Panuphol seems to be for repeat success

Panuphol seems to be for repeat success

Rookie Kosuke set for Thailand Open debut

Chachoengsao: The Thailand Open is primed for a compelling week of top-notch golf motion on the Thai Nation Membership.

The US$300,000 occasion, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Thailand Golf Affiliation, which begins on Thursday options 144 gamers from 20 international locations.

Defending champion Panuphol Pittayarat and rookie Kosuke Hamamoto will lead the native problem.

Panuphol gained by one shot for his second Asian Tour title final yr and have become the fifth Thai participant after Suthep Meesawat (1991), Boonchu Ruangkit (1992 and 2004), Prayad Marksaeng (2013) and Rattanon Wannasrichan (2017) to win the celebrated match.

Panuphol will attempt to turn into the primary participant to efficiently defend the title on the Thailand Open.

The 26-year-old stated it was an honour to win his nation’s nationwide Open.

“I really feel actually excited. I’m trying ahead to defending my title this week,” he stated.

Panuphol turned skilled in 2007 when he was simply 14 years previous and has by no means completed outdoors the highest 60 on the Asian Tour Order of Benefit since coming by way of the qualifying college in 2011.

Qualifying college graduate Kosuke can be making his debut within the Thailand Open.

“It is my first time taking part in the Thailand Open. I’m very excited as a result of it is my nationwide Open,” stated the 20-year-old Japanese-Thai star.

He stated he was assured he would get a very good consequence.

“The sport’s been good. I do know I simply have to maintain giving myself possibilities and keep affected person,” he stated.

American John Catlin, who claimed three victories in 2018, will intention for extra glory in his first Asian Tour occasion since Might.

The 28-year-old stated: “I’m excited to get again to the Asian Tour. Thailand has been my house for 3 years now so to be again for the nationwide Open feels superior.”

Different notable gamers on this week’s subject embrace India’s SSP Chawrasia and Shiv Kapur, who claimed his first Asian Tour victory on the Thai Nation Membership in 2005, Indonesia’s Rory Hie and Miguel Carballo of Argentina, who’ve each secured their maiden wins on the Asian Tour this season.

In the meantime, Bangkok-based Kim Joo-Hyung of South Korea could have some extent to show when he makes his second straight look on the Thailand Open.

Kim, the youngest participant within the subject at 17 years previous, gained his third Asian Improvement Tour (ADT) title this season on the Pakistan Open two weeks in the past to earn taking part in rights for the rest of the 2019 Asian Tour season.

“I moved to Bangkok final yr with my household, for golf causes actually. There are lots of good Thai gamers right here and I feel it is a good base in Asia to journey round and work on my sport. The apply services listed below are good too,” he stated.

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