Bangkok, Thailand: Asian Tour stalwarts have hailed the return of the Thailand Open to the award-winning Thai Country Club.
Leading the accolades at this week’s US$300,000 event was Shiv Kapur, who triumphed at the Denis Griffiths-designed course in the Volvo Masters of Asia more than a decade ago.
The Indian had to wait until last month for his second Asian Tour success at the Yeangder Heritage in Taiwan. It followed a stopover at Thai Country Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Kapur said: “It’s lovely to be back at the Thai Country Club. Before I went to Chinese Taipei for the Yeangder Heritage, I actually came to the Thai Country Club to practise.
“I think that gave me a lot of momentum going to Chinese Taipei. I must really thank the Thai Country Club for allowing me to practise here before flying to Chinese Taipei.
“It’s a place that’s very special to my heart. My career started here after I won my first Asian Tour title some 12 years ago.
“The course is fantastic. This is one of the few courses that hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s such a great test of golf. All the players have nothing but praises for the course.”
Among those echoing those sentiments were Jeev Milkha Singh and Scott Hend.
Singh said: “I am really impressed with the course. Full marks to the staff and management, course superintendent, as well as the General Manager of the Thai Country Club for doing up the golf course so nicely.
“It’s rainy season now and they still made sure that the course is in excellent condition for the tournament within such a short notice. I am really impressed.
“It’s always nice coming to Thailand. I was crowned the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion following the season-ending events at the Thai Country Club in 2006 and 2008. It’s great to be back here. This place holds a lot of memories for me.”
Hend added: “I am pretty familiar with the Thai Country Club. I am very fortunate to know quite a lot of members here and the staff here are so friendly. They always welcome me with open arms, letting me play and practice on the course. It’s a great golf course.”