Golf-Major Winners Clarke, McIlroy to Tee off at Thai Golf Championship

Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy, winners of the two recent men’s major golf championships, will take part in the first Thailand Golf Championship along with world No. 2 golfer Lee Westwood in December.

The tournament with a $1 million purse which will be held at the Amata Spring Country Club from December 15 to 18 is the last stop on the Asian Tour. The champions will get a berth to the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Hopefully, the tournament will bring a little nicer weather than the British Open when Clarke was playing in a blur in the rain and wind to win the title at the 20th attempt. Darren Clarke, 48 has a good record in Asia. He claimed the BMW Open title in Shanghai in 2008.

Northern Ireland’s McIlroy who won the U.S. Open title at Congressional also regularly plays in Asia and would like to end this season’s campaign on an up-note.

England’s Lee Westwood who went on an Asian trip after the Masters tournament and won two Asian Tour events in South Korea and Indonesia is also enthusiastic about the upcoming championship.The 38-year-old Englishman said that the Amata Spring Country Club course was splendid and the tournament would make a huge contribution to the development of golf in Asia.

It remains to be seen which golfer will luck out to pick up the hefty prize fund.