The field in the Tiger Skins tournament will include Retief Goosen, Thomas Bjorn, Colin Montgomerie and Grace Park, who have all agreed to donate an estimated $180,000 to the Thai Red Cross and its efforts to aid victims of the Dec. 26 tragedy.
The tournament is also aimed at garnering publicity for the island's tourist industry, telling potential visitors that its beaches are 'open for business,' a statement from the organizers said.
Nearly 5,400 Thais and foreign tourists perished when the giant wave slammed the southern coastline of Thailand. Another 2,932 are still missing.
'As professional golfers I feel we have a duty to travel the world and help promote the game of golf. However, sometimes we need to put the focus on things that are more important than golf,' Bjorn was quoted as saying.
One of the stars of the LPGA Tour, South Korea's Park, will make her first appearance playing against men in the 18-hole competition at the Blue Canyon Country Club.
'I'm playing against three great golfers and it will be challenging playing from the same tees. I'm a little nervous, but this is for a great cause to help the tsunami relief effort,' she said.
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