Five players from the top 10 of the current Asian Tour’s Order of Merit will tee off in today’s Queen’s Cup tournament at the Santiburi Samui Country Club on the tourist destination of Koh Samui, running from the 16th until the final hole on the 19th of June.
The Queen’s Cup is sponsored by Bangkok Airways, Sports Authority of Thailand, Santiburi Samui Country Club and co-sponsored by Bangkok Hospital Group, Airbus, BCLN, PTT, Samui Property Fund, Bangkok Bank, Thailand PGA, Bangkok Insurance, Sabre, Arecap and Hertz.
Siddikur is one of the hottest players this season having achieved two top-three finishes and a tied eighth in India, Malaysia and Indonesia to lie in second place on the rankings chart. Last season he made history by becoming the first Bangladeshi to triumph on the Asian Tour.
India’s 30-year-old Sujjan Singh will head to the Queen’s Cup knowing that his Tour Card for 2011 has been secured following a top-five finish in the co-sanctioned Avantha Masters in India. Ranked 10th, Prayad Marksaeng, known to his colleagues as the Beast of Samui will attract all eyes after several near misses in the past. He was tied sixth last year and finished third and second at the Bangkok Airways Tournament on Koh Samui.
Several other big names heading to the eighth leg of this season’s Asian Tour include Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand, winner of the Queen’s Cup in 2009, and Tetsuji Hiratsuka of Japan will defend the Queen’s Cup, one of three titles won last season on the Asian Tour.