HUA HIN, Thailand, 10 February 2015 —— Liang Wen-chong of China is ready to get back onto the winner’s bandwagon when he steps up to the tee at the inaugural US$2 million True Thailand Classic 2015 presented by Black Mountain which starts on Thursday.
Liang’s last victory on the region’s premier Tour came slightly over 14 months ago in Manila and despite less playing time, he is itching to get back into the winner’s circle at the Black Mountain Golf Club this week.
“I’ve devoted much of my time to training and refining my game. I want to be in good shape when I play in in big events and hopefully win again,” said the 36-year-old Chinese.
Liang made history by becoming the first mainland Chinese to win the coveted Asian Tour Order of Merit crown in 2007.
He started his 2015 season with a tied-32nd finish in Malaysia last week and believes he can do even better this week.
“I always tell myself that I must put in my 100% each time I compete. As long as I give my best, that’s all the matters. I’m feeling good about my game and hopefully the results will show on Sunday,” said Liang.
With the 2016 Olympic Games in sight, Liang, who would be in the field if the qualifying cut-off was made this week, knows the importance of staying at the top of his game.
“It’s an important year and equally crucial to be at your best to earn a place in the Olympics. That’s why every event which I play in is important especially with the world ranking points at stake,” said Liang.
Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman, who recently got married last month, is also hoping to create an impression at the richest golf tournament in Thailand, which is also the first time in eight years that the European Tour has co-sanctioned an event in Thailand with the Asian Tour.
Accompanied by his wife Auroni Samaun this week, fit-again Siddikur hopes he can find similar bliss on the golf course too.
“I’m injury-free and that’s very important,” said Siddikur, who was side-lined by a back injury for the later part of the season last year.
“My wife’s here with me and she’s my good luck charm,” smiled the Bangladeshi.
Singapore’s Mardan Mamat is also confident of continuing his proud record at the Black Mountain Golf Club where he finished sixth, the last time an Asian Tour event was staged here in early 2014.
“I’ve done pretty well here on this golf course before and every time you do that, you feel confident,” said the 47-year-old.
Despite missing the cut in his season-opening event in Malaysia last week, the Singapore is ready to bounce back and contend for his fifth victory on the region’s premier Tour.
“Last week was just one of those unfortunate weeks where I missed the cut by one. But that’s golf and it’s already over. I’ve so much to look forward to now and I’m focused on the task ahead,” said Mardan.
Tickets are now available for purchase at ThaiticketMajor, with admission fees of THBaht 400,- for a single day pass on Thursday (R1) and Friday (R2). The fee is THBaht 800,- for a single day pass on Saturday (R3) and Sunday (Final Round). There is a four-day season pass priced at THBaht 1,200,-. Children and youths (under 16 years old) and senior citizens (over 65 years old) are allowed to enter for free. For further ticketing reservations, purchasing and information, please contact 02-262-3456 or www.thaiticketmajor.com
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
About MUSE Group
Muse Group is a boutique marketing agency, specialising in music, and sports and entertainment. Operating in five offices across the Asian region, Muse was the promoter of the FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC Summer Tours in 2014. It is the exclusive marketing agency for the newly-launched Chang International Circuit in Buriram.
About Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin
A challenging yet highly enjoyable design, the course enjoys sweeping vistas from almost every hole, and tour-standard conditions. Since opening in 2007, Black Mountain has hosted three Asian Tour events, including the 2014 King’s Cup, and has won a string of international awards. Black Mountain is the only course in Thailand ever to be named in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses (outside the US), and also to receive the accolade “Best Course in Thailand” for the past FOUR years in a row. Also in December 2014, Asian Golf Monthly Magazine voted Black Mountain as the “Best Course in Asia Pacific” and “Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific”. Additionally, the magnificent Par 3 sister course may be the best you will ever play. Set in a natural valley, there is water on every hole, requiring precise shot-making and concentration, just as you need on the full length course! Outstanding services, the most modern carts and electric buggies available, first class practice facilities and a modern clubhouse overlooking the course make Black Mountain a golf experience you will long remember. Combine all of the above with a world class restaurant and a 5-star Spa, then you have the complete package for the perfect golfing destination.
True Thailand Classic 2015 presented by Black Mountain
Prize Money: US$2 million (winner’s purse: US$333,330)
Venue: Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin
Starts: From Thursday, 12 February till Sunday, 14 February.
Top Contenders: Anirban Lahiri (Ind), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Esp), David Lipsky (USA)
1. US$2 million True Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain is the richest golf tournament in Thailand.
2. The True Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain is the first co-sanctioned tournament by the Asian Tour and European Tour in Thailand in eight years
3. An exclusive luxury town house at Black Mountain, valued at THBaht 12 million awaits the player who scores an ace at the par-three hole 14
4. India’s Anirban Lahiri is the highest ranked player at 37th this week. His triumph in Malaysia last week was his sixth win on the Asian Tour and third victory in 10 months.
5. Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, a three-time Asian Tour number one and ranked 39th in the world, will spearhead the local charge alongside leading compatriots Thaworn Wiratchant, Prayad Marksaeng, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Prom Meesawat and Chapchai Nirat. The six Thai players have a combined 47 Asian Tour victories.
6. Newly-crowned Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States will be part of the strong Asian Tour line-up that also includes Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman and Filipino Angelo Que.
7. Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn are expected to provide the stiff challenge from the European Tour.
8. The 7,350 yards, par-72 course at the Black Mountain Golf Club is slated to host three instalments of the Thailand Classic where a special “Pride of Thailand’’ brazed trophy awaits the winner.
9. Designed by Thailand’s acclaimed Chang Sip Mu craftsmen, the ‘Pride of Thailand’ trophy features a combination of traditional Thai crafts and a contemporary design.
[Source : THE THM]