Chiangmai, Thailand, August 8: Thai veteran Atthaphon Sriboonkaew shrugged off the lingering effects of being hit by a motorbike to take a share of the lead alongside countryman Thammanoon Sriroj at the Singha Chiangmai Open on Thursday.
Atthaphon, who will celebrate his 35th birthday on Tuesday, finished with four straight birdies in an inward nine of 29 for an opening seven-under-par 64 in the ASEAN PGA Tour event.
Thammanoon overcame an embarrassing shank off the tee which cost him his only bogey of the day at the third hole to join Atthaphon atop the leaderboard, a shot ahead of a group of five players including Prayad Marksaeng, bidding for his sixth title of the season on home soil. Schoolboy amateur Phachara Khongwatmai, who set a new world record by winning the Singha Hua Hin Open last month aged just 14 years, two months and 18 days, looked at ease as he compiled a three under 68 at the relatively short, par-71 Mae Jo Golf Club & Resort.
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.
Hua Hin, Thailand, July 21: Wonder kid Phachara Khongwatmai became the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament today when he triumphed in the US$65,000 Singha Hua Hin Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour.
The 14-year-old amateur from Thailand stunned a formidable field, which included most of his country’s top players, after marching to a four-stroke victory following a final round four-under-par 67.
Phachara, who led by two at the start of the day, finished with a four-round aggregate of 13 under par at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course – the country’s oldest course providing the back drop for its young winner. Read More →