Phachara goes for the double

Chiangmai, Thailand, August 7: Schoolboy amateur Phachara Khongwatmai, who rocked the golf world by winning last month’s Singha Hua Hin Open at just 14, will bid for unlikely back-to-back titles on the ASEAN PGA Tour at this week’s Singha Chiangmai Open.

The precociously talented Thai lifted last month’s Hua Hin Open by four strokes from experienced countryman Prom Meesawat, a regular on the European Tour, to become the youngest player ever to win a professional golf event aged 14 years, two months and 18 days.

Phachara will take time off from his studies at Kittivit Bilingual School in Hat Yai to tee up against some of Asia’s leading players, including the Thai trio of Prayad Marksaeng, Chawalit Plaphol and Chapchai Nirat, at Mae Jo Golf Club & Resort from August 8-11.

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Jitti savours seven under lead

Hua Hin, Thailand, July 18: Thailand’s Jitti Sritanapol upstaged big-name players to take the first round lead in the Singha Hua Hin Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

The little-known golfer fired a seven-under-par 64 at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course in the US$65,000 tournament.

A quartet of his country’s premier players, Prom Meesawat, Chawalit Plaphol, Pariya Junhasavasdikul, and Annop Tangkamolprasert, are in hot pursuit after shooting 65.

Amateur Phachara Khongwatmai is in sole possession of sixth a shot further back.

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ASEAN PGA dream factory inspires storylines

September 1: A quartet of winners at different stages of their careers spiced up the ASEAN PGA Tour during the first half of the season.

Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, one of Asia’s best performing players in recent years, late bloomer Udorn Duangdecha, rising star Thanyakon Khrongpha and renaissance man Prom Meesawat showed the diversity of the popular circuit with contrasting victories.

Siddikur continued his remarkable rise from ball boy to one of Asia’s finest by winning the US$160,000 Negeri Sembilan Masters Invitational, the most lucrative tournament on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
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Super Udorn eases to E-san victory

Khon Kaen, Thailand, July 2: Course specialist Udorn Duangdecha survived a mid-round stumble to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the Singha E-San Open on Saturday for his second win on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

The 40-year-old Thai fired a final round one-under-par 71 to triumph by four shots from countrymen Prom Meesawat, Chawalit Plaphol and Tanutchan Puaktes at Singha Park Golf Club.

It was Udorn’s second straight win at the lengthy 7,382-yard layout following his success at the King’s Cup on the Asian Tour last November.
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Udorn zeroes in on Singha E-San Open title

Khon Kaen, Thailand, July 1: Halfway leader Udorn Duangdecha overcame some early jitters and went on a birdie blitz on the back nine to maintain his stranglehold on the Singha E-San Open after the third round on Friday.

The 40-year-old Thai shot five birdies on the inward half for a 68 and an overall total of 17 under 199 in the third leg of the ASEAN PGA Tour at Singha Park Golf Club.

He holds a three-shot lead over Thai teenager Poosit Supupramai, who eagled the 18th for the second successive day, and countryman Tanutchan Puaktes. They both shot 67s.

Defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant and the in-form Chawalit Plaphol are seven strokes off the pace in joint fourth after also carding 67s and both conceded defeat to the rampant Udorn.

The 40-year-old Udorn had a nightmarish start with a bogey at the opening hole and was one over after 10 as the birdies dried up and the pack closed in.
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Chawalit on crest of a wave

Khon Kaen, Thailand, June 28: In-form Chawalit Plaphol, whose successes on the ASEAN PGA Tour last year helped him regain his form and confidence after a long period in the doldrums, will be the player to beat at this week’s Singha E-San Open.

The Thai, who possesses one of the sweetest swings in the Asian game, capped his resurgence with victory earlier this month in the Queen’s Cup on home soil.

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Praise for Players at Awards Night

The Mercedes-Benz Tour enjoyed a memorable conclusion to 2010 at the Gala Dinner Awards Night after the final day’s play at the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia.

Thailand’s Atthaphon Prathummanee triumphed in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia and there were many more winners that night at the Gala Dinner – which was held in the impressive Mercedes-Benz showroom in downtown Jakarta.

Earlier in the day Filipino Juvic Pagunsan secured the Mercedes-Benz Order of Merit title. He ended joint fifth to finish with earnings of US$25,405 for the year, ahead of second place Nicholas Fung from Malaysia.

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Tour set for exciting crescendo

Jakarta, October 12: The Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia will be the focus of attention this year on the Mercedes-Benz Tour as for the first time it has been positioned as the prestigious season-ending Tour Championship.

The tournament will be played at Emeralda Golf and Country Club, just outside Jakarta, from October 27 to 30 and boast prize money of US$80,000.

Only the top-60 players from Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit after the penultimate event on Tour are eligible to play in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia – an event that acts as a reward to those players who have performed with distinction during the year.

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