Bangkok, Thailand: Thongchai Jaidee has called on the Thai Government to provide greater support for golf.
Thongchai, who makes his Presidents Cup debut for the International Team in Korea this week, warned that a lack of Government backing for the sport would result in the number of players dwindling.
The three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion expressed his views to Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn at Government House.
There, Thongchai was being feted for winning his seventh European Tour title at the European Open in Germany last month.
During a discussion with General Tanasak, Thongchai reportedly appealed for stronger Government support for golf at both grass-roots level and in regard to organising more professional tournaments in the country.
In a report in the Bangkok Post, Thongchai was quoted as saying: “The number of golfers has increased but the growth may not last long because there are not enough tournaments for professional golfers.
“We are in the right direction. It would be great if we get support from both the government and private sector. With their support we could have more golfers on the world stage.”