The King’s Cup takes place at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club, Pattaya this week and the Asian Tour Order of Merit champions are poised to make the US$750,000 event a keenly-contested one.
The field is made up of 90 players from the Asian Tour, 25 from The European Tour, 25 from Thailand PGA and 16 invitational spots.
Prize money earned at the tournament will count towards Race to Dubai ranking on The European Tour the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant is expected to put up a strong defence of the title he won in 2014 but he is likely to have strong opposition in the form of Korean-American David Lipsky and Philippines’ Juvic Pagunsan, to name just two.
“It is a great honour for me to defend my title at the King’s Cup. The King’s Cup is such an important tournament for the Thai players. I’m proud to be a winner of the King’s Cup and I’ll do my best to defend this prestigious trophy,” said Thaworn, a Merit winner in 2005 and 2014.
The King's Cup has been held in Thailand apart from its inaugural year in 2009 and Thaworn is determined to make the home supporters happy again by claiming another victory.
“There are many young and up-coming players who will challenge for the trophy. But it is different when you are fighting for the King’s Cup because this is a trophy which you want to keep in Thailand,” added the 49-year-old.