The Asian Tour’s number 24 is certainly playing well at the moment, and in October won the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship. Last week at the Ho Tram Open in Vietnam he shared sixth place, which will provide a crucial confidence boost from Thursday.
Amongst the elite field will be Bubba Watson, who last week won the Hero World Challenge in tremendous fashion. The two-time Masters champ is a sure-fire threat over the coming 72 holes.
Also set for a big result is Sergio Garcia, who ended a 22-month title drought with his victory at the Ho Tram Open, where he won a four-man playoff on Sunday.
“I haven’t won in a while, so it gives me a lot of confidence heading into Thailand, where I have enjoyed success in the past,” said Garcia, who won the Thailand Golf Championship in 2013 with a record 22-under-par total. “To repeat the win in Thailand would be the perfect way to head into the Christmas break.”
Australian PGA Championship winner Nathan Holman will also compete at Amati Spring Country Club this week, having claimed his breakthrough European Tour victory last week after trumping Dylan Frittelli in a playoff.
For Norris it’s a week full of promise. The field contains top-ranked golfers and that means World Ranking points abound, so the South African will be aiming look to improve on his current position of 323rd.
Standing in his way will be local stars Thongchai Jaidee, Thaworn Wiratchant, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, along with European stalwarts Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, and Martin Kaymer.
The $1-million tournament is the penultimate event on the Asian Tour calendar and Norris ticks all the boxes to do well. He is joined by nine other South Africans, and will surely be keen to pit his skills against some of the best golfers in the world.