Back 9 with Panuphol Pittayarat

Fri 10 May 2013

Back 9 with Panuphol Pittayarat

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May 10: In this latest instalment of our Back 9 series, Thailand’s rising star Panuphol Pittayarat, shares with us his love for the game of golf and how his father stood by him since the very beginning of his professional career.
1)        What is the one tournament that you want to win on the Asian Tour and around the world?
I would like to win the Omega European Masters which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. If I ever had the opportunity, I would like to win one of the Majors as well.
2)        If there was one rule of golf which you can change, what would it be?
I hope to be able to fix the spike marks on the greens. I would like to change that particular rule if I can.
3)        How do you describe yourself as a golfer?
I would say I am a hardworking golfer. I am quite consistent in my game.
4)        Which golf course do you really want to play on?
I would love to play at the old course at St. Andrews.
5)        What would you do if there’s no internet or television in your hotel room during the tournament week?
I would probably be working out in the gym.
6)        What is your best advice received as a professional golfer?
I guess it would be one of the advices that I received from my mentors. Stay calm and keep to your routines.
7)        When you win a golf tournament, who do you want to see when you sink that winning putt?
I hope to see my dad when I sink that winning putt. He has played an important role in my game and he has always been by my side since the beginning.
8)        What is the oldest club in your golf bag?
It’s probably my 60 wedge which is about three years old.
9)        If you are not a professional golfer, what would you be?
Well, I haven’t thought about this before. I think I will be a golfer no matter what! I really don’t want to be doing something else apart from golf.
About Panuphol Pittayarat
Country:                Thailand
Date Of Birth:       February 4, 1993
Residence:            Bangkok
Family:                   Single
Turned Pro:          2007
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: After earning his Asian Tour card through Qualifying School in January 2011, Panuphol showed his promise by finishing second in the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters. He led into the final round but was beaten by an inspired Joonas Granberg of Finland. He also charged into contention at the halfway stage of the UBS Hong Kong Open but had to settle for a tied-29th finish after a closing 72. In 2012, Panuphol challenged for his first Asian Tour title at the Hero Indian Open but bogeyed the last hole to miss out on a play-off berth with Richie Ramsay and Thaworn Wiratchant, who eventually won the tournament. His third place finish in India was his result of the season which was marred by a back injury at the start of the year. The Thai turned professional at a young age of 14 and is highly regarded as the next rising star to emerge from Thailand.
PERSONAL: He is nicknamed “Coconut” by his parents and his father caddies regularly for him on Tour.