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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Thammanoon on top

Chiangmai, Thailand, August 9: Thailand’s Thammanoon Sriroj took a step closer to breaking a long win drought by taking the halfway lead at the Singha Chiangmai Open on Friday after shooting a six-under-par 65.

The joint overnight leader posted a two round total of 13-under 129 and lies a shot ahead of countrymen Prayad Marksaeng, a multiple winner on home soil this season, and Atthaphon Sriboonkaew, who topped the leaderboard with Thammanoon after the first round of the ASEAN PGA Tour event.

In-form American Berry Henson shot his second successive bogey-free 66 for joint fourth place with Ratchapol Juntavara (67), three shots adrift. The 34-year-old

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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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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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Taiki takes control in Hua Hin

Hua Hin, Thailand, July 19: Taiki Hara stormed into the lead at the Singha Hua Hin Open today with a second round seven-under-par 64.

The 23-year-old, whose father is Japanese and mother from Thailand, moved to 10 under for the US$65,000 tournament for a one stroke lead over Thai amateur Phachara Khongwatmai.

Phachara returned a 67 at Royal Hua Hin Golf Course.

Prom Meesawat, one of The Kingdom’s premier players who hails from Hua Hin, came in with a 69 to lie two off the lead.
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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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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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