Bangkok: Former Asian Tour number one Jeev Milkha Singh will lead a strong Indian challenge at the season-ending inaugural Thailand Golf Championship title, starting on Thursday.

Jeev, who has twice won the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2006 and 2008, is hoping to end the season on a winning note and end his title drought dating back to 2008.

The other Indians in the field are SSP Chowrasia, Jyoti Randhawa, Himmat Rai, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Shiv Kapur, Rahil Gangjee, Digvijay Singh, Manav Jaini and Chiragh Kumar.

Of this lot, Chowrasia, Gaganjeet and Himmat have tasted victories this season.

Anirban Lahiri is skipping the event as he is playing the European Tour Qualifying School.

The field at the Thailand Golf Championship will include Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa and Major winners Darren Clarke and Charl Schwartzel in the USD 1 million Asian Tour season-ending event.

World number three Lee Westwood will also feature in the event with a host of Asian Tour stars including three-time Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, Tetsuji Hiratsuka of Japan and Spaniard Sergio Garcia and former Asian Tour No. 1 Simon Dyson and Korean Kim Kyung-Tae.

Dyson launched his career in Asia when he won the 2000 Asian Tour Order of Merit courtesy winning three titles in his rookie year. He went on to ply his trade in Europe where he has won six titles, two of which came this year in the Netherlands and Ireland.

Ranked 32 in the world, Dyson is riding a rich vein of form heading into the Thailand Golf Championship where he has seven top-10s this year and an impeccable track record in Asia.

World number three Lee Westwood will also feature in the event with a host of Asian Tour stars including three-time Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, Tetsuji Hiratsuka of Japan and Spaniard Sergio Garcia and former Asian Tour No. 1 Simon Dyson and Korean Kim Kyung-Tae.

Dyson launched his career in Asia when he won the 2000 Asian Tour Order of Merit courtesy winning three titles in his rookie year. He went on to ply his trade in Europe where he has won six titles, two of which came this year in the Netherlands and Ireland.

Ranked 32 in the world, Dyson is riding a rich vein of form heading into the Thailand Golf Championship where he has seven top-10s this year and an impeccable track record in Asia.

(Agencies)