Chilled-out Panuphol dreams of win #ThailandClassic

Fri 11 Mar 2016

Chilled-out Panuphol dreams of win #ThailandClassic

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Hua Hin, Thailand, March 11: Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat won a luxurious townhouse for a hole-in-one at the True Thailand Classic last year. This week, he’s hoping to win the tournament outright after charging into contention with a flying seven-under-par 65 in the second round on Friday.
The man nicknamed “Coconut” sank seven birdies at a sun-kissed Black Mountain Golf Club to end the day one shot behind co-leaders Scott Hend of Australia and Pelle Edberg of Sweden in the US$1.75 million tournament sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
The 23-year-old Panuphol is treating this week as a holiday, soaking in the sun and enjoying the beach at the coastal town of Hua Hin as he attempts to land a maiden Asian Tour title after being winless in 107 previous tournaments.
“The result was good, 65. I didn’t hit my tee shots or irons well but my short game was good. I struck it better yesterday but today, I took my chances and I’m pleased with it.
Not hitting it well but scoring well and getting the job done,” said Panuphol.
Last year, he won a townhouse worth 12 million baht after striking an ace on the par three 14th hole but top of his agenda this week is winning the top prize of US$291,660
“I birdied 14 again yesterday. It’s one of my favourite holes now. I love coming up here. Hua Hin is like my second home. I practice a lot here, I like the atmosphere and I like the golf course and people,” he said.
“To be honest, I never play well here and I never score well here. This week, I’m just taking a chill pill and giving it a go. The result has come up pretty good.”