Natthaphat steals a march on professionals

Natthaphat steals a march on professionals

Phachara impresses at Thailand Open

Chachoengsao: Younger Thai novice Natthaphat Harnchokchaiskul stole the present by opening his marketing campaign with a strong seven-under-par 64 to seize a one-shot lead on the US$300,000 Thailand Open yesterday.

The 19-year-old Natthaphat, one of many 10 amateurs within the subject this week, acquired a late entry into the occasion on Sunday evening however discovered himself on the high of the leaderboard after firing eight birdies towards a bogey on the par-71 Thai Nation Membership.

Ranging from the primary, Natthaphat reeled in 4 straight pars earlier than nailing seven birdies on his subsequent 11 holes. He stumbled with a bogey on 16 however bounced again swiftly with one other birdie on 17 earlier than closing with a par to take the lead for the primary time in an expert event.

“I performed higher than I anticipated,” stated Natthaphat, who’s collaborating in his first Asian Tour occasion this week.

“I assumed it could be nice if I can shoot under-par at this time. I actually did not count on myself to play so properly.”

“I hit my method photographs very properly at this time and my placing was good too. My driver wasn’t too dangerous as properly. I managed to hit a number of fairways,” added Natthaphat.

Phachara Khongwatmai impressed in his first try at tackling the course as he returned with a bogey-free spherical highlighted by six birdies to take second place at his nationwide Open, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Thailand Golf Affiliation.

“I assumed the situations had been fairly troublesome on the market. The wind was fairly sturdy and the course modified typically, however I had a straightforward recreation at this time as a result of I hit my driver properly,” stated Phachara, who’s chasing a breakthrough win on the Asian Tour this week.

“That is my first time enjoying right here on the Thai Nation Membership so to shoot a 65, I am actually blissful,” he added.

Asian Tour Qualifying College graduate Aadil Bedi of India additionally saved the blemishes off his card to card a commendable 66 in his debut look on the Thailand Open. The 18-year-old shares third place with Thaya Limpipolpaibul of Thailand and Lee Soo-Min of South Korea.

Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat and American John Catlin, who maintain a mixed complete of eight Asian Tour titles, had been amongst these bunched in sixth place following matching rounds of 67s within the full-field occasion.

Defending champion Panuphol Pittayarat had a spherical to neglect after registering a 74 to sit down in tied-110th place within the occasion, which returned to the Thai Nation Membership for its third straight version on the Asian Tour this week.

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