|Date of Birth||1988-11-01|
Order of Merit
Asian Tour Victories
(3) 2005 Double A International Open, Thailand (as an amateur), 2006 Crowne Plaza Open, China, 2009 Queen's Cup, Thailand.
AMATEUR WINS: (6) 2005 World Junior Championship, San Diego, 2004 Putra Cup (team), Indonesia, 2004 Asia Pacific Junior Masters, Thailand, 2003 Sprint International Amateur Golf Championship, USA, 2002 Jack Newton Junior Golf Championship, Australia, 2001 Asia Pacific Junior Golf Championship, Malaysia.
Chinnarat holds the honour of being the youngest winner on the Asian Tour when he won the Double A International Open on home soil in 2005 at the age of 17 years and five days while still an amateur. Subsequently established himself as a leading young star with further victories in the 2006 Crowne Plaza Open in China via a play-off and the 2009 Queen’s Cup in Thailand. Finished second at the 2010 Yeangder Tournament Players’ Championship in Taipei and in 2012, he enjoyed three top-10s. In 2013 he shot a remarkable 11-under-par 61 in the opening round of the Avantha Masters in India before finishing tied 23rd. Chinnarat came from five shots back with a final round 67, which included three closing birdies, to force a play-off and later defeat India’s Shiv Kapur for his first win in 2005. He was the third amateur after Korea's Kim Dae-sub and New Zealand's Eddie Lee to win a title in Asia. The young prodigy turned professional immediately. In 2006, Chinnarat bagged his second Asian Tour title in China, needing another play-off to edge compatriot Prom Meesawat and Chinese Taipei's Lin Wen-tang. In a near repeat of his maiden win, he was two shots back with three holes remaining but birdied the 16th and 18th holes to draw level with the leaders. It was an emotional victory as his coach Bud Kareeput had died just months earlier. In 2007, he posted a tied seventh outing in the Maybank Malaysian Open and finished tied second in the Midea China Classic after losing to compatriot Thaworn Wiratchant in a play-off. In 2008, he posted four top-10s. Also earned his European Tour card for 2009 by finishing tied 12th at the qualifying school finals despite an opening 78. He enjoyed a strong amateur career, highlighted by his victory in the 2005 World Junior Championship in the United States.
He started playing golf when he was eight years old as his parents were avid golfers and wanted their children to pick up the sport. His father taught him the game before he developed into a top amateur, winning titles in Australia and the United States. Nicknamed "Neung" which means the number "One" in Thai due to his birthdate of November 1 (1.11) and he naturally dreams of becoming Asia's number one in the near future. Says practising regularly with top Thais including Thaworn Wiratchant, Boonchu Ruangkit, Prayad Marksaeng and Thammanoon Sriroj has helped him become a better player as he learns from each of their strong points.