Top players out in force for Negeri Sembilan Masters

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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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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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Teenager Phachara upstages the stars

Hua Hin, Thailand, July 20: Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai, just 14 years old, sensationally took the third round lead in the Singha Hua Hin Open today.

The amateur revelation fired an even-par 71 at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course to lead the ASEAN PGA Tour event on nine under par.

He has a two shot lead over his compatriot Sutijet Kooratanapisan, who also carded a 71.

A stroke further back are two of Thailand’s leading golfers Namchok Tantipokhakul, who shot a 70, and Prom Meesawat, the Hua Hin native in with a 73.
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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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Knock Out win for Namchok in Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos: Explosive young Thai player Namchok Tantipokhakul completed an impressive wire-to-wire victory in the Luang Prabang Laos Open today.

The 25-year-old held off his more senior compatriot Udorn Duangdecha and Ratchapol Juntavara to win by four shots at Luang Prabang Golf Club.

Namchok closed with a two-under-par 70, Udorn carded a 73, while Ratchapol returned 69.

The US$100,000 tournament is the third leg of the 2013 ASEAN PGA Tour.

Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin, winner of last week’s Singha Pattaya Open, finished in fourth place five shots off the lead following a 68.
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Namchok sets pace in Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos, April 26: Namchok Tantipokhakul from Thailand remained rock steady at the top of the leader board after the third round of the US$100,000 Luang Prabang Laos Open today.

The 25-year-old star in the making fired a two-under-par 70 to keep the lead for the third straight day in the third event of the season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

In hot pursuit and one shot behind is his more experienced countryman Udorn Duangdecha, who shot the same score.

Five shots behind Namchok in a tie for third are Thailand’s Ratchapol Juntavara, in with 70, and Wisut Artjanawat 72.
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