|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 stamped his mark as one of Asia’s rising stars when he claimed his third Asian Tour title at the 2009 Queen’s Cup in Thailand where he emerged victorious with a commanding three-stroke win. He came close to winning his fourth Asian Tour title in 2010. He was in second place one stroke off the lead going into the final round of the Yeangder Tournament Players’ Championship but his title quest was derailed when the tournament was reduced to 54 holes due to a typhoon which hit Taipei on the final day. In 2012, the Thai enjoyed three top-10s with a tied-fourth finish at the HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic as his best result. It was a mixed year for Chinnarat in 2013 who shot a remarkable 11-under-par 61 in the opening round of the Avantha Masters in India before finishing tied 23rd. His best result of the season was tied 13th at the Thailand Golf Championship. He enjoyed a solid year in 2011, missing only four cuts and registering two top-10s and five top-20s. Chinnarat burst onto the Asian Tour in style by emerging as the youngest ever champion after winning the 2005 Double A International Open in Bangkok at the age of 17 years and five days. He 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. He was also only 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 but needed time to find his feet in the professional ranks as he missed several early cuts before finally coming through with a tied sixth finish in the Maybank Malaysian Open in early 2006. Chinnarat bagged his second Asian Tour title at the Crowne Plaza Open, 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. He also finished top-10 at the SK Telecom Open in Korea, Macau Open and Volkswagen Masters-China. In 2007, Chinnarat’s form was hit and miss. He posted a tied seventh outing in the Maybank Malaysian Open. He bounced back in the second half of the season 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 at the Pine Valley Beijing Open, Bangkok Airways Open, Brunei Open and Midea China Classic. 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.