ADT regular Sattaya shines in Selangor

Thu 18 Sep 2014

ADT regular Sattaya shines in Selangor

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Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, September 18: Asian Development Tour (ADT) prospect Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand opened with a solid three-under-par 68 to stay three shots back from the early leaders on Thursday.
The Thai relied on the experience of playing on the ADT, which is the gateway to the Asian Tour, for his strong start which included one eagle and three birdies against two bogeys at the Seri Selangor Golf Club.
He trails clubhouse leaders S.S.P. Chowrasia of India and Chan Yih-shin of Chinese Taipei, who both returned on matching 66s in the RM1.3 million (approximately US$410,000) Asian Tour event.
“A lot of my confidence comes because of the Asian Development Tour (ADT). I’ve learnt how to handle the pressure by playing on the ADT and now I’m a much better player as you can see from my result today,” said Sattaya, a two-time ADT winner.
His exploits on the ADT has provided the 30-year-old Sattaya with a platform to sharpen his game and keep his cool under pressure.
“I’m very happy with my round. It was quite windy in the morning but I still played my round shot-by-shot. I played with Lin Wen-hong and Nicholas Pua of Malaysia, who can speak Thai, so I felt at home!
“You need a lot of patience and concentrate on every shot on this golf course. It can frustrate you but I kept myself calm by looking at the birds and trees,” he explained.
Sattaya is taking advantage of a new driver which has given him extra distance off the tees. His eagle on the par-five fifth hole came as a result of a huge 360-yard drive. He then hit his eight iron to three feet which he converted for eagle.
“I just changed my driver and I’m hitting it longer. I can’t tell if it is my longest drive in my career because there are times when I hit the cart paths and it bounces even further!” he joked. “But this new technology in my driver has really helped my game.”
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