Big shots enter Thai event

Updated: 2011-08-04 08:32

(China Daily)

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Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke, golf's two most recent major winners, will tee off alongside world No 2 Lee Westwood at the inaugural Thailand Golf Championship in December, organizers said on Tuesday.

The $1 million tournament, which takes place at the Amata Spring Country Club from Dec 15-18, is the Asian Tour's season finale and the winner will receive a spot in the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Clarke's fellow Northern Irishman McIlroy, who won his first major at the US Open in June, is also a regular on the end-of-year Asia swing and said he was hoping to end his season "on a winning note" in Thailand.

Englishman Westwood, who won back-to-back Asian Tour tournaments in Indonesia and South Korea in April, said the course was "fantastic" and the tournament a boost to golf in the region.

"Thailand and Asia are emerging markets in golf," he said. "A lot of interesting golfing out there. It is good to have such a big event in this continent."