Wednesday, January 04, 2006

It’s Gonna’ Rock in Bangkok
(I Had to Rhyme, Sorry)

Are you griping about the Mercedes Championship this weekend being a low profile tournament because Tiger, Phil, Ernie and Retief aren't going to be there? If you are, wake up! It’s still Golf damn it! But if you can’t stand to stomach the beautiful vistas of Kapalua Golf Club in Maui because you’re stuck in a frigid wasteland that is currently producing more rain than snow like I am, let me turn you on to something else.

The Royal Trophy is soon approaching, and all interested folks should leer toward Amata Spring Country Club in beautiful Bangkok Thailand. This inaugural event, which pins a Seve Ballesteros led European team, against the Asian counterparts of the East, which is captained by Masahiro Kuramoto, is sure to be one of great importance to the Asian Golfing constituency who don’t usually have the opportunity to cheer for their home bred professionals in this type of match play format.

The Royal Trophy is a sanctioned event by the European, Japan and Asian tours. The show is scheduled to begin on the 7th and end on the 8th (That’s this weekend for those of you who don’t have a calendar). The two days of competition will include foursomes, four-ball and singles matches. At the end of the day on Sunday, one lucky team will be splitting $1.5 million (U.S.) or $1,236,597.19 Euros or $60,635,962.37 baht.

Damn. I sure would hate to have to count all that baht. All the same, it’s sure to be a humdinger of a tournament.

The European team is made up of some oldies but goodies along with some fresh flavor. Thomas Bjorn, Nick Faldo, who happens to be both a captains pick and also out of a broadcasting job at ABC after the impending season, Kenneth Ferrie, David Howell, Graeme McDowell, Paul McGinley, Henrik Stenson and Ian Woosnam, who was the second captains pick.

To the “every once in a while” Golf viewer/reader the Asian team has a few names that aren’t going to chime a gong, but nevertheless, these guys can play, and play well might I add. Thaworn Wiratchant, Thongchai Jaidee (both products of Thailand) and Jyoti Randhawa rounded out the top three spots on the Asian Tours’ Order of Merit for 2005. Yasuharo Imano, Keiichiro Fukabori, Hun Suk-ho, with Arjun Atwal and Zhang Lian-wei, who were both captains picks, round out the remainder of the team.

The Golf Channel will be broadcasting the event on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m-12 noon. I’ll be watching, as I usually am.

Prediction: On a limb and a prayer, the Asian team will come out victorious.


At 8:55 PM, Blogger Miranda said...

What am I going to do without Nick Faldo's commentary?? (No I wasn't being sarcastic there - LOL) I may have to check this out on Saturday. As for the Mercedes Championships, to be somewhat fair, Hawaii is out in the middle of an ocean. Not exactly a convenient trip for some of the players. That being said, you'd have to be an idiot to NOT go to Hawaii in the middle of winter.

At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Cal said...

^Miranda - Australia is in the middle of an ocean too (well 1 ocean and a few seas)!

At least Hawaii gets some of the worlds top golfers. Apart from the usual Australian suspects, I think we had maybe half a dozen in the top 100 from around the world here over the Australian season (all 4 weeks of it!).


At 9:23 AM, Blogger The Undaunted Duffer said...

That may be true, but you have some great usual suspects.

And 2005 was a year for the record books for Australian Golf too.

Are you a Robert Allenby fan?

At 12:54 PM, Blogger CB said...

I don't count myself as an 'every once in a while' golf fan, but I have no idea who the guys in the Asian tour are. That said, I'll probably catch a little of the event.

At 4:01 PM, Blogger The Undaunted Duffer said...

Understandable. Try to catch a little and let me know what you think. For some reason, I seem to really get into the Asian and European tours just as much as the PGA.

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Mulligan Stu said...

Mr. Undaunted, drop me a line at if you're interested in playing some free fantasy golf. I'm trying to put together a league for golf bloggers. Thanks for the link, by the way. -- Mulligan Stu

At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Cal said...

I like to follow Peter Lonard and Stuart Appleby.

I don't know what it is about Allenby, but I just can't seem to get into him. He plays magnificent golf though, and his 3 wins in Australia recently definately show his class. However, would he have won with more of the worlds top 50 here?

At 11:24 PM, Blogger The Undaunted Duffer said...

I don't blame you about Allenby, he more than likely would have been a top 10 finisher if others were involved.

But really, the guy came out of nowhere. (Figure of speech) But he has been playing some great golf as of late.

Stu though, is always in contention at the Mercedes.

At 5:39 AM, Blogger dave said...

This sounds like a good event to watch and you can do both. Thanks for the tip!


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