Thailand Open taken off 2014 schedule

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This year’s Thailand Open golf championship has been cancelled due to the ongoing political uncertainty in the country and difficulties finding a new date, organisers announced this week.

The US$1 million tournament was scheduled to take place in March at Thana City Golf & Sports Club but was postponed to later in 2014 due to the 60-day State of Emergency declared in Bangkok.

Organisers will continue to monitor the situation with an eye on staging the event in early 2015.

“The Thailand Open is a world-class tournament and we want to hold it when the environment is stable,” said Rungsrid Luxsitanonda, President of the Thailand Golf Association (TGA).

“It is difficult to find a suitable date in late 2014 as the golf calendar is busy during that period.”

The Thailand Open is jointly sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) and was to be the season-opening event for both Tours.

“We needed some certainty in the situation so it has been agreed by all relevant parties to cancel this year’s Thailand Open,” said Patrick Feizal Joyce, Vice President of Golf at World Sport Group, the event promoter.

“It is our hope that the tournament will be staged next year and we will work with the TGA, the JGTO and OneAsia to find a suitable date.”