European Tour adds second Thai tournament


The European Tour will visit Thailand for a second time in 2016 when the King's Cup, co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour, takes place from July 28-31.

Phoenix Gold Golf Club in Pattaya will host the event, which will feature 90 players from the Asian Tour, 25 European Tour representatives and 25 from the Thailand PGA.

European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said: "We are delighted to be adding another tournament to the schedule, which gives those European Tour members not playing in the US PGA Championship an opportunity to compete that week.

"We had a very successful visit to Thailand in February [for the True Thailand Classic in Hua Hin]; it's a wonderful country with some of the most warm, welcoming people in the world, so we are very much looking forward to returning for the King's Cup."

Kyi Hla Han, the Asian Tour commissioner, added: "We are delighted to co-sanction the King's Cup with our long-time partner, the European Tour.

"I believe the addition of 25 European Tour players in the field will strengthen what is already a highly-regarded and prestigious golf tournament.

"With the King's Cup now featuring on our 2016 schedule, it will provide further playing opportunities for our members, especially with the Olympic Games being held a few weeks after the tournament."