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Golf: Schwartzel confirms defence of Thailand Golf Championship

 

South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, won last year's Thailand Golf Championship by 11 shots. Photo: Asian Tour.

South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, won last year’s Thailand Golf Championship by 11 shots. Photo: Asian Tour.

August 14, 2013: Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel will defend his Thailand Golf Championship crown at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, just outside Bangkok, from December 12-15.

 

The slender Schwartzel, whose 16 professional wins include the 2011 Masters Tournament, dominated a strong field to win last year’s Thailand Golf Championship by an extraordinary 11-shot margin after carding just one bogey over 72 holes.

 

The South African was runner-up to Lee Westwood in the inaugural event in 2011 so is hoping to continue his run of form at Amata Spring, which last year hosted the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship won by Chinese teenager Guan Tianlang.

 

“I am very much looking forward to coming back to Thailand, which is one of my favourite places anywhere in the world to visit and play,” said Schwartzel, currently World No. 15.

 

“There is something about Amata Spring Country Club that seems to bring out the best in me, and I hope I can bring my ‘A’ game again this year and defend my title. The Thais love their golf and I hope to see them out on the course in December.”

 

Inaugurated in 2011, the US$1 million Asian Tour event has attracted several of the world’s top golfers to each of the first two events and established itself as one of the biggest golf events in Southeast Asia.

 

In 2012, the tournament was broadcast live to over 180 countries and 640 million homes. This year’s event will be broadcast through Asian Tour Global TV and TrueVisions.

 

Tickets are available at Thaiticketmajor and cost THB300 for each for the first two rounds, THB400 for the third round and THB500 for the final round. A four-day package ticket is THB800.

 

For more ticket information, call 02-262-3456 or visit www.thaiticketmajor.com

For more tournament information, visit: www.thailandgolfchampionship.com

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