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Preview: Avantha Masters

 

Thongchai hoping to qualify for Masters

GREATER NOIDA, India (AP) Thai golfer Thongchai Jaidee is hoping to qualify for the Masters by improving his ranking with a victory at the Avantha Masters this week.

Thongchai, an Asian Tour Order of Merit winner three times, is ranked 59th after three top-10 finishes in five starts this season. A top-50 ranking by the end of the month would qualify him for Augusta National.

He became the first Thai in 35 years to appear at the Masters in 2006 thanks to a special invitation, and he missed the cut. He qualified with a top-50 ranking in 2010 but withdrew with an elbow injury after a first-round 74.

``It's an important week for me as I want to break into the top 50 and get into the Masters,'' Thongchai said Wednesday. ``I'm very comfortable with my swing and if I can putt well, I believe I stand a good chance.''

Among those in the field at Jaypee Greens are six European Ryder Cup players: Colin Montgomerie, Edoardo Molinari, Ignacio Garrido, David Howell, Thomas Levet and Philip Price.

Montgomerie, a record eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner, said his interest in India stretched beyond playing golf.

``India is unquestionably one of the world's biggest growth areas for golf,'' Montgomerie said. ``Having recently added a project in (coastal city) Goa to my golf course design portfolio, I hope to play my part in the development of the game in India.''

All three former winners are in the field - Andrew Dodt of Australia, Shiv Chowrasia of India and defending champion Jbe Kruger of South Africa. They won when the tournament was played at DLF in Delhi, but still like their chances at the 7,347-yard Greg Norman-designed course in Greater Noida.

``It's one of my favorite events on the tour, so I'm really looking forward to it,'' Dodt said.

Also entered are Asian Tour Order of Merit winners Liang Wen-Chong of China and the Indian pair of Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa.

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Avantha Masters field
Felipe AguilarThomas AikenBjorn Akesson
Feroz Ali MollahKiradech AphibarnratSeuk-Hyun Baek
Matthew BaldwinScott BarrJay Bayron
Darren BeckKunal BhasinGaganjeet Bhullar
Marcus BothGregory BourdyKristoffer Broberg
Jorge CampilloAlejandro CanizaresMagnus A. Carlsson
Christian CevaerAbhijit Singh ChadhaGunn Charoenkul
Danny ChiaDaniel ChopraVikrant Chopra
Om Prakash ChouhanS.S.P. ChowrasiaThitiphun Chuayprakong
Robert ColesJavi ColomoAdilson Da Silva
Shankar DasGulfam DelhiRobert-Jan Derksen
M DharmaAndrew DodtDavid Drysdale
Victor DubuissonSimon DysonJohan Edfors
Niclas FasthRichard FinchOliver Fisher
Tommy FleetwoodMark FosterBen Fox
Lorenzo GagliRahil GangjeeIgnacio Garrido
Gaurav GheiDavid GleesonJean-Baptiste Gonnet
Ricardo GonzalezJoonas GranbergEmiliano Grillo
Harendra P. GuptaAnders HansenGregory Havret
Scott HendBerry HensonMichael Hoey
David HorseyDavid HowellMikko Ilonen
MD IslamRaphael JacquelinThongchai Jaidee
Manav JainiKhalin H JoshiPariya Junhasavasdikul
Harmeet KahlonAnthony KangShiv Kapur
Rikard KarlbergDaisuke KataokaRashid Khan
Shamim KhanSimon KhanMaximilian Kieffer
Chan KimGi-whan KimSoren Kjeldsen
Jason KnutzonMasanori KobayashiJbe' Kruger
Ashok KumarChiragh KumarMukesh Kumar
Sanjay KumarVijay KumarVinod Kumar
Maarten LafeberAnirban LahiriJose Manuel Lara
Pablo LarrazabalAntonio LascunaPeter Lawrie
Craig LeeSung LeeThomas Levet
Wen-Chong LiangDavid LipskyAbhinav Lohan
Joost LuitenJaakko MakitaloAmardip Sinh Malik
Mardan MamatGareth MaybinProm Meesawat
Zaw MoeEdoardo MolinariColin Montgomerie
Jonathan MooreJames MorrisonC Muniyappa
R MurthyChapchai NiratWade Ormsby
Hyun-bin ParkUnho ParkMithun Perera
Chinnarat PhadungsilPanupol PittayaratChawalit Plaphol
Kieran PrattPhillip PriceAngelo Que
Julien QuesneAlvaro QuirosHimmat Singh Rai
Jyoti RandhawaAnura RohanaBoonchu Ruangkit
Brett RumfordElmer SalvadorKalle Samooja
Ajeetesh SandhuRicardo SantosMohd Siddikur
Digvijay SinghGaurav Pratap SinghJeev Milkha Singh
Sujjan SinghJoel SjoholmLee Slattery
Graeme StormAndy SullivanKwanchai Tannin
Namchok TantipokhakulArshdeep TiwanaArnond Vongvanij
Paul WaringMarc WarrenPeter Whiteford
Martin WiegeleBernd WiesbergerFabrizio Zanotti
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10None0
TOP 25None0
TOP 50Victor Dubuisson (39),Thongchai Jaidee (49)2
TOP 100Bernd Wiesberger (54),Joost Luiten (60),Kiradech Aphibarnrat (70),Brett Rumford (78),Mikko Ilonen (83),David Howell (98),Pablo Larrazabal (99)7