first_img“Its a proud moment for me. Itll be the first time that “Its a proud moment for me. Itll be the first time that a Thai player will play in the Presidents Cup. I think it can help the other young Asian players. When they see that I can get into the team, then they too will aim for it” said the 45-year-old, who holds 13 Asian Tour victories and has also triumphed twice on European soil. Lahiri and Thongchai join Jason Day (Aus), Louis Oosthuizen (SAF), Adam Scott (Aus), Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Branden Grace (SAF), Marc Leishman (Aus), Charl Schwartzel (SAF) and Danny Lee, the Korean-born Australian in the International Team with captain Nick Price naming two picks later on Tuesday. As of now the International team has four Australia, three South Africans and one each from Japan, India and Thailand. The U.S. team will consist of Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar and Chris Kirk, with two more picks to be included. The Presidents Cup will be held at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Songdo IBD, Incheon City, from October 6 to 11. Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han hailed Lahiri and Thongchai for their achievements. “The Asian Tour is delighted and proud to see our members Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee earning automatic places in the International Team. “It is another feather in the cap for them as Anirban will be the first Indian and Thongchai the first Thai to play in the Presidents Cup. “It is a fitting reward for their magnificent performances on the Asian Tour and across the globe over the past two seasons,” he said. “We expect them to contribute immensely towards the International Team?s attempt to regain the Presidents Cup but ultimately, their presence will boost the development of the game across Asia. Young golfers will now have another reason to aspire for the top and with Japans Hideki Matsuyama also in the International Team, it proves that Asian golf has grown in stature and strength. This is another fantastic testament towards the role played by the Asian Tour in developing professional golf in the region. PTI CORR FK FKadvertisementlast_img read more

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