Bangkok, Thailand: It’s been more than two decades since Tiger Woods thrilled thronging galleries to triumph at the Thai Country Club.
But the enduring appeal of the Dennis Griffiths-designed course, located on the outskirts of Bangkok, will once more be showcased this week when it plays host to the Thailand Open.
Coming just a year after the opening of the course, Woods’ victory in the 1997 Asian Honda Classic ensured international exposure for the club that is a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Now established as one of the premier venues in the region, the Thai Country Club remains a favourite for many Asian Tour players, as reflected in the strength of the field at this week’s US$300,000 tournament.
Rahil Gangjee will be the highest-ranked player in the elite field. The Indian currently sits in third place on the Habitat for Humanity Standings.
He will be joined in the line-up by new Asian Tour winner John Catlin and in-form Kim Sih-wan.
Australian Scott Hend, the 2016 Asian Tour number one, Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe, Berry Henson of the United States and Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar will also feature in the event which marks the start of the 2018/2019 Panasonic Swing series.
Thailand will also be well represented in the country’s national Open, led by defending champion Rattanon Wannasrichan, Jazz Janewattananond, Danthai Boonma, Panuphol Pittayarat and Pavit Tangkamolprasert, who won his sixth Asian Development Tour title last week.
The Thailand Open will see a charity drive initiated by the Asian Tour’s Sustainable Development Partner, Habitat for Humanity. The non-profit organisation, which focusses on providing low-income families in need of decent shelter, will raise funds by selling merchandise at the Thai Country Club.
Tokyo, Japan: The Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan, one of Asia’s eldest and most respected sporting organisations, has joined the Asian Golf Industry Federation.