Tianjin, China, August 22: Thammanoon Srirot completed his start-to-finish victory in the US$200,000 Tianjin TEDA Open Presented by Rolls-Royce today after shooting a sparkling six-under-par 65 in the final round.
The 22-year-old rookie, gold medallist in the 2002 Asian Games, shot a final round one-under-par 70 to finish the tournament on two-under-par 272. After turning in three over, he romped home in 32, which brought about a big smile to his face.
“I’m happy. I got off to a rough start earlier this week but to shoot under par everyday after that is pleasing,” said Kapur, who carded earlier rounds of 73, 69 and 70.
The Thai, who has led since the opening round, retained his overnight one-shot advantage in the US$200,000 Asian Tour event after recovering from a mid-round slump at Tianjin Warner International Golf Club.
August 21: Korea’s Hur Suk-ho maintained his charge in the WGC-NEC Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio with a second round three-under-par 67 on Friday.
The Asian Tour member was in tied seventh place in the US$7 million event which was not completed again due to inclement weather. Stewart Cink is setting the pace and he is eight under par for the event through 10 holes of his second round.
The current Asian Tour number one, who has a two-over-par total, is currently ahead of world number two Vijay Singh who is on five-over par through 15 holes of his second round and Ernie Els, the third ranked player in the world, who is eight over also through 15 holes.
Thammanoon, who won this event when it was last staged in 1999, carded a second round four-under-par 67 at Tianjin Warner International Golf Club to lead by one stroke from
The 35-year-old Thammanoon laughed off his blunder at his seventh hole of the day on the 16th. After nailing a birdie at the previous hole, he dashed off to answer nature’s call and then rushed to the next tee box, only to muff his tee shot with a three wood that advanced only 30 yards.
The young Indian, gold medallist in the 2002 Asian Games, ensured his weekend survival by shooting a two-under-par 69 at Tianjin Warner International Golf Club. He had to endure some tense moments as he was right on the cut mark with two holes to play but safely birdied his 17th hole.
“I feel about 20 pounds lighter after yesterday’s 73. You don’t want to start your pro career by missing a cut and I wanted to start on a positive note. I came here not thinking of just making the cut but I want to compete to win. But after yesterday, my priority was to first make the cut.
August 20: Play was suspended at the WGC-NEC Invitational on Thursday due to darkness with Asian Tour member Hur Suk-ho on level par through 13 holes of the first round at Firestone Country Club in
Thammanoon shot matching 32s which included nine birdies at Tianjin Warner International Golf Club to finish the day atop the leaderboard with
A shot back of the leading trio are Gerald Rosales of the
The talented Kang has won across the region but never in mainland
Kang, Asian number one in 1996 and 1998, came close in his last visit to
The 22-year-old Indian enjoyed a stellar amateur career which was highlighted by his gold medal winning feat in the Asian Games in 2002. After graduating from
“I’m feeling very excited. I reckon I will be nervous when I tee up on Thursday as I’ve been waiting for a long time to turn pro,” said Kapur ahead of the US$200,000 Asian Tour event.