Kiradech and Prayad breakthrough

Big-hitting Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who made his professional debut on the ASEAN PGA Tour in 2007 and holds the record as the youngest winner, took another step towards fulfilling his enormous potential with victory in the European Tour sanctioned Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday.

Just a week after Prayad Marksaeng won the Thailand Open on OneAsia, following on from his Singha Esan Open victory on the ASEAN PGA Tour in February, Kiradech completed a wire-to-wire triumph over 54 holes at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Kiradech first marked himself down as one to watch when he signed off with a sizzling 10-under-par 61 at the Singha Esan Open in 2007 – his first event as a professional.
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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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Hie set for Singha season opener

Pattaya, May 4: In-form Rory Hie of Indonesia and last year’s runner-up, Filipino Jay Bayron, will spearhead the overseas challenge in this week’s Singha Pattaya Open, the first event of the 2011 ASEAN PGA Tour.

Hie, a former winner on the ASEAN PGA Tour, and Bayron face a strong field of Thai players, including defending champion Udorn Duangdecha, at Burapha Golf Club from May 5-8. The event is joint-sanctioned by the All Thailand Golf Tour.

The 22-year-old Hie underlined his huge potential with a runner-up finish behind Australian Andre Stolz in last month’s Indonesia PGA Championship on OneAsia.

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Evergreen Boonchu looks to inspire youngsters

Pattaya, April 28: Some of Asia’s brightest prospects will be hoping to learn a trick or two from the iconic Boonchu Ruangkit this week at the Singha Pattaya Open, the second stop on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz Tour.

Boonchu created a slice of history by winning three successive European Senior Tour events earlier this year – a feat that cemented his standing among the sport’s young guns.

The 53-year-old Thai regularly coaches, cajoles and counsels golf’s next generation and has had a huge impact on the careers of many Asian players

The US$50,000 Singha Pattaya Open tees off tomorrow at Burapha Golf Club.
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Tour Breeds Winners

Marvin Dumandan

Since its inception in 2007, the Mercedes-Benz Tour has established itself as a launch pad for the regions’ up and coming golfers.

There have been many great examples and many more in the seasons to come.

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Thaworn Targets B-ing Championship

Pattaya, September 15 – Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant, fresh from a victory at the weekend, will be the player to beat at the Mercedes-Benz Tour’s B-ing Championship on home soil later this week.

The red-hot Thaworn will be bidding for his second title of the season on the Mercedes-Benz Tour following his victory in the Heritage Melaka Classic.

Among his challengers at Bangpra Golf Club near Pattaya from September 16-19 will be countryman Prayad Marksaeng, who competed in the Mercedes-Benz Championship on the European Tour last week.
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Heritage Melaka Classic Launched on Tour

Melaka, June 3: The Mercedes-Benz Tour will welcome a new tournament onboard next week when it hosts the Heritage Melaka Classic at Tiara Melaka Country Club in Malaysia.

The US$50,000 tournament, which is being sponsored by the state government as part of efforts to boost golf tourism in the historic state of Melaka, will be played from June 9 to 12.

Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, the current leader of the Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit, along with Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant plus top Malaysians Danny Chia, Ben Leong and Airil Rizman headline a quality field for what will be the fourth stop on this year’s eight-leg Tour.
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Record-breaker Kiradech Triumphs

Pattaya, April 5 – Thai teen titan Kiradech Aphibarnrat showed he is a star of the future with a runaway 11-stroke victory in the US$50,000 Singha Pattaya Open on Sunday.

The hugely talented 19 year old became the youngest winner on the Mercedes-Benz Tour with a final round 67 for a 23-under-par total of 261 at Burapha Golf Club. His total was the lowest winning score in the short history of the circuit.

Kiradech, a former world junior champion, left a strong field in his wake with an assured display that belied his years.

Veteran Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines finished runner up after a closing 69 while Thailand-based Pakistani Nadeem Inayat, the halfway leader, shot a 71 for third place a further shot behind.
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