Malaysia’s Iylia jumps into Melaka lead

Melaka, May 29: Unheralded Iylia Jamil of Malaysia shot an accomplished three-under-par 69 to grab the halfway lead at the PGM-ASEAN PGA Melaka Championship on Thursday.

He has a two round total of five-under 139 and a one-shot advantage over countrymen Lam Yu Shuen (69) and Airil Rizman (70) at Ayer Keroh Country Club.

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Top players out in force for Negeri Sembilan Masters


BSO_PL_Kwanchai_Tannin_081112_001-320October 22, Seremban, Malaysia: Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin, ranked first on the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit, heads a stellar field at this week’s PGM-ASEAN PGA Negeri Sembilan Masters.

His countryman Namchok Tantipokhakul, second on the Merit list, and Singaporean Mardan Mamat, a winner already this year in Malaysia, are also competing in the US$60,000 tournament which tees-off tomorrow at Seremban International Golf Club.

The event is the eighth leg on the 2013 ASEAN PGA Tour and the third to be jointly sanctioned with the PGM Tour.

Kwanchai is looking for his second win of the season having claimed the Singha Pattaya Open in April.
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Tannin leads Order of Merit

August 13: Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin has overtaken countryman Namchok Tantipokhakul at the top of the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit.

Kwanchai, the nephew of Thai star Prayad Marksaeng, finished in third place at the weekend in the Singha Chiangmai Open helping to cement a fine season so far.

The 27-year-old won the Singha Pattaya Open in April, and the following week finished fourth in Laos.

He has accumulated US$27,748 this year from five events.

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Sriroj Returns as the Singha King

Chiangmai, Thailand, August 11: An ecstatic Thammanoon Sriroj broke a long win drought with a thrilling comeback victory in the Singha Chiangmai Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour on Sunday.

An eagle and two birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine spurred Thammanoon to a closing 66 for a four-round total of 20 under 264 and a two-shot victory over fellow Thai Prayad Marksaeng, who faltered down the stretch.

Prayad, a multiple winner on home soil this season, cruised to a three shot lead as early as the fourth hole but several uncharacteristic mistakes cost him dear in the closing stages as he slipped to a 68 at Mae Jo Golf Club & Resort. Kwanchai Tannin, winner of the Singha Pattaya Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour in April, finished in third place – five behind Thammanoon – after a brilliant seven under 64. Overnight leader Atthaphon Sriboonkaew, who is still suffering from severe bruising after being hit by a motorbike in Bangkok last month, struggled to a 73 and ended fourth.

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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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Namchok number one on Tour

July 24: Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul moved to the top of the ASEAN PGA Tour Order of Merit after a strong finish at the weekend.

Namchok, winner of the Merit list title in 2009, tied for fourth in the Singha Hua Hin Open to earn a cheque for US$3,256.

Amateur sensation Phachara Khongwatmai, aged 14, triumphed in Hua Hin to become the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament.

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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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Prayad returns to his roots

Hua Hin, Thailand, July 17: Golden oldie Prayad Marksaeng – a role model for aspiring Asian players – will chase his sixth title of the season at this week’s inaugural Singha Hua Hin Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

The remarkable career of the 47-year-old Thai will come full circle tomorrow when he tees up at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, the track where he hit his first golf ball with a rudimentary club on his way to primary school.

Prayad developed into one of the best players in Asia and age has not slowed his success rate with five victories on home soil this season, including the prestigious Thailand Open on OneAsia and the Singha Esan Open, the opening event of the ASEAN PGA Tour’s 2013 schedule.
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