5 things we learned #SingOpen

Mon 23 Jan 2017

5 things we learned #SingOpen

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Sentosa, Singapore, January 23: The season-opening SMBC Singapore Open was a cracker indeed at the Sentosa Golf Club, delivering some wonderful storylines that captivated fans and television viewers from all around the world. Here are the five things that we learned from last week.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]1[/dropcap]Old is gold indeed as Thai veteran star Prayad Marksaeng claimed the title by one shot at the age of 50 years and 357 days. He became the second oldest winner on the Asian Tour behind Mukesh Kumar of India, who triumphed in the Panasonic Open India last November at the age of 51 years and 126 days. The old boys certainly have a few tricks left in their sleeves for sure.
Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]2[/dropcap]Thai golfers continue to dominate the list of most victories on the Asian Tour. Top of the pile is Thaworn Wiratchant with 18 titles under his belt followed by Thongchai Jaidee with 13 victories. Prayad’s latest win in Singapore was his 10th of his career and pushed him to lone third place for most wins on Tour. Fourth is Scott Hend of Australia with nine titles.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]3[/dropcap]Filipino swinger Juvic Pagunsan finished tied second at the SMBC Singapore Open, six years after he lost to Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in a thrilling play-off at Sentosa. Pagunsan won the Asian Tour Order of Merit title later that season.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]4[/dropcap]Still 17, Phachara Khongwatmai continues to show his growing prowess. A tied second finish not only matched his best finish on the Asian Tour but also earned him a second successive appearance at The Open at Royal Birkdale in July. Commentators are now saying that it’s only a matter of time before the teenager lifts a first Asian Tour title. Interestingly when Prayad won his first Asian Tour title back in 1996, Phachara wasn’t even born yet!
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]5[/dropcap]Halfway leader Seungsu Han of the United States would be a good person to back you up should you run into trouble as he holds a black belt in taekwondo! Han showed that he is pretty adept in golf too by finishing tied 18th at Sentosa.