Port Dickson, Malaysia, October 15: Thailand’s Pipatpong Naewsuk bagged a couple of eagles in an opening seven-under-par 64 to grab a two-shot lead at the PGM-ASEAN PGA Port Dickson Championship on Wednesday.
Pipatpong, currently fifth on the 2014 Road to Sabah Masters rankings, carded eagles on the par-four ninth and the par-five last to go along with four birdies at Port Dickson Golf and Country Club.
October 14, Port Dickson, Malaysia: Former ASEAN PGA Tour number one Kwanchai Tannin and wonder kid Phachara Khongwatmai, the youngest-ever winner of a professional event, are amongst the favourites for victory at this week’s PGM-ASEAN PGA Port Dickson Championship.
Thailand’s Kwanchai, currently second on the 2014 Road to Sabah Masters rankings, and compatriot Phachara, making his way in the professional ranks after winning last year’s Singha Hua Hin Open as a 14-year-old amateur, face a host of leading Malaysian players at Port Dickson Golf and Country Club from October 15-18.
September 22: Chapchai Nirat, a winner and runner-up on the ASEAN PGA Tour this season, carried his good form into the Asian Tour last week with victory in the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.
The 31-year-old Thai defeated Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna, also a former winner on the ASEAN PGA Tour, in the first play-off hole at Seri Selangor Golf Club.
They finished regulation play in 10-under-par 274, Lascuna shooting a 63 to tie with Chapchai (68).
August 28: ASEAN PGA Tour player Danny Chia of Malaysia has sealed a spot in the cash-rich CIMB Classic in October.
Chia put up a spirited performance to earn his third appearance at the CIMB Classic after defeating countryman Khor Kheng Hwai on the first play-off hole at the SapuraKencana National Qualifier on Wednesday.
Penang, Malaysia, August 11: Victory for Jhonnel Ababa in the PGM-ASEAN PGA Penang Championship at the weekend opened up new career opportunities for the ambitious 30 year old from the Philippines.
Araba surged to third spot in the Road to Sabah Masters rankings, assuring himself of a coveted spot in the ASEAN PGA Tour’s end-of-season tournament.
Penang, Malaysia, August 9: Unheralded Jhonnel Ababa of the Philippines lifted his first ASEAN PGA Tour title on Saturday with a two-shot victory in the PGM-ASEAN PGA Penang Championship.
Ababa, 30, was three strokes ahead overnight but was pushed hard by Thailand’s Atthaphon Sriboonkaew who twice drew within a stroke of the leader.
Penang, Malaysia, August 8: Unsung Jhonnel Ababa of the Philippines hit the high notes on Friday as he surged into a commanding three-shot lead at the PGM-ASEAN PGA Penang Championship.
The 30-year-old Ababa, who represented his country on many occasions during a standout amateur career, sizzled to a 65 for a three-round total of 15-under-par 201 at Penang Golf Club.
Penang, Malaysia, August 7: Boy wonder Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand, who become the youngest winner of a professional event with his victory in last year’s Singha Hua Hin Open as a 14-year-old amateur, grabbed a share of the halfway lead at the PGM-ASEAN PGA Penang Championship on Thursday.
Phachara, now competing as a professional, shot a 67 to join countrymen Nakarintra Ratanakul and Atthaphon Sriboonkaew in top spot on nine-under-par 135 at Penang Golf Club.