Tens of thousands of protesters have flooded the streets of the
Thai capital in an attempt to bring down the government of Prime
Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and five people have been killed in
clashes over the past week.
The turmoil caused organisers of the Race of Champions motorsport
event in Bangkok to call off the event but the Thailand Golf
Championship tournament in Chonburi (around 75 km east of the
capital) is expected to go ahead as scheduled.
"I haven't caught too much on TV. I've heard a little bit of the
news. I'm not too worried about it. I'm excited to come see
Bangkok," the 24-year-old told reporters in a conference call on
"I've heard a lot of good things, and I trust that everyone with the
tournament and everyone organising the event will look after us
quite well and we'll be just fine."
Swede Henrik Stenson, winner of the Race To Dubai and U.S. FedExCup
in 2013, reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, defending champion
Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, Spain's Sergio Garcia and American
Bubba Watson are the other big names playing at Amata Spring Country
Club next week.
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The 2013 campaign has been a difficult one for Fowler and the
former number one-ranked amateur feels a few tweaks to his game
should put him in a better place for the next season.
"This past year was a little slow for me. I would have liked to
have been in contention a little bit more," Fowler, who will
turn 25 in Thailand next week, said.
"A little bit more just kind of general, working on my swing a
little bit, and trying to get things a little more efficient and
"Outside of that, I'm going to play a few more tournaments next
And with 2014 being a Ryder Cup year, the American, currently
ranked 41 in the world, has another major incentive to improve
his performance to seal a second appearance at the prestigious
team matchplay event.
"It's definitely one of my main goals for the year. I'd like a
chance to play in my second Ryder Cup," Fowler, who made an
accomplished debut in 2010 but failed to make the U.S. team last
"So, you know, keeping good momentum, getting into a good rhythm
going into the year, it's definitely key. A lot can happen in
"You get to get some confidence and a good rhythm going, a lot
of good things can happen."
(Editing by John O'Brien)