4 Aces GC in driver's seat at LIV event
A huge moment, say Sadom and Phachara
published : 5 Oct 2022 at 04:00
newspaper section: Sports
Organisers yesterday confirmed the 12 teams ready to compete in the US$25 million LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok this week as the new circuit's season-long competition hits the home stretch.
Securing four consecutive wins in five tournaments this season, the 4 Aces GC team of Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch and Pat Perez lead the pack as the series touches down on the Stonehill course located in Pathum Thani on the outskirts of Bangkok.
The Smash GC team of Brooks Koepka, his younger brother Chase, Peter Uihlein and Jason Kokrak will be looking to dethrone the 4 Aces after losing in Chicago by one stroke following Johnson's final hole birdie to secure the team title.
Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson's Hy Flyers GC, featuring Matthew Wolff, Bernd Wiesberger and Cameron Tringale, are coming into form ahead of this week's event which tees off on Friday.
The Hy Flyers finished in third place in points at Chicago's Rich Harvest Farms, edging out via tie-breaker the all-Australian Punch GC team of individual winner Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Wade Ormsby and Matt Jones. Both teams finished at 17 under and split third-place money.
Japan's Hideto Tanihara joins Chilean star and team captain Joaquin Niemann, Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent and Australia's Jediah Morgan on an international Torque GC team in search of their first podium.
Local golf fans will be out in force to cheer the Iron Heads GC, featuring Thai players Sadom Kaewkanjana and Phachara Khongwatmai alongside captain Kevin Na and Kim Si-Hwan.
"We are eager to present LIV Golf's innovative format and elite competition to one of the most exciting and rapidly developing golf landscapes in the world," said LIV Golf CEO and commissioner Greg Norman.
"The field comprises players with local ties and international acclaim, all committed to performing their best and supporting their teammates in pursuit of a title. It's sure to be a weekend of excitement for LIV Golf's Asian debut at Stonehill."
Alongside the team format, golf fans will also get the chance to watch 48 of the world's best golfers compete in the individual format, with 2020 British Open champion Smith and two-time major winner Johnson leading a star-studded field that includes 12 major champions including Mickelson, Reed, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.
This week's event will be the richest golf tournament ever to be held in Asia.
Phachara said: "To be playing in an event of this scale at home in Thailand is something I could only have dreamed of growing up. The quality of the field is unlike any golf event that will ever have competed here, which makes this a huge moment for not only golf, but also sports in Thailand and in Asia."
Sadom said: "Playing in Thailand confirms that LIV Golf is a global league, bringing the best in the world to our country and growing the game across the region.
"LIV Golf is something different, something very exciting, and this week is further evidence that the series is connecting with new audiences all around the world."
The three-day event will offer a multitude of off-course excitement for visitors to Stonehill.
A variety of opportunities to test one's golfing skills will include a high-tech golf simulator, chipping green and mini-golf, as well as music and immersive entertainment.
Younger fans will also be able to enjoy arts and crafts, educational workshops, face painting, and virtual reality entertainment.
Tickets are available at Thai Ticket Major outlets or thaiticketmjaor.com.