Bangkok, Thailand: The Thailand Golf Championship has been confirmed as part of The Open Qualifying Series (OQS).
A total of four places at the 2015 Open, to be held at St Andrews, will be up for grabs.
The Thailand Golf Championship’s newly acquired status as part of The Open Qualifying Series means there will be an extra edge to proceedings at Amata Spring Country Club from December 11-14.
Dominic Wall, Asia-Pacific Director of The R&A, said: “The R&A is pleased to confirm that the Thailand Golf Championship will become part of The Open Qualifying Series. Beginning with the 2014 event in December, players from throughout Asia will have the opportunity to secure places in The Open Championship, which will be played next year at St Andrews.”
Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A, added; “We are delighted to welcome the Thailand Golf Championship to the Open Qualifying Series. It is one of the most prestigious events on the Asian Tour and is played at an outstanding venue in Amata Spring.
“Both the Tour and the club have been extremely supportive and we are looking forward to a great championship with the added incentive of four places in The Open at stake.”
Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han said: “The Asian Tour is delighted that the Thailand Golf Championship will now be part of The Open Qualifying Series. This new status will provide additional motivation for our talented members to shoot for glory and fight for places in The Open Championship in 2015.”
Joining Asia’s leading lights in the field at Amata Spring will be Major winners Ernie Els, Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer, defending champion Sergio Garcia and fellow European Ryder Cup players Lee Westwood and Victor Dubuisson.