By BGB Staff Writer
BANGKOK, Thailand: Local golf fans have the prospect of witnessing Asia’s finest in action on local soil for the second time in a month, as the Asian Tour returns to these shores for the Queen’s Cup at the end of this month.
The event may be celebrating its 10th straight appearance on the Tour calendar, but this year the prestigious cup – named in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit – will boast a new title sponsor and a new venue.
Energy giants Bangchak Corporation will guarantee a prize fund of US$300000, with the winners share paid out to the golfer who can best navigate the testing Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in the seaside resort town of Pattaya.
The layout holds fond memories for India’s Shiv Kapur, who signed off the 2017 season with a third win of a stellar campaign when he lifted the Royal Cup last December.
Kapur will be returning to face the challenge of a stellar field, including defending champion Nicholas Fung who used last year’s Queen’s Cup to break into the winners circle for the first time on Tour. The Malaysian player securing victory by a narrow one shot margin.
Since its inception in 2009, the Queen’s Cup has welcomed many worthy champions such as 2016 Order of Merit champion Scott Hend of Australia and Thai veterans Prayad Marksaeng and Thaworn Wiratchant, who have each won the title twice from 2012 to 2015.
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