Sentosa, Singapore, June 22: The Asian Tour celebrated another new rising star when Rattanon Wannasrichan claimed a home victory at the Thailand Open on Sunday. It was his maiden victory which made him only the fourth Thai to win his home championship. Here are five things which we learned from the Thai Country Club last week.
1Rattanon Wannasrichan, 21, is the fourth and youngest Thai winner to claim the Thailand Open title in history. Since the tournament’s inauguration in 1965, Suthep Meesawat won the title at the age of 43 in 1991 and Boonchu Ruangkit won it in 1992 and 2004 when he was 36 and 48 respectively. Prayad Marksaeng claimed victory in 2013 when he was 47.
2The newest Asian Tour champion picked up golf at the age of nine, thanks to his father. He looks up to good friend Chinnarat Phadungsil, who is a three-time winner. Rattanon was inspired at how Chinnarat won his first Asian Tour title as an amateur back in 2005 at the age of 17.
3The baby-faced Rattanon is nicknamed ‘Fluke’ which means good luck. He is also known as ‘the little prince’ amongst the local media. He is a huge fan of One Piece – a popular Japanese manga series – and he can name all the characters in the manga!
4With the Thailand Open being the first event of the Panasonic Swing, Rattanon now leads the Panasonic Swing rankings with 1,800 points. He also earned a spot in the Panasonic Open Japan in 2018, which is the final event of the Panasonic Swing.
5They say that you should “Drive for Show and Putt for Dough.” That was exactly what Rattanon did when he put together an average 24.25 putts per round, which ranked him the best putter during the week.