himself, can benefit from participating in events like the Thailand Golf Championship:
“For Thai players, and the new generation, if you want to take that step (to make it on the professional tour), you have to compete at this kind of events (like the Thailand Golf Championship) to let you see how you are playing. You need to keep challenging so you can improve (your game).
The burly Thai finished tied sixth in last year’s Thailand Golf Championship and showed his liking for Amata Spring by topping the Open Championship International Final Qualifying earlier this year to earn his Major debut.