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Asian Tour makes $25,000 donation to Ain Hallouf Rural School of Golf

posted Nov 5, 2022, 9:23 AM by siam coverage   [ updated Nov 5, 2022, 9:23 AM ]

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November 5, 2022 – Rabat: The Asian Tour has underlined its ongoing commitment to the communities that host its International Series events by making a $25,000 donation to the Ain Hallouf Rural School of Golf, a golf school for children held under the leadership of His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid and the Moroccan Golf Federation
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The center provides lessons in golf and important societal values to children in the Douar Ain Hallouf area near Royal Golf Dar Es Salam golf club, the venue for the International Series Morocco, the fifth event of the Asian Tour’s flagship series.

Rahul Singh, Head of the International Series, presented the cheque to Abdelkader El Hali, General Manager of the Ain Hallouf Rural School of Golf, on the sidelines of the $1.5million tournament, which runs through Sunday – and to which entry is free.

Singh said: “The Asian Tour is committed to supporting the communities at our International Series host venues through philanthropic efforts, and we are delighted to make this charitable contribution which underscores our commitment to developing the game at the grassroots level. By supporting the school we can support the growth of the game in Morocco, a golf market of real potential.”

El Hali, General Manager of the Ain Hallouf Rural School of Golf, said: “This generous contribution will benefit many youngsters in the area, by empowering them through sport and educating them in the positive values of golf, building strength of character, confidence and resilience.”

The Douar Ain Hallouf area has a strong connection with the game of golf. Many locals have found employment at the Royal Dar Es Salam course in the 50 years since it was first developed in 1971, and the locals have even built a course for their community, in the middle of the forest.

The Ain Hallouf Rural School of Golf has helped many players to develop their game and many Moroccan professionals are native to the area, such as Ahmed Marjan, who is playing in the International Series Morocco.


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The Asian Tour’s philanthropic efforts are felt at each of the International Series destinations, with significant donations being made to support local communities in Thailand, England, Singapore and South Korea already this season.

The International Series Morocco takes place at the historic Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, in Rabat, from November 3-6 and admission is free to spectators. The International Series then moves on to Egypt the following week, at Madinaty Golf Club in Cairo, from November 10-13.

TAT is simultaneously organizing workshops for the “Super Host” project, NEW CHAPTERS, nationwide. More than 2,500 participants are headed for next normal tourism, preparing to welcome high-season visitors to Thailand.

posted Nov 1, 2022, 11:50 AM by siam coverage   [ updated Nov 1, 2022, 11:51 AM ]

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organizing “Super Host ” NEW CHAPTERS training workshops on 1 – 2 November 2022 in 5 regions nationwide. The opening ceremonies will be held on 1 November 2022 at Berkeley Hotel Pratunam, Bangkok. The event will be honored by Mr. Phiphat Ratchakijprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports, who will preside over the opening ceremony for the training workshops, along with Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mr. Apichai Chatchalermkit, Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business of Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Miss Thapanee Kiatphaibool, Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing of Tourism Authority of Thailand, who will welcome participants and broadcast live streams to event venues in 4 other regions in order to prepare the tourism industry and local communities for NEXT NORMAL tourism.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, disclosed that the event’s main objective is to prepare the tourism industry, including public and private sector agencies, and local communities, as well as those involved in the tourism industry, and to increase knowledge, understanding and the ability to be “Super Hosts”, ready to support tourists during the forthcoming high season and adapt to the changing global and tourism situation. To create meaningful travel experiences for tourists while simultaneously enhancing the Thai tourism industry and propelling it towards high value and sustainability, TAT is organizing the “Super Host ” NEW CHAPTERS workshops in 5 regions nationwide for 2 days and 1 night between 1-2 November 2022.

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At the “Super Host ” NEW CHAPTERS workshops, TAT will focus on shaping the supply chain by inviting expert speakers to educate and update regarding key tourism trends in the NEXT NORMAL era, as well as organizing up-skill workshops centered around new digital marketing skills to develop Thai tourism personnel in recognizing the importance of developing tourism potential, particularly in terms of raising awareness about the role and importance of being a Super Host and triggering consciousness about maintaining tourist attractions along with caring for tourists. These are vital areas which are likely to lead to a successful recovery and reflect the highest level of preparation in order to become Super Hosts. The NEW CHAPTERS to Tourism NEXT NORMAL with Sustainability event is being held in five regions nationwide: at The Berkeley Hotel, Pratunam, Bangkok, in the central region; at The Heritage Hotel Chiang Rai Hotel & Convention, Chiang Rai Province, in the northern region; at Alvarez Hotel, Rayong Province, in the eastern region, at Golden City Hotel, Buriram Province, in the northeastern region and at The Twin Lotus Hotel, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, in the southern region.

Participants in the events are required to be personnel or entrepreneurs in the tourism industry, government officials involved in the provision of tourist services, as well as tourism and service-related agencies from all over the country, with 500 individuals per region, totaling 2.,500 participants. This event will be key in helping develop and promote the image of Thai tourism and ensuring the highest level of preparation for a tourism industry which is rapidly returning to normal, and it should be instrumental in creating increased income and further economic growth within the country.

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Aside from the “Super Host ” NEW CHAPTERS project, TAT continues to organize activities to promote tourism in Thailand, as well as reinforcing the “Amazing Thailand Trip” campaign with projects such as AMAZING THAILAND WORLD MOUNTAIN & TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021, AMAZING THAILAND MARATHON BANGKOK 2022, WATERCOLOR EVENT, Loy Krathong Expo 2022 and “Vivid Chao Phraya” illumination event to welcome APEC leaders, as well as the Amazing Thailand Countdown 2023.

These activities are staged under the project “365 Days of Wonder Thailand, Travel Every Day”, which aims to accelerate the recovery of Thai tourism and achieve 80% of the numbers achieved in 2019 by the year 2023, and they are driven by the vision, “TAT is the driver of Thai tourism strategy to create valuable experiences towards sustainability,” in accordance with the TAT Corporate Plan 2023 – 2027.

Morocco to add to its ‘illustrious golfing heritage’ by hosting next month’s inaugural International Series tournament on Asian Tour

posted Oct 20, 2022, 9:17 AM by siam coverage   [ updated Oct 20, 2022, 9:17 AM ]

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October 19, 2022 – Rabat: World class international golf returns to Morocco next month with the Asian Tour’s ground-breaking International Series ready to make its debut in North Africa.

The International Series Morocco will be hosted at the historic Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, in Rabat, from November 3-6, with free admission.

With prize money of US$1.5 million up for grabs, the event plays a key role in determining the Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, as well as the International Series money list winner.

The International Series was launched earlier this year thanks to a new landmark partnership between the Asian Tour and LIV Golf to invigorate the game in Asia and the Middle East.

“This has been an unprecedented season and we were delighted to be able to announce exciting news about the Asian Tour’s first visit to North Africa in Morocco – with its illustrious golfing heritage,” said Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO, Asian Tour.

The inaugural International Series has had four events to date in 2022 with local star Taehoon Ok (International Series Korea) and Nitithorn Thippong (International Series Thailand) the winners back in August.

The International Series Thailand kicked off the series in March and was won by emerging American star Sihwan Kim at Black Mountain Golf Club. Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent claimed the International Series England in June.

Alongside Asia’s stars, the field will include eight of the best homegrown Moroccan players who will be announced imminently.

“After 3 years of shutdown due to COVID-19, we are delighted to once again host a top-notch international professional competition,” said Abderrahim Bouftas, President of the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

“It’s hugely exciting for Morocco to play host to the new International Series and a chance for us to see the very best and emerging talents from the Asian Tour and Moroccan golf. We are proud of our tradition and its prestigious history of Royal Golf Dar Es Salam. It’s a huge opportunity for the passionate Moroccan fan base here to see world class golf on the jewel in our crown here – The Red Course.”

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course was commissioned by King Hassan II in the late 1960s, early 1970s and is situated in the capital Rabat.

The venue has hosted many events of the European Tour, Ladies European Tour with Morocco also hosting PGA Champions events in recent times.

Hicham Berdaii, Director of the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, said: “This is another important historic milestone for Royal Golf of Dar Es Salam as we host the inaugural International Series Morocco tournament. We are hugely looking forward to opening our doors for all with admission free for spectators. We want to inspire even more people locally to get into golf and for the world to see what incredible courses Morocco has on offer. With a new purpose-built spectator village at the venue, we look to hosting families, friends, golf fans and our members to enjoy an exciting new event on the golfing calendar.”

After Morocco, the International Series Egypt takes place the following week at Madinaty Golf Club, in Cairo, from November 10-13.

LIV TO GIVE ENHANCES EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND THAILAND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AT LIV GOLF INVITATIONAL BANGKOK

posted Oct 11, 2022, 2:45 AM by siam coverage   [ updated Oct 11, 2022, 2:45 AM ]

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Bangkok, Thailand (October 9, 2022): LIV Golf’s debut event in Thailand’s capital is helping empower local communities and inspiring the next generation of golfers.

As part of LIV Golf’s ongoing ‘LIV to Give’ initiative, the tournament is supporting Connext ED, a Thai leadership program for sustainable education, and the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), a longstanding, independent non-profit organization dedicated to reducing poverty in Thailand.

“LIV Golf is committed to supporting communities around the globe. We are proud to give back through organizations that provide critical resources to Thailand’s education systems and underprivileged citizens,” said Atul Khosla, President and COO of LIV Golf. “Our LIV to Give platform will continue to uplift those in need of support and make a difference in the lives of children and families throughout the world.”

Initiated by 12 leading Thai organizations, Connext ED’s Education Administration Programs provide leadership training for schoolteachers across STEM, English and project-based learning curriculums. LIV Golf is funding annual training programs and remote learning initiatives through Connext ED’s Learning Center, which promotes career enhancement through higher education and delivers learning materials to schools throughout the region.


 

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For nearly five decades, the Population and Community Development Association has made a positive impact in the lives of underprivileged citizens along with its subsidiary, the Mechai Bamboo School. The innovative secondary school has created a hub for social and economic development, lifelong learning and assistance for small rural schools.

“All of us are most grateful for this generous contribution to rural societies,” said Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of the PDA and the Mechai Bamboo School. “This gift from LIV Golf will provide a more promising life for elderly villagers near schools through the cooperation with students from the Mechai Bamboo School. I’d like to thank LIV Golf for inviting me and my colleagues to the LIV Golf event.”

Further aligning with LIV to Give’s efforts supporting golf development programs, sustainability, and the well-being of host communities around the world, LIV Golf also carried out two impactful golf clinics this week for Thai youngsters at Stonehill.

On Tuesday, former world No. 1 Lee Westwood and local golf hero Sadom Kaewkanjana welcomed dozens of children from the Thailand Golf Association and the Thai Junior Golf Association for a special session on ball striking techniques and drills aimed at helping the youngsters improve their skills.

“The LIV Golf series is a wonderful opportunity for us to get out there, meet the next generation and encourage them to take their next steps in the sport,” said Westwood. “Taking these tournaments to places like Bangkok and offering lessons for the youngsters is just one area where we can help to strengthen the love of golf, and the golfing infrastructure, around the world.”

Added Kaewkanjana: “It was a real pleasure to see all these promising young Thai players in action, and many of them were very talented. In my younger days, I would have jumped at the chance to get a lesson from a player such as Lee Westwood, and opportunities like this really help to bring more people into the world of golf.”

On Wednesday, Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai and 15-year-old Thai golfing sensation Ratchanon ‘TK’ Chantananuwat welcomed youngsters from the Sports Authority of Thailand, offering golf tips and drills while emphasizing the importance of working hard and having fun.


 

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Through LIV to Give, LIV Golf has pledged $100 million to support a broad range of initiatives targeting education, environmental sustainability, golf development programs, and the well-being of communities around the world. LIV Golf Invitational Series is owned and operated by LIV Golf Investments whose vision and mission is centered around making holistic and sustainable investments to enhance the global golf ecosystem and unlock the sport’s untapped worldwide potential.

DUSTIN JOHNSON CLINCHES TITLE AS 2022 LIV GOLF INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION Two-Time Major Winner Makes History in Securing Inaugural LIV Golf Individual Championship and $18 Million First Prize

posted Oct 11, 2022, 2:40 AM by siam coverage   [ updated Oct 11, 2022, 2:41 AM ]

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Bangkok, Thailand (October 10, 2022): On Sunday, two-time major winner Dustin Johnson made further history by securing the inaugural LIV Golf Individual Championship in a season which has been defined by consistency and victory, following five top-10 finishes in the opening six events, including a dramatic win at the LIV Golf Invitational Boston.

Johnson shot a five-under-par 67 on Sunday to finish at nine under in this weekend’s LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, securing a 16th place finish and creating an insurmountable lead in the individual standings with one regular season event remaining. Johnson earned three points at Stonehill to add to his 8th place finish in London, 4th in Portland, 3rd in Bedminster, victory in Boston and 3rd in Chicago. He now has 121 points in the season-long competition, 42 more than current second place competitor Branden Grace.

With points being awarded to the top 24 finishers in each tournament, and 40 points available for victory at the LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah this weekend, Johnson’s consistency through the first six events has put him in the record books as LIV Golf’s first season-long champion, securing the first place $18 million prize.



 

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“Locking up the individual competition is big. It’s an honor to be LIV’s first individual season champion,” said Johnson. “I’d like to thank Greg Norman and LIV for their confidence in me, my brother and caddie Austin, my wife Paulina, my Four Aces teammates Pat, Patrick, and Talor, as well as LIV’s growing legion of fans around the world. Our team is in a really good position with two events to go and I’m looking forward to further contributing to LIV Golf’s exciting story and continued growth.”

“The first chapter of LIV Golf’s history could not be written without Dustin Johnson’s name. By any measure, DJ is among the elite players in the world,” said LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman. “From the start, he’s been a LIV Golf cornerstone. He has more than lived up to his billing and he deserves immense credit for clinching LIV’s first individual season title. We look forward to a celebration befitting such a champion in Miami at the end of October.”

The battle for second and third-place podium spots remains hotly contested as players head to the Middle East this week for LIV Golf’s final regular season event, the LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah, October 14-16 at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club. Runner-up in the final individual standings earns $8 million with $4 million awarded to third place.

 

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2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed (76) currently sits in third place ahead of 2022 Open Champion Cameron Smith (56) whose standout performances include a fourth-place finish in his LIV Golf debut in Boston and a three-stroke win in Chicago. With 40 points awarded for a tournament win and 30 for runner-up, the door is still open for more than a dozen players to secure an individual podium finish, including notable players Charl Schwartzel (55), Matthew Wolff (50), Louis Oosthuizen (49), Sergio Garcia (44), Joaquin Niemann (42), Eugenio Chacarra (41), Henrik Stenson (40) and Paul Casey (40).

The final event of 2022 is the season-ending LIV Golf Team Championship at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami, October 28-30. The iconic Blue Monster course will stage the seeded three-day, knockout tournament featuring both match play and stroke play, delivering the excitement of head-to-head competition as LIV Golf’s 12 teams compete for a historic $50 million purse.

Grounds passes for the Team Championship are just $49 and are all-inclusive of the fan activities on site, including daily live music. Three-day grounds passes are also available for $115. Visit LIVGolf.com for tickets and more information, including details on single-day and three-day hospitality packages for Club 54 and Gallery Club experiences.

Complete, live coverage of LIV Golf tournaments is globally available direct to consumers on LIVGolf.com and YouTube. LIV Golf event broadcasts are also aired live on a global roster of leading premium and free-to-air broadcasters providing coverage in over 180 territories around the world. The list of global networks covering the LIV Golf Invitational Series is available on LIVGolf.com.

LIV Golf Invitational Series is owned and operated by LIV Golf Investments whose vision and mission is centered around making holistic and sustainable investments to enhance the global golf ecosystem and unlock the sport’s untapped worldwide potential.

ROUND 2 RECAP AND NOTES CHACARRA LEADS BY 5; FIREBALLS IN COMMAND BY LIV GOLF STAFF

posted Oct 8, 2022, 8:31 PM by siam coverage   [ updated Oct 8, 2022, 8:31 PM ]

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BANGKOK, Thailand – Eugenio Chacarra admits he didn’t have much fun in his first four LIV Golf events since turning pro. He was nervous. Everything was new. Facing the world-class level of competition for the first time, he adjusted his approach to the game, straying from what made him one of the world’s top amateurs at Oklahoma State.

It wasn’t working. So coming into this week’s LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, the 22-year-old from Spain returned to his college mindset of simply having fun and avoiding bogeys.

Through two rounds at Stonehill, he’s been extremely successful on both counts. Tying a LIV Golf record with a 9-under 63, Chacarra opened up a five-stroke lead at 16 under and has yet to make a bogey through 36 holes. The field’s youngest golfer, Chacarra is just 18 holes away from a spectacular breakthrough victory.

“Just try to have fun and then play to not make bogeys,” said Chacarra, who tied Dustin Johnson for the lowest LIV Golf round in relation to par. “Kind of play smart on the course – and that’s what I’ve started doing this week.”

The closest pursuers to Chacarra are a group of four players at 11 under: Richard Bland, Sihwan Kim, Harold Varner III and Patrick Reed. The 5-stroke lead is the largest after any round in LIV Golf’s inaugural season.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s final round, Bland said, “Going to need a low one and a little bit of help. But the way he played today, it doesn’t look like he’s gonna give us any, so we’ve got to go get him.”

In addition to the healthy individual lead, Chacarra’s Fireballs GC have a substantial lead in the team competition. Adding Carlos Ortiz’s 65 and Abraham Ancer’s 68 to Chacarra’s 63, the Fireballs shot 20 under in the second round and are at 34 under, putting them 7 shots ahead of Niblicks GC. Cleeks GC is in third place, another shot back, with five other teams within six shots of a podium spot.

Fireballs GC captain Sergio Garcia has seen his team finish in the money twice this season, both times in third place. But he’d like to enjoy the champagne celebration exclusive to the winners on Sunday, even as he manages an injured left knee that has limited his effectiveness this week.

“There's not much that we need to change,” Garcia said of his team’s approach. “Obviously I think everyone is playing well. I'll give my everything tomorrow to put a good round and kind of grind my teeth a little bit through the process of getting through this left knee. But other than that, I think they're all doing amazing, and we just have to keep doing more of that.”

Garcia has 36 professional wins, including the 2017 Masters. Chacarra, of course, is looking for his first pro victory. A win on Sunday will be worth $4 million in the individual purse, more than Garcia made for any of his victories.

Asked if he had any advice for his young countryman on how to handle the overnight lead, Garcia just shook his head.

“Nothing. Just keep doing what he's doing,” Garcia said. “He's doing great. Keep believing in himself, keep being positive like he's been all week. He knows what to do. He's good to go.”

As for Chacarra, he is not only having fun but enjoying the on-site support of his mother, his aunt, a cousin, one of his good friends, and his long-time coach, who just began traveling with him. He’ll also enter the final round with a perspective appropriate for a young golfer just starting a promising career.

“Winning is always fun, but I’m not focused on winning,” Chacarra said. “Just focused on getting better.”

Due to the potential of inclement weather, the shotgun start for Sunday’s final round has been moved up to 9:01 a.m. local time (10:01 p.m. Saturday ET).

 

GRACE FORCED TO WD DUE TO INJURY

 

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Branden Grace entered Saturday with a share of the lead and a chance to catch Dustin Johnson atop the season-long individual points race.

Three holes into his round, he was forced to withdraw with an acute muscle strain on his left side, leaving his status in doubt for next week’s event in Jeddah, where the Individual Champion will be decided and its $30 million purse distributed to the top three players.

It was a cruel blow for the 34-year-old South African, the winner in Portland and one of the most consistent performers this inaugural season. It’s also a tough blow for his all-South African Stinger GC team, which loses its top performer and will finish the Bangkok event by counting the scores of each of its remaining three players. The Stingers are last on the team leaderboard after two rounds.

“He’s been playing such great golf,” said teammate Shaun Norris. “Hitting the ball well. Been playing practice rounds with him and really impressed with the way he’s playing. Hopefully he gets back to it and healthy as soon as possible.”

Grace managed to birdie the first hole but felt something wrong with his tee shot on the second hole. He parred the hole but was in obvious pain. He played the par-3 third but was attended to by his physiotherapist Cornel Driessen and a local medical crew after putting out. He was then taken off property to a medical facility for an MRI.

“It’s very likely a strained intercostal muscle or oblique muscle,” Driessen said. “If he keeps on swinging, it makes it worse. We don’t want to risk long-time injury or damage.”

TEAM LEADERBOARD

In addition to the individual stroke-play competition, players are also competing as four-man teams during LIV Golf events. Starting with LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, the best three scores in Round 1, the best three scores in Round 2, and the best three scores in Round 3 will combine to produce the team score. The previous counting-score format was 2-2-3.

The total team prize money for each event is $5 million, with the winning team dividing $3 million, second place dividing $1.5 million and third place dividing $500,000 among its four team members.

In addition, teams are vying for seeds going into the Team Championship in Miami, the final event of the inaugural season with a $50 million purse. Teams have received points for their finishes in each event, and the top four teams in the points standings after next week’s event in Jeddah receive day one byes in Miami.

Here is the leaderboard and Saturday’s counting scores in the second round at Stonehill:

1. Fireballs GC, 34 under (Eugenio Chacarra 63, Carlos Ortiz 65, Abraham Ancer 68)

2. Niblicks GC, 27 under (James Piot 65, Harold Varner III 66, Turk Pettit 68)

3. Cleeks GC, 26 under (Laurie Canter 66, Richard Bland 68, Martin Kaymer 69)

4. Iron Heads GC, 24 under (Sihwan Kim 66, Kevin Na 68, Sadom Kaewkanjana 69)

5. Crushers GC, 23 under (Paul Casey 65, Charles Howell III 67. Bryson DeChambeau 68)

T-6. 4 Aces GC, 22 under (Patrick Reed 65, Talor Gooch 67, Dustin Johnson 70)

T-6. Smash GC, 22 under (Brooks Koepka 67, Peter Uihlein 68, Chase Koepka 69)

8. Majesticks GC, 20 under (Lee Westwood 66, Ian Poulter 70, Sam Horsfield 70)

9. Punch GC, 18 under (Wade Ormsby 68, Marc Leishman 69, Matt Jones 70)

10. Hy Flyers GC, 17 under (Matthew Wolff 66, Cameron Tringale 68, Bernd Wiesberger 69)

11. Torque GC, 13 under (Jediah Morgan 69. Joaquin Niemann 71, Hideto Tanihara 72)

12. Stinger GC, 12 under (Shaun Norris 69, Louis Oosthuizen 72, Charl Schwartzel 73)

PLAYER QUOTEBOARD

Eugenio Chacarra (on being teammates with his hero Sergio Garcia): “I'm still dreaming. I feel like it was yesterday when I went to Madrid to watch the Spanish Open and watch him play golf and just seeing him as an idol. He's [been] a Spanish idol a long time. He's been on tour 21 years, so I'm just trying to learn as much as I can from him, and I think I'm in a good spot, and I love him, and I love all of our team. We're in a good spot.”

Richard Bland (on playing alongside Chacarra): “He played great today. Hardly missed a shot. Very impressive. Considering he’s only 22, he just turned pro, he’s playing like he’s been a pro for 20 years. The course is kind of set up for him. He’s wide off the tee so he can use his length, but you still got to get it done after that. Got to hole the putts, got to hit the shots. It was fun to watch him today. He dragged me along. Hopefully I can drag him along tomorrow.”

Sergio Garcia (on being blocked for OWGR points): “If they keep blocking us, it’s because they see us as a threat. So that’s a good thing to have. But if it keeps happening, I’m sure that there will be a way for everybody to come along, I guess.”

PERFORMANCE STATS

Driving accuracy – Laurie Canter, Kevin Na, James Piot, Abraham Ancer, Cameron Tringale, Matt Jones, Henrik Stenson, Hideto Tanihara, 100% (14 of 14 fairways)

Driving distance – Bryson DeChambeau, 360.0-yard average

Greens in regulation – James Piot, Paul Casey, Talor Gooch, Cameron Tringale, 94% (17 of 18 greens)

Fewest putts – Sam Horsfield, 24 putts

Most birdies – Carlos Ortiz, 8

Bogey-free through 36 holes – Eugenio Chacarra, James Piot, Sihwan Kim

HOLE STATS

Easiest hole – 584-yard par-5 6th, which played to a stroke average of 4.340.

Hardest hole – 495-yard par-4 4th, which played to a stroke average of 4.255.

Course stroke average: Rd. 1 (69.625). Rd. 2 (68.638). Par is 72.

ROUND 1 RECAP AND NOTES GRACE, BLAND AND CHACARRA SHOOT -7; FIREBALLS HOLD ONE-SHOT LEAD BY LIV GOLF STAFF

posted Oct 7, 2022, 9:55 AM by siam coverage   [ updated Oct 7, 2022, 9:56 AM ]

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BANGKOK, Thailand – Branden Grace, the closest pursuer to Dustin Johnson in LIV Golf’s season-long Individual Champion race, realizes he has plenty of ground to make up in the final two weeks of the regular season.

He took the first big step Friday at LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok.

The South African, the winner in Portland earlier this season, shot a 7-under 65 at Stonehill to grab a share of the first-round lead with England’s Richard Bland and Spain’s Eugenio Chacarra. Meanwhile, Johnson is in a tie for 21st after shooting a 70, prompting him to head to the range post-round.

 

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The 4 Aces GC captain, who has a 39-point lead over Grace in the individual standings, can wrap up the title and the $18 million prize by winning in Bangkok. But Grace would rather take care of business this week and make things interesting in the final regular-season event in Jeddah. With 40 points to the winner, Grace could theoretically move ahead of Johnson with a victory this week, provided Johnson does not finish in the top 24.

“I’m just trying to win a golf tournament,” said Grace, a member of the all-South African Stinger GC. “If I can do that, if I can keep my mind toward that, then the rest will happen. I’m just fortunate to be in a good position coming into this week, lying second and playing well and feeling good about the game. I just need to come out here and hit the shots and make the most of it.”

As for Bland and Chacarra, they are at opposite ends of the spectrum in regards to their professional experience, but they now share the same goal – build on their first-round 65s and give the top of the leaderboard some new names this weekend. That goes for both the individual and team competition, as Chacarra’s Fireballs GC leads the team standings at 14 under, followed by Bland’s Cleeks GC at 13 under.

Iron Heads GC, which includes Thai golfers Sadom Kaewkanjana and Phachara Khongwatmai, are in solo third at 11 under. Four teams are another stroke back, while 4 Aces GC – winners of four consecutive events – are in unfamiliar territory at 10th.

 

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The 49-year-old Bland, whose first win on a major tour came in his 478th career start, is not known for his length. But on a course that measures 7,815 yards and was expected to favor the bombers, he shot a bogey-free round while finishing with three birdies in his last four holes.

“They put a few of the tees up, and a couple of the stronger par 4s played downwind, which was favorable for me because I’m not one of the long hitters,” said Bland, whose best result in his first five LIV Golf starts was 17th in London. “You couldn’t design a better course for Bryson [DeChambeau], really.

“But we’re all good players. And obviously because the fairways are so wide, once you’ve got irons in your hands and the greens are quite soft, guys are going to shoot good scores, no matter where you are.”

At 22 years old, Chacarra is the youngest player in this week’s field. He was the world’s No. 2 amateur before turning pro earlier this year to become a LIV Golf member. He’s still looking for his first top 20 finish, although his Fireballs GC has finished in the money twice since he joined captain Sergio Garcia’s team.

“I’m living the dream,” Chacarra said. “I’m playing with Sergio’s team. He’s my hero since I was little, and then I got Abraham [Ancer] and Carlo [Ortiz] that are really good friends, and they are helping me as much as they can every week.

“I didn’t play very good the first four weeks and I didn’t help much, so I like helping them and giving them the trust they put on me to be on their team.”

Marc Leishman (Punch GC) and Ian Poulter (Majesticks GC) are tied for fourth, one stroke off the lead after shooting 66. The five-way tie for sixth includes Smash GC captain Brooks Koepka, Niblicks GC’s Harold Varner III, Torque GC’s Jediah Morgan and two members of Iron Heads GC – Sihwan Kim and captain Kevin Na.

Punch GC captain Cameron Smith, the most recent LIV Golf winner, shot an even-par 72 and is tied for 41st.

TEAM LEADERBOARD

In addition to the individual stroke-play competition, players are also competing as four-man teams during LIV Golf events. Starting with LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, the best three scores in Round 1, the best three scores in Round 2, and the best three scores in Round 3 will combine to produce the team score. The previous counting-score format was 2-2-3.

“I think 3-3-3 is just better,” said Sihwan Kim, whose Iron Heads GC are in solo third after Friday. “Makes it more exciting for the teams.”

The total team prize money for each event is $5 million, with the winning team dividing $3 million, second place dividing $1.5 million and third place dividing $500,000 among its four team members.

In addition, teams are vying for seeds going into the Team Championship in Miami, the final event of the inaugural season with a $50 million purse. Teams have received points for their finishes in each event, and the top four teams in the points standings after next week’s event in Jeddah receive day one byes in Miami.

 

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Here is the leaderboard and Friday’s counting scores in the first round at Stonehill:

1. Fireballs GC, 14 under (Eugenio Chacarra 6, Sergio Garcia 68, Abraham Ancer 69)

2. Cleeks GC, 13 under (Richard Bland 65, Graeme McDowell 68, Laurie Canter 70)

3. Iron Heads GC, 11 under (Kevin Na 67, Sihwan Kim 67, Phachara Khongwatmai 71)

T-4. Stinger GC, 10 under (Branden Grace 65, Charl Schwartzel 70, Shaun Norris, 71)

T-4 Niblicks GC, 10 under (Harold Varner III 67, James Piot 69, Hudson Swafford 70)

T-4. Majesticks GC, 10 under (Ian Poulter 66, Lee Westwood 69, Henrik Stenson 71)

T-4. Smash GC, 10 under (Brooks Koepka 67, Jason Kokrak 69, Peter Uihlein 70)

T-8. Torque GC, 9 under (Jediah Morgan 67, Scott Vincent 70, Hideto Tanihara 70)

T-8. Punch GC, 9 under (Marc Leishman 66, Wade Ormsby 70, Matt Jones 71)

10. 4 Aces GC, 8 under (Patrick Reed 68, Talor Gooch 70, Dustin Johnson 70)

11. Crushers GC, 7 under (Bryson DeChambeau 69, Charles Howell III 69, Paul Casey 71)

12. Hy Flyers GC, 4 under (Phil Mickelson 69, Cameron Tringale 70, Bernd Wiesberger 73)

PLAYER QUOTEBOARD

Bryson DeChambeau (on Official World Golf Ranking’s latest response): “They’re delaying the inevitable. We’ve hit every mark in their criteria, so for us not to get points is kind of crazy with having the top – at least I believe we have the top players in the world. Not all of them but we certainly believe that there’s enough that are in the top 50, and we deserve to be getting world ranking points.”

Brooks Koepka (on the OWGR): “I don’t think it really was much of a response. I just hate when you sit on the fence. Just pick a side. … If it’s yes, if it’s no, it’s fine. We’ll figure it out from there.”

Branden Grace (on three counting rounds): “We struggled beating [the 4 Aces] with two rounds to count. Now with three to count, maybe we can give them a run for the money.”

PERFORMANCE STATS

Driving accuracy – Ian Poulter, Kevin Na, Graeme McDowell, James Piot, Peter Uihlein, Carlos Ortiz, 100% (14 of 14 fairways)

Driving distance – Bryson DeChambeau, 352.1-yard average

Greens in regulation – Sihwan Kim, 100% (18 of 18 greens)

Fewest putts – Branden Grace, Kevin Na, 24 putts

Most birdies – Ian Poulter, 8

HOLE STATS

Easiest hole – 584-yard par-5 6th, which played to a stroke average of 4.458.

Hardest hole – 484-yard par-4 8th, which played to a stroke average of 4.104, and the 177-yard par-3 16th, which played to a stroke average of 3.104.

Course stroke average: Rd. 1 (69.625). Par is 72.

ENGLISH STARS POULTER & WESTWOOD AIMING FOR STRONG PERFORMANCE AT LIV GOLF INVITATIONAL BANGKOK IN ADVANCE OF SEASON-ENDING TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP Veteran pros hoping to secure a first-round bye in Miami for Majesticks GC by racking up points in LIV Golf’s debut Asian event

posted Oct 7, 2022, 9:35 AM by siam coverage   [ updated Oct 7, 2022, 9:36 AM ]

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Bangkok, Thailand (October 5, 2022): Majesticks GC teammates Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are aiming to take full control of their fourball’s march to LIV Golf’s season-ending Miami semi-finals by making experience pay off at this week’s penultimate regular season Invitational at Stonehill, Bangkok.

The veteran pair – who between them have racked up more than 50 years playing elite level Tour golf – are in the Thai capital for this weekend’s $25million LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, the sixth of eight debut events on LIV’s 2022 calendar.

As a team, the Ryder Cup stars – whose Majesticks teammates are fellow Englishman Sam Horsfield, and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson – arrive at the event third in the season-long standings, only one point ahead of fourth-placed Crushers GC and 20 ahead of the Sergio Garcia-led Fireballs.

With two events to play before LIV Golf’s season-ending $50million Team Championship in Miami, the Majesticks GC pair today conceded that despite being in a strong position to secure a top four berth that would give them a bye into the deciding event’s semi-final, their work is far from done – and that they will be looking to take full control in ensuring they hold onto that spot with a strong showing this week in Bangkok.

Poulter said: “There's a lot of emphasis in making sure we finish in that top four. There’s many reasons to make sure you are in that bye situation. Obviously, you’re either playing on the Friday or you have an extra day to prepare for Saturday in Miami. We’re fully well aware, just as much as every other team is aware of how valuable that is to make sure you're in that bye position to obviously get through that quarter-finals stage.

“We know we're only a point ahead, and we need to maintain that and if not increase that, and we're very conscious, so thanks for reminding us!”

Westwood added: “We are 20 points ahead of fifth – I'm not bothered who’s in fourth. We're the important team to focus on, but, if anything, you've got to look at who’s in fifth. They’re the ones that could kick us out or somebody behind there. If we can control what we're doing, then we know we’re good enough to play well these next couple of weeks and hang on to third or even higher.

“I'd rather be in third than fifth position!”

Both men have touched down in a continent where they hold good memories.

“Right from the beginning of my career, 1994, I think my second or third event ever was the Johnnie Walker Classic in Phuket, Blue Canyon, and fell in love with Asia then, and have always enjoyed coming back here,” said Westwood, who has bagged more than ten titles in the region.

“Obviously [coming back to Asia] wasn’t possible through COVID over the past couple of years, three years, and I’ve missed it. I’ve been a regular coming back for the Thailand Golf Championship and Indonesia Masters and a lot of other tournaments all over Asia. I think I've got 11 or 12 wins in Asia. It’s somewhere I've always tried to play. It’s nice to be back. It’s a part of the world I look to come and play in and I’ve been successful, which makes it even better. It’s nice to be here with LIV and taking golf around the globe again.”

Said Poulter: “I’m really similar. Right from the year 2000, once I got my European Tour card, traveling around Asia, playing, and having a level of success, as you said: Singapore, I won in Hong Kong, I won in Japan, runner-up in Korea, won down in Australia, so enjoyed the aspect of playing internationally and obviously just not in one place.

“I’ve loved my success in all the years that I've been traveling for the last 24 years, and as Lee said, we really didn’t have that option through COVID, but obviously now the new schedule and how it’s going to lay itself out with LIV, it's a fantastic opportunity because we've got so many fans that we've picked up through all the years of winning great tournaments in this part of the world, and it will be great to see them all again.”

Also speaking ahead of Friday’s opening round at Stonehill was Team Ironheads GC captain, Kevin Na, whose team – consisting of hometown stars Sadom Kaewkanjana and Phachara Khongwatmai, and Sihwan Kim of the USA – can expect a warm welcome from the Thai fans.

Asked if he is expecting his team to receive the bulk of the local backing, Na said: “You know it, and a that’s a lot of pressure on you guys! I feel like we have a home court advantage. The two Thai guys are amazing golfers. They're very talented. Sadom had a great finish at the Open Championship; Phachara bombs it, and the course is going to set up perfect for him. We're going to have the Thai fans supporting us, so I'm excited.”

The LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok takes place at Stonehill from October 7-9, and tickets are available now. General admission price for a single-day grounds pass is 800THB, with three-day passes on sale for 1600THB at LIVGolf.com or at thaiticketmajor.com. Single day and three-day hospitality packages for the popular Club 54 and Gallery Club experiences are also available. Those under 15 are able to enter for free.

LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok 2022 - Phil Mickelson & Dustin Johnson press conference transcripts

posted Oct 6, 2022, 10:12 AM by siam coverage   [ updated Oct 6, 2022, 10:12 AM ]

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Thursday, 6 October, 2022

Bangkok, Thailand

Stonehill Golf Club

Phil Mickelson

Press Conference

Q. Can we please get your reaction to the news about LIV and how you feel about World Ranking points and what you think this means for LIV and the development of LIV?

PHIL MICKELSON: I think from a player standpoint, it feels great to have everyone at LIV fighting so hard for the players and their best interests.

I think for the World Golf Rankings, this is a great way to keep its credibility, while not bringing in politics into the decision-making process. I think it's good for all parties.

Q. (Inaudible.)

PHIL MICKELSON: The reason I'm not concerned is that the number of points are based on the quality of the field and not the organization that's running the tournament, and the quality of our field is remarkably strong, and I'm sure for the world golf rankings to maintain their credibility, they'll continue to award the proper number of points that the tournaments deserve for all tours.

Q. Are you surprised at all how it came together? Seemingly a fairly shrewd idea they came up with here to go through that tour.

PHIL MICKELSON: Given the many obstacles that we have had to face from those trying to stop it, I think it's a great way to do this in addition to adding in a developmental tour for the Asian Tour who will be our feeding tour going forward. So I think it's a win on all parts.

Q. Being your first time in Thailand, what's it like? Anything that stands out? Are you enjoying yourself?

PHIL MICKELSON: I'm very impressed with the quality of the food. I love the food. So I have to be careful. I am very impressed with the golf course. This is my first exposure, first time in Thailand, and the golf course is remarkable.

Obviously it's in incredible shape. I don't know if I've seen a golf course in this good a condition. But it's also a wonderful design, very fun to play, great risk-reward, and I'm very glad to see such world-class architecture, design and golf in other parts of the world and right here in Thailand.

Q. Now that you're with LIV Golf, how do you feel about the possibility down the road that LIV Golf will be played more here in Asia-Pacific? And the second part of the question, do you feel that Asia could potentially be one of the biggest fan bases for the team concept of LIV Golf, and do you look forward to that?

PHIL MICKELSON: So I do agree with you that the team concept is very well received in this part of the world here in southeast Asia. I've also noticed a strong interest and appreciation for LIV Golf coming here, and I've noticed that there are a lot of people flying in from other countries to be here and to be a part of this and watch.

I think that this area has wanted this level of professional golf for a long time, and now that it's here, I find everyone here is very appreciative.

The way that LIV Golf is being received here and welcomed and wanted in Thailand and other countries here in southeast Asia, I think that there's a very good chance we'll have more events here, and I think that's the strength of this organization is its ability to move throughout the world and bring golf at the highest level throughout the world, grow the interest in the game of golf throughout the world, and I would see that continuing to grow and develop even more here.

Q. You're coming off your best round at LIV Golf; how do you feel about your game, and how do you feel about the Hy Flyers with two events left before Miami?

PHIL MICKELSON: So my game has been starting to come around, and Chicago was a bit of a breakthrough for me where I was able to slow my mind down and let the game become easy again and start to hit good shots and not race, not jump ahead but stay present.

I expect that I'll be able to continue that and continue to play well here. I expect to have a good week. I love the golf course. Our team is positioned to make a move.

The way we look at it is we have two opportunities to get past Friday of Doral, so if we have to play in a match on Friday, we have to win the match to get to Saturday, or we can play really well these next two weeks, get into the top four amongst the teams and get a bye through Friday and only have to play Saturday. That's kind of the way we're looking at it; it's our first of two opportunities to make it to the weekend at Doral.

Q. You are going to be playing with Thai players on the first day. What is your feeling or your feedback about Thai players? You have been seeing them, especially TK?

PHIL MICKELSON: Yes, I think that Thailand has done really a great job of developing good young talented players, and you're starting to see those players prosper and play well throughout the world. From Prom Meesawat to Kiradech, and TK is of rare talent. He's going to be something special. We're seeing now the good young players from this country start to compete and show how good they are on the professional level.

Q. As a veteran, how do you feel you can influence the game of golf and the younger generations coming up in future?

PHIL MICKELSON: So I'm trying to do that now in the partnership with LIV and the ability to bring golf to other parts of the world other than the United States. I think that the growth opportunity in the game is more global now, and we're seeing the interest in other countries, and we're seeing the opportunities in other countries, and LIV Golf is in a great spot to capitalize on that and benefit from it, but also give to those communities and help develop the game in other countries.

Q. LIV is expected to travel to sing pour next year, and you've played in Singapore and have many fans there. Can I get your thoughts about coming back to Singapore?

PHIL MICKELSON: I really enjoyed the opportunity to play there. I thought Sentosa was a great golf course to host a world-class event, and I thought it was a very fascinating country. I think Lee Kuan Yew is one of the greatest leaders, and the way he started that country and developed it, I thought he's done some really great things where you don't have any natural resources, to create one of the greatest harbors, to have it be such a clean city and to create such wealth for all of their citizens. I think he requires 10 percent of every paycheck of your paycheck to go to your retirement account. I think that he set up rules that you have to own and operate a business for 10 years before you're able to get into politics. I think he's created a pathway of success for that country, and they've created a lot of wealth as well as a great quality of life for its citizens, and I've enjoyed the time that I've been there.

 

 

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Thursday, 6 October, 2022

Bangkok, Thailand

Stonehill Golf Club

Dustin Johnson

Press Conference

Q. I thought we'd throw at you the World Ranking news that came out last night. What do you make of that and also sort of the way they've gone about trying to get them?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah, I mean, for me, I think we deserve them. I think obviously with the quality of players we have out here, the events we're having, we should have them.

I think it's fair. Obviously the way -- I think it's very smart and strategic the way they're going about it, but hopefully they make the right decision and give us World Ranking points.

Q. There's been a bit of talk from the players about trying to get the past five events, also the points reinstated on that. Is there any update on that?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: I don't see that happening. Obviously, yeah, that would be nice. Obviously none of us are playing events where you get points so we kind of keep slowly moving down, where if the World Ranking points are supposed to be non-biased for golfers, we should. I don't see that happening, though, which is okay, but at least going forward, hopefully we'll have them, because like I said, it's supposed to be a fair and non-biased organization that is for golf, which is exactly what we're doing.

Hopefully, like I said, they'll make the right decision and give us World Ranking points.

Q. A lot of people have been describing this course as pure. How would you rate it? I'd be scared to take a divot.

DUSTIN JOHNSON: It is really nice. It's one of the nicest conditioned courses I've played on. It's a really good golf course. It's long. I think the greens are challenging.

I think it's a good test of golf, and obviously depending on the wind, especially if we get a bit of wind, it'll play difficult.

But yeah, the conditions are unbelievable.

Q. And the conditions and the weather, I suppose, would that be a little bit of concern about the stamina for the players and the hydration this week? It's pretty steamy out there.

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah, it is warm. I live in South Florida, so I'm kind of used to it. It's not quite this humid there, but I don't mind the heat, and the ball goes further, so it's nice.

Q. Since Cam arrived, you've won one and he's won one. I realize there's 48 players in the field, but can you envision some type of mini rivalry with you and Cam, kind of like what they had in Formula 1 the last few years?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah, I'd love to battle it out every week with him on Sunday. It would be fantastic. That means I'm playing really well. But yeah, you're right, there's a lot of really good players.

But I feel like same with the Tour. If I'm playing well, I'm going to compete every week.

My game has been in pretty good form the last couple months, and it felt like it's still in good form. But yeah, obviously Cam is playing great and he's a really good player. Any of the good players, if they're playing well, they're going to be at the top competing on Sunday.

Q. In London as a team you guys lost by 18 strokes, and that was obviously a catalyst for change. When you look back at it now, was that maybe a good thing for the entire season, the way it's turned out?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Well, that was the first week, my first event out here. Other than a couple teams who had guys, too, and then the draft party -- even guys that had three guys on their team, they still got to pick in the first round. I didn't like that too much because I had to pick three people.

The first week was a little -- it was just different. After that week, that was when I started recruiting players to be on my team, because yeah, you're right, I didn't like it, and I wanted to compete and have a chance to win the event.

But yeah, it was still good. I thought London was great, and it was a really good start, but too, it was the first week. I didn't really know what was going on either too much, but after that I figured it out really quick.

Q. What's your impression of Thailand and also towards the Thai players on the Tour?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: The Thai player I don't really know. Obviously he's a good player, but I haven't played with him. I'm playing with him tomorrow so I'll get to see obviously firsthand, but I haven't played with him. He's good, I get that, but I don't know anything about his game. I can't really comment on that.

Thailand, I really enjoy being in Thailand. This is my second time. First time to Bangkok, but I did a vacation in Phuket eight or nine years ago. I really enjoyed that. That was a lot of fun.

Yeah, the people are really nice, the food is good, and I've enjoyed it.

Q. You're one of the early players who joined LIV Golf since the very beginning in London. Your own impression of how it's progressed, and is there anything you would like to see improve or perhaps expand upon as the years go by?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: I mean, I think you could ask anybody. I think for me, it's gone really well. It's gone better than even I expected it to. I think it's just going to keep getting better and keep getting more recognition around the world.

I think we're already starting to a lot. I think the media and everybody is starting to finally catch on that this is not a joke, it's real golf, and we've got some of the best players in the world. Obviously we don't have all of them, but we've got enough of them.

I think it's gone great. I really enjoy it. I love being out here. I love playing. I love being a part of it and starting something new. I think the team aspect brings a whole different kind of flavor to golf, and it's something that people and fans can get behind, and obviously we're going to play in all different parts of the world.

I've never played golf in Thailand. I've never played a tournament here, so it's a new place. Some people have seen us on TV but they've never seen us play in person. Going to different places and all that which we'll have the opportunity to do on the LIV Tour is going to help grow the game, and I think they're doing a good job with that so far.

Q. The individual race and the team race is heating up, so you could secure the individual championship by winning this event this week. You would be a total lock to win. Same with the Four Aces; I don't know that anybody can dethrone you guys. Are you going into the tournament this week thinking about winning so you can lock that individual championship, or in the Four Aces do you guys have a strategy?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Well, the team, we're good. We're going to be in the -- I think we'll be a No. 1 seed going into Miami.

For me, though, individually, yes, I would definitely like to lock that up going into next week even though next week is another golf course that I've played very well on and liked the course and had success there.

But still, it would be nice to get the individual title before we go to next week. So yeah, something I definitely would like to secure.

Q. There's a lot of talk out here about the team play and team this, team that. What are you guys doing, you, Pat, Taylor and Pat Perez, to build a team? Are you guys going out at night together? Are you going to dinners? What's going on?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: I mean, obviously we all know each other, and then we've played the last four events, I think, together. Yeah, we're not doing anything we normally don't do. Maybe play more practice rounds together. That's about it. But I'm buddies with all the guys, and I think we've got a pretty good camaraderie with the team, and they all want to win just as much as I do. I think that's the difference, and we've been playing well. It's real simple with golf. Whoever shoots the low score wins, so that's what we've done.

Q. This is a question about World Ranking points. Even with the players being able to earn points on different tours, are you still hopeful that LIV will be able to earn World Ranking points eventually?

DUSTIN JOHNSON: Yeah, I think so. I don't see how they don't award us points. Like I said, I think it's supposed to be a non-biased organization, so we are playing golf, competing with some of the best golfers in the world, so yes, we should be awarded points.

Will they do that? Hopefully. Like I said, I think we deserve them, and hopefully we'll get them.

Koelnmesse — industry trade fairs for the children’s first years segment:

posted Jul 20, 2022, 9:40 AM by siam coverage   [ updated Jul 20, 2022, 9:40 AM ]

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Koelnmesse is the world’s top trade fair organiser in the premium baby and toddler products segment. At the trade fair grounds in Cologne/Germany, the leading international trade fair Kind + Jugend is an established, central industry platform for the global trade and ordering business and presents an annual showcase of the latest products, trends and innovations. In addition to the event at its Cologne headquarters, Koelnmesse is expanding its portfolio internationally: Pueri Expo in São Paulo/Brazil is the largest trade fair in Latin America for premium baby and childcare products, bringing leading Brazilian and international brand manufacturers together with buyers and retailers from across the region with a carefully targeted approach. In South-East Asia, Kind + Jugend ASEAN will celebrate its premiere in Bangkok in 2023. 

Further information: Industry Sectors | Kind + Jugend ASEAN 2023 (kindundjugend.asia)

About the Thai Chamber of Commerce

The Thai Chamber of Commerce plays a proactive role in representing the interests of the local Thai business community. thaichamber.org

About Thai Toy and Children Product Trade Association

The Thai Toy and Children Product Trade Association was established in 1986 as the "Toys Club of Thailand" with the support of the Department of Commerce (Department of International Trade Promotion – DITP at present). The club was registered as an association in the year 1990. It is made up of entrepreneurs with the objective to focus on product development in both form and production, mainly for export but later expanded to cover the local market as well.

About Asia Toy and Play Association

The Asia Toy and Play Association (ATPA) is a non-profit that provides a platform for dialogue between various stakeholders in the toy industry. Its aim is to promote a toy industry that provides safe and valuable toys to children everywhere.



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