Jaidee, Liang are Kings Cup favourites

Thongchai Jaidee and Liang Wen-chong, the top-two ranked golfers on the Asian Tour, will headline the King’s Cup.

Thai star Thongchai Jaidee and China’s Liang Wen-chong, the top-two ranked golfers on the Asian Tour, will headline the King’s Cup in Thailand next week.

Thongchai, who has already wrapped up a record third Asian Tour’s Order of Merit crown, will be shooting for glory in the Asian Tour’s final event of the year at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club in Khon Kaen, north east of the capital city of Bangkok.

Joining Thongchai in the elite field are the likes of Liang, who has secured second place on the Order of Merit, Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, who is an 11-time winner in Asia, Chapchai Nirat of Thailand, India’s Jyoti Randhawa and C. Muniyappa and Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing.

The King’s Cup is making its debut on the Asian Tour Schedule and Thongchai will certainly be aiming to further sweeten his season by finishing his year on a winning note. He has already won twice (in Indonesia and Korea) and will be the firm favourite at this week’s US$300,000 full field event.

Winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit title really means a lot to me. The competition is getting tougher each year and to win it again shows that my game is improving each year as well,” said Thongchai whose best finish in a Major was his tie for 13th at the British Open in Turnberry, Scotland in July.

Liang will enter the King’s Cup with hopes of ending his season on a high note. The Chinese star missed out on the Order of Merit title, but remains optimistic as he is also on top of his game.

He pushed hard for his third career victory on two occasions but had to settle for tied second place at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic and Barclays Singapore Opens.

As the Asian Tour season comes to a close, players sitting in the bottom half of the Order of Merit will be battling tooth-and-nail to secure their Tour cards for next season.

Malaysian Shaaban Hussin currently lies on the edge of the bubble in 65th place on the Order of Merit and will need a good result in the King’s Cup to ensure he earns his full Tour card for next year when only the top 65 will get automatic Tour cards