The Official Page of the Thailand Golf Championship. Date December 11th to 14th, 2014 Host Venue Amata Spring Country Club 700/3-9 Moo 6, T.Nongmaidaeng A.Muang Chonburi 20000 Thailand Tel : +66(0) 38 468888 Fax : +66(0) 38 468808 Email : [email protected] Website : (www.amataspring.co.th) Prize Money US$ 1,000,000 Format of Play The tournament will be played over 72 holes (4 rounds) stroke play.
After 36 holes the field will be cut to the leading 65 players plus ties. Sanctioning Body Asian Tour Promoter Gulf Holding Company Limited (www.gulf.co.th) Tournament Director Jittisak Tamprasert Sponsors & Partners Main Sponsors: PTT Group/GULF/EGAT/SCB/Tourism Authority of Thailand/AOT Host broadcaster & TV Time Four days Live to be shown in Thailand and Worldwide.13:00 to 17:00 from Thursday to Sunday through Asian Tour Media TV distribution platform
RANKINGS BOOST FOR DONALDSON AND WESTWOOD
Following his win on Sunday, Jamie Donaldson moves up into 43nd in the Official Golf World Ranking, while Lee Westwood's joint runner-up finish moved him up into 50th.
Players ending the season inside the top 50 will gain automatic entry to the Masters Tournament and the World Golf Championship events. Donaldson and Westwood are assured of playing in The Open after earning their spots through The Open Qualifying Series in Thailand.
The biggest move of the week, however, came from Frenchman Clement Sordet, who started the week ranked 481st and ended it 238rd after finishing in second alongside Westwood.
PHACHARA HEADING FOR THE OPEN
The Thailand Golf Championship has been a part of The Open Qualifying Series since 2014 and offers four spots at the world's oldest and most international championship for those players who are not already exempt.
The 2015 Thailand Golf Championship saw the top-3 finishers - Jamie Donaldson, Lee Westwood and Clement Sordet - all claim their spots at Royal Troon next summer. Joining them in Scotland will be rising Thai talent Phachara Khongwatmai, who fired a brilliant 66 on Sunday to grab solo sixth spot.
Phachara has a remarkable story. He is only 16 years old and only made it into the field at Amata Spring after Monday qualifying.
"I am now overwhelmed with happiness that I will play in The Open next year," said Phachara.
To the victor go the spoils!
What an amazing final round by Jamie Donaldson to clinch the Thailand Golf Championship on his debut appearance.
The Welshman fired a blistering 65 to win by three shots from two-time champion Lee Westwood and rising French star Clement Sordet on 21-under-par!
Saturday is known as 'Moving Day' - and Clement Sordet of France made a huge move to the top of the leaderboard with a brilliant 63, the joint low-round of the tournament this year.
Clement, who only turned pro earlier this year, stands at -16, two shots ahead of overnight leader Jamie Donaldson and three in front of two-time champ Lee Westwood, who returned a fine 64.
An Byeong-hun is a further shot behind on -12 and Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer are joint fifth on -11.
What a magnificent day of golf. The stage is set for a dramatic final round.
Hope you can join us here at Amata Spring!
A Frenchman on Fire!
Clement Sordet takes the lead following a wonderful eagle at the par-5 15th to move to -8 on the day and -15 overall. #magnifique
The Claret Jug and the King of Thailand Trophy on display by the first tee at Amata Spring.
The Thailand Golf Championship is part of The Open Qualifying Series and there are four spots at The 145th Open, to be staged at Royal Troon next July, up for grabs this week for those players who are not already exempt. Interestingly, that list includes Jamie Donaldson and Lee Westwood
So much to play for here at the Thailand Golf Championship!
The crowds are out in force at Amata Spring today to see a collection of the world's greatest players. They've been treated to some first-class golf, with Jamie Donaldson making the turn for home with a two-shot lead. Asian Tour
The final group is through nines hole of the third round. Scoring as follows:
1 Jamie Donaldson -15
2 Martin Kaymer -13
3 Clement Sordet -12
4 Matthew Fitzpatrick -11
5 Sergio Garcia -10
6 An Byeong-hun -9
7= Jbe Kruger -8
Lee Westwood -8
What a leaderboard!
France's Clement Sordet making the most of his invitation to compete this week ... the 22-year-old is 5-under on the day through 9 holes and up into solo third place. What a performance!
Sordet only turned pro this year and won on his fourth start on the European Challenge Tour at the Northern Ireland Open. He's clearly a great talent.
Jbe Kruger shoots 64 to make a huge move up the leaderboard.
"I made some good putts and I hit the ball really well today," said the South African. "I wasn’t really thinking of the magical 59 because I haven’t been able to make any putts lately. It’s great to get off to a hot start. I was just trying to hit it as good as I can out there.
"We have got world-class golfers here this week and it will be hard to catch them but I know if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. I’m very happy with my round today. It’s a great move up the leaderboard. I hope to continue playing well tomorrow."
Well played, sir!
South Africa's Jbe Kruger has plenty to smile about today. He's 7-under through 10 holes of the third round and up into a share of eighth. Can he match or even better Lee Westwood's course record of 60? Asian Tour
What a day we have in store here for the 3rd round!
Selected tee times:
09:15: Randhawa, Katayama, Watson
09:25: Fraser, Chawrasia, Aphibarnrat
09:35: Henson, Knutzon, Lombard
09:45: Jaidee, Lascuna, Lipsky
10:00: Clarke, Colsaerts, Jin (a)
10:10: Sakulpolphaisan, Blaauw, Srithong
10:20: Giles, Khongwatmai, Munson
10:30: Westwood, Luiten, Kang
10:40: Brazel, Sordet, Pittayarat
10:50: An, Phadungsil, Garcia
11:00: Fitzpatrick, Kaymer, Donaldson
Have a great day all!
How cool is this ... Japanese legend Shingo Katayama, who goes out at 09:15 alongside Bubba Watson and Jyoti Randhawa, warming up before his round by hitting drivers left handed. Turn up the volume. The sound it makes is something else.
Good morning from Amata Spring and the third round of the Thailand Golf Championship.
Before we get on to the star players, a word must be said of China's Jin Cheng. The 17-year-old, who won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Hong Kong in October to book his berth in next year's Masters Tournament, made the cut with ease and will be playing alongside Ryder Cup heroes Darren Clarke and Nicolas Colsaerts today. What a group that is!
Well done Jin! His goal this week is to secure one of the four spots available for The 145th Open which will be played next year at Royal Troon.
Chinnarat Phadungil is one of a number of Thai players who have impressed so far. The new dad is at -9 for the event and in a share of 3rd place. Great playing!
Caddie life!!! Where did it all go wrong?
Middle of the day and this is the quietest you'll ever see Bangkok streets! #bikefordad
Lee Westwood and Billy Foster en route to the 17th green earlier today. The 2-time champ is -5 for the championship after a solid 68 today. He's currently 8 shots back of leader Jamie Donaldson who tacked on a 68 to his opening 63.
World number four Bubba Watson, the highest ranked player in the field at the Thailand Golf Championship, has had an enjoyable time off the course this week.
The American, a two-time Masters champion who is making his fourth consecutive appearance at Amata Spring Country Club, has enjoyed spending time this week at The Royal Bangkok Sports Club and he also made a special visit to the 21st Infantry Regiment, Queen's Guard in Chonburi.
Bubba shot a 71 yesterday and is three holes into his second round.
A really strong European challenge of day two. Jamie Donaldson leads on -12, two ahead of Martin Kaymer in second. Sergio Garcia in third on -9 and Matthew Fitzpatrick a shot further back.
Good morning from Amata Spring. Overnight leader Jamie Donaldson has extended his lead to four over Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer. The Welshman is -4 on his round today through 12 holes and -13 overall. Simply red-hot form from the 2014 Ryder Cup hero as he goes in search of a return to the world's top 50 and a place in The Open
Jamie Donaldson in with a brilliant 63 to take the lead. What a wonderful first day at Amata Spring in the fifth edition of the Thailand Golf Championship. Sergio Garcia in with a fine 66, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Martin Kaymer in with 67s.
And what a challenge from the local Thai contingent. Chanat Sakulpolphaisan (66), Chinnarat Phadungil (66) and Natipong Srithong (67) all putting in fabulous performances.
World number four Bubba Watson shot a 71 but is by no means out of it.
The championship couldn't have gotten off to a better start. Can't wait for day two, which gets underway at 6.50am
For a full list of tee times, please visit here: http://goo.gl/qyU0tL
Have a great evening and look forward to seeing you tomorrow at Amata Spring!
Is this the most famous par-3 in Asian golf? The 145-yard 17th at Amata Spring with its island green requires a short boat ride to get to and fron the putting surface. Asian Tour Schmidt-Curley Design
Thailand's Danthai Boonma and his caddie are all smiles as they take the boat over to the 17th green during today's first round. Danthai shot a solid 71. Asian Tour
Watch this. Top 5 shots compiled from the past editions of Thailand Golf Championship! Who do you think the best shot came from? Bubba Watson Sergio Garcia The Open
The #RoadtoTheOpen continues this week at the Thailand Golf Championship where 4 places in The Open are on the line. Full story: http://bit.ly/1lOny9W
Staggering round by Simon Yates today. The Scotsman had a hole-in-one on the 5th, a triple at the 7th, a double at the 18th, 4 birdies and 2 bogeys. All added up to a 1-over 73. Asian Tour
17th at Amata Springs Thailand.
Our current leader, at 5-under, is Thailand's Natipong Srithong. The 22-year-old, who only turned pro earlier this year, won in Manila last month and is still studying for a law degree. What a talent he is!
This morning's star grouping of Bubba Watson, Thongchai Jaidee and An Byeong are in the clubhouse after their first rounds. Bubba was round in 71, Thongchai had a 73, while An is well placed after a solid 69.
The early lead is held by Thailand's Natipong Srithong, who is in with a fine 67. Early days but exciting ones!
asiantour.com Chonburi, Thailand December 9: Defending champion Lee Westwood of England is eyeing another return to the summit when he takes on a stellar field at the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship which starts on Thursday.
Reigning Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion Jin Cheng of China warming up on the range earlier today. The 17-year-old, who will play in the Masters Tournament next spring, is looking to also earn a berth in The Open at Royal Troon in 2016 with a strong performance this week.
“I’m feeling pretty good and it looks like it’s going to be a fun week and an exciting one," said the Beijing-born Jin. "I’m really looking forward to it and I think at this stage of my career the important thing is to just enjoy the week as much as possible."
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Thongchai Jaidee welcomes The Open Qualifying Series to Thailand: http://goo.gl/8djVyG Asian Tour The Open
Wednesday is Pro-Am day at Amata Spring and fellow pros Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Keith Horne are clearly enjoying the occasion. Asian Tour
Due to popular demand, here are some more photos from today's photo call at Vimanmek Mansion in Bangkok. What a great day!
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