Gunn Charoenkul has welcomed the introduction of The International Series ahead of this week’s International Series Thailand at Black Mountain Golf Club, calling the series “next level”.
The 2020 Olympian was plagued by injury throughout the pandemic but has bounced back emphatically, highlighted by earning the biggest payday of his career with a second place in the International Series Qatar in February.
Gunn said: “The International Series is the next level of Asian Tour tournaments and special in every way. They always pick good golf courses and all of us enjoy playing International Series events, especially when we have one on home soil.
“Black Mountain is a great golf course. Always in great condition and I hope I play well there. It will be a pleasure to be there and play in front of a home crowd and we’ll have a good time there.”
A professional for 12 years with as many wins across multiple Asian based tours the Thai star was asked for his opinion on the growth of the Asian Tour: “The Asian Tour is growing and welcoming other players from around the world – everyone looks forward to International Series events. I can see it’s getting stronger and improving our game. It’s a better picture for the Asian Tour.”
Fuelled by a stream of confidence the 30-year-old is hoping to go one better than his finish in Qatar and when asked if Black Mountain Golf Club suits his style of play, he said: “It does favour me I think. I play well there most of the time. I’ve finished top 20 there before and hopefully I do better there this year.”
The Bangkok native now realizes the opportunities ahead of him as he sits third on The International Series Order of Merit (OMM) and fifth on the Asian Tour OOM: “That’s the goal I’ve been working towards. With that finish [2nd in Qatar] I hope I can keep that momentum going.
“Winning on The International Series and Asian Tour Order of Merits is a goal I have set, even though I won’t get a couple of starts but all things considered I think I have a good chance.”
Gunn is striving to take advantage of the pathway offered by The International Series and when asked where the continuation of his good play could lead, he said: “The prize money is very attractive, and I like to be settled around family at home. That said, at the end of the day I either want to play on LIV or the PGA Tour and I continue to aim high – we’ll see where I go.”
This year marks the second staging of the International Series Thailand. Sihwan Kim triumphed last year at Black Mountain, in what was the first ever International Series event.
The $2 million tournament starts Thursday and is the third International Series event of the year and fifth stop on the Asian Tour.