Chanat leads the way at #ThaiGolfChamps

Thu 10 Dec 2015

Chanat leads the way at #ThaiGolfChamps

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Chonburi, Thailand December 10: Thailand’s Chanat Sakulpolphaisan used his winning experience on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) by carding an opening six-under-par 66 to take the early first round lead at the Thailand Golf Championship on Thursday.
PM-DayOne- 138 Chanat Sakulpolphaisan of Thailand
Compatriot Natipong Srithong also began his title charge promisingly with a 67 to trail Chanat by one while Japan’s Yusaku Miyazato ensured a strong Asia presence atop the leaderboard by returning with a 68 at the Amata Spring Country Club.
Chanat, who lifted his maiden ADT title in Malaysia last month, showed how valuable his winning experience was when he surged ahead of the pack with four birdies in his opening five holes.
He dropped a shot on 16 but came back strongly with three birdies in his closing four holes.
“Winning on the ADT last month has given me a huge confidence boost. It was also a platform for me to hone my skills and improve my mental game.
“I hit my driver really good and missed only one fairway and two greens. I putted well and also made a lot of birdies,” said Chanat.
Playing at the Thailand Golf Championship for the first time, Chanat earned his place through the qualifiers and is now determined to extend his fairy-tale run at the Thai showpiece.
“This is probably the biggest event that I’ve played in since turning professional last June. I secured a spot after winning in a play-off at the Qualifier on Monday.
“I was really excited to play in this tournament and very happy with my score today. Hopefully I can continue to do well tomorrow,” said the 25-year-old.
Natipong Srithong of Thailand Natipong Srithong of Thailand
Fresh off his maiden Asian Tour victory in the Philippines last month, Natipong had earlier led the first round proceedings by storming off the blocks quickly with two birdies in his front-nine 10.
The 19-year-old picked up further gains on holes one and two after turning in 34.
He dropped his only shot of the day on the par-four four but recovered immediately with further birdies on six and seven.
“I play well today. I tried to stick to my strategy out there. Winning in the Philippines has given me a lot of confidence in my game.
“There is no wind today and it is easy to control the ball but the rough is difficult. This is my third time playing this event and first time as a professional,” said Natipong.
Miyazato meanwhile adapted himself quickly to the tropical climate and made use of his knowledge of the course to good effect.
“From being in a cold place (Japan) to coming here, it's difficult to adjust physically, but I managed to loosen myself up fairly quickly and it worked out very well.
“I've played here a couple of times in the past so I know what I have to do. The tee shots are very important. The pin positions are tricky, and it's about whether you have the courage to be aggressive. I managed to do that and will continue playing how I did today for the rest of the week,” said the Japanese.
For more information on the Thailand Golf Championship, please contact:
Calvin Koh
Asian Tour
Email: calvin.koh@asiantour.com
Alex Jenkins
International Communications
Email: tgc2015media@gmail.com
Nachanyanut Inkaew (Bee)
Local Communications
T +66 91 803 7029
Email: nachanyanut@goodmediacreation.com
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About the Thailand Golf Championship
Organized by Gulf Sports Management and IMG, and sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the fifth edition of the Thailand Golf Championship will be staged at the award-winning Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi between 10-13 December. The Championship, the Asian Tour's season-ending event, has a total prize purse of US$1 million, and has been part of the Open Qualifying Series since 2014. The Thailand Golf Championship will be broadcast globally by Asian Tour Media and in Thailand by TrueVisions.
Former winners of the Championship are: Lee Westwood (2011), Charl Schwartzel (2012), Sergio Garcia (2013) and Lee Westwood (2014).
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