Dyson back in old stamping ground

Simon Dyson will go back to an old stamping ground when he tees it up at the Thailand Championship on Thursday’

Former Asian Tour number one Simon Dyson will find himself back in an old stamping ground when he tees off in the stellar field at the inaugural Thailand Golf Championship starting on Thursday.

And so too will Indian star Jeev Milkha Singh, a two time Asian Tour Merit Award winner.

The trio will join the impressive list of the World-class golfers already confirmed including World No 3 Lee Westwood, the Masters and Open champions Charl Schwartzel and Darren Clarke. Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa and Major winners, Spain’s back-in-form Sergio Garcia and Asian stars Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
Tetsuji Hiratsuka of Japan and and the exciting young gun Kim Kyung-tae of Korea.

Kim comes to Thailand with good memories od some impressive rounds at the Presidents Cup a few weeks ago.

Dyson launched his career in Asia when he won the 2000 Asian Tour Order of Merit courtesy of winning three titles in his rookie year. He then went on to ply his trade in Europe where he has now won six titles, two of them this year.

Kim, who has one Asian Tour title under his belt, will be looking tai maintain his fine form which saw him lift his fourth title in Japan this year.

His run of good form, highlighted by nine top-10s, earned him a spot on the 2011 Presidents Cup International Team.

Kim, ranked 23rd in the world, also played in all four of the Majors this year with his best finish in tied 30th place in the US Open and will be keen of carrying his experience to the Thailand Golf Championship where he will be one of the hot favourites to win.

India’s Singh, a two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, will be looking to end a title drought which dates back to 2008. A series of injuries curtailed his season last year but he looked to be returning to his best form when he claimed two joint fourth place finishes on the Asian Tour this season.

Hiratsuka, winner of the Asia Pacific Panasonic Open, will bank on his winning memories in Thailand where he won two out of three Asian Tour titles in the country last year.

He missed only one cut this year and will lead a strong cast of Japanese players to the Thailand Golf Championship including Ishikawa and Michio Matsumura, a two-time winner in Japan.

NOTE: The winner of the Thailand Golf Championship will earn a spot in the WWGC–Bridgestone Invitational 2012.