05 January 2018
Two Asian Players Qualify for WGC
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and China’s Li Haotong officially qualified for the WGC-Mexico Championship to be held from February 28 to March 4, 2018, at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City. Based on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai final standing both players are in the Top 20.
Back on form following two runner-up finishes in Italy and Dubai and a T6 in Turkey recently, Kiradech is delighted to earn his third appearance in the WGC-Mexico Championship. With a T18 at the 2015 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play being his best finish in the World Golf Championships, the 28-year-old is eager to improve his record next March. Kiradech holds three wins on the European Tour and two on the Asian Tour.
“I'm really excited to qualify for my third WGC-Mexico Championship. It is always fun to have the opportunity to play in these big tournaments against the top stars in the world. Being the first World Golf Championships of the year, I will be very motivated to produce a strong performance in Mexico and hopefully, I can play well over four days to challenge for the title,” said Kiradech, who has seven top-10s around the world this year, as quoted in a PGA Tour release.
Li, who is China’s top-ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking, is also heading to Mexico City. Having competed in the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on five occasions with a best finish of T7 in 2015, the WGC-Mexico Championship will be 22-year-old Li’s first start in a World Golf Championship event outside of his native China.
Li has risen to No. 57 in the world after a successful summer that included a solo third at The Open Championship when he carded a final-round 63 in the tournament at Royal Birkdale.
“I’m really excited about qualifying for the WGC-Mexico Championship in 2018. It is always my ambition to play and compete against the best players in the world, so to get into the elite field is a special feeling,” said Li. “I am determined to make it a memorable week by playing to my best ability and hopefully contending for a win.”