August 5, Chiangmai : In-form Prayad Marksaeng, the current leader of the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of
Merit, will be the player to beat at the Singha Chiangmai Open which tees off on Thursday.
The veteran Thai is coming off a victory at the Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open, his fifth victory on the
Japan Golf Tour Organisation.
Among his likely challengers at Mae Jo Golf Resort & Spa will be defending champion Chapchai Nirat,
multiple winner Thaworn Wiratchant and young gun Jazz Janewattananond, who is knocking on the
door of a breakthrough win.
Prayad, who will turn 50 next January, continues to show that age is no barrier to success. The world
number 110 heads the ASEAN PGA Tour moneylist thanks to victory in the Singha Pattaya Open in
March and a joint second place finish behind winner Pawin Ingkhapradit at last month’s Singha
Panasonic Hua Hin Open.
In last year’s tournament, big-hitting Chapchai birdied the final three holes to beat off a strong challenge
from fellow Thai Pipatpong Naewsuk.
Chapchai was two shots ahead going into the final round but surrendered the lead to the hard-charging
Pipatpong at the 13th hole before turning on the after burners and sizzling home in 64 for a two-stroke
Like countryman Prayad, Thaworn still has an unquenchable thirst for success at 48 years of age and
he will be keen to add to his win in the season-opening Singha E-San Open.
Janewattananond contended at both OneAsia’s Singha Corporation Thailand Open and the Queen’s
Cup on the Asian Tour in June, finishing fourth and third respectively, and his play suggests a victory is
not far off.
The Singha Chiangmai Open is jointly sanctioned by the ASEAN PGA Tour and the
All Thailand Golf Tour.