Three-time European tour title winner from Sweden, Johan Edfors, is a confirmed entrant to the 2016 King’s Cup Event, vying to scoop his second title in Thailand on the upcoming Asian Tour/European Tour co-sanctioned event, which will take place at the Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club in Pattaya, Chonburi on the 28-31 July, with winning place prize money total of US$135,000.
The event will be a coordinated joint venture with the Asian Tour, European Tour, the Sports Authority of Thailand, and the Thailand Professional Golf Association to organize one of the nation’s most prestige professional golf tournaments, the King’s Cup 2016, celebrating the special occasion of His Majesty the King’s 70th year accession to the throne. This year’s total prize money is US$750,000.
The 40-year old Johan Edfors from Sweden, who has previously attained three European tour event titles over the course of his career, has confirmed that he will definitely participate in this tournament. “I have had several opportunities to play in Thailand and I always enjoy playing here, including the coming King’s Cup. I know that this tournament is very prestigious and important for Thai people. I believe that all the local Thai golfers will showcase their skills in order to win this event title. I am excited to play at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club and, as other golfers; I hope I can win another title in Thailand.”
The King’s Cup golf event was firstly included on the Asian Tour schedule in the year 2009 in Khonkaen Province, with Chan Yih-shin from Taipei being the winner of the inaugural event. In the following year, the event saw its first Thai winner, Udorn Duangdecha. In 2011, the event was suspended due to the big flood problems and returned in 2012 with the winner being Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij followed by Prayad Marksaeng who was the winner in the following year in 2013. Finally, the latest winner was Thailand’s Thawaorn Wiratchant who won the title in 2014.
King’s Cup 2016 is Thailand’s second event this year that is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Asian Tour, following the True Thailand Classic held in Hua Hin in early part of this season.
The golfers who have entered and gained qualification for the upcoming King’s Cup 2016 consists of 90 players from the Asian Tour and 25 players from European Tour including 25 golfers from the Thailand Professional Association. Added to this number, there are a further 16 invited players. The event will be broadcast through Asian Tour media platforms on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th (13.00-17.00), Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st (12.00-16.00)
Thai fans can watch the event live on Channel 5 on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st from 14.00 to 14.00 hrs. alongside full game coverage on the same Asian Tour media platforms from Thursday to Sunday via the local satellite TrueVisions broadcast provider.