Here comes the Poom!

Mon 09 Jun 2014

Here comes the Poom!

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Kuala Lumpur, June 9: The baby-faced Poom Saksansin is a rookie in the play-for-pay ranks but he has the game and heart that can lead him to success on the Asian Tour.
The young Thai held the lead at the Queen’s Cup for three days before losing to his decorated countryman Thaworn Wiratchant, who lifted an unprecedented 17th Asian Tour title on Sunday.
While many struggled to overcome the demanding playing conditions at the Santiburi Samui Country Club, Poom negotiated his way around the golf course like a veteran and a man on a mission.
He admitted the pressure had pile up during the final round but the soft-spoken Poom can still hold his head high after displaying the determination and maturity beyond his age of 21.
“Although I didn’t win, I am still happy. There was pressure and I couldn’t control my ball flight. It was like a bird, it was going everywhere. Thaworn told me to try to calm down. He was trying to help me. On the fifth hole, he came over to me but I still couldn’t hit and putt,” Poom lamented.
“On 16 and 17, I managed to get some birdies back (to draw level). But on 18, I got pressured again. It was not easy. I tried to hit a hook shot into the green but hit a duck hook into a bad spot. It was so bad. But I nearly chipped it in, just a bit short at the end,” he said.
After helping Thailand claim the team gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games last year, Poom joined the professional ranks and underlined his growing potential with a domestic victory in February against some of the country’s top stars.
He then burst onto the Asian Tour by earning a Tour card after finishing tied 18th at the Qualifying School on home soil.
Poom is slowly getting accustomed to life on the Asian Tour and his immediate goal is to sharpen his driving. The experience at the Queen’s Cup bodes well for Poom, who will head to the PGM Vascory Templer Park Championship in Malaysia on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) this week.
“I think I can maybe do it, and win on the Asian Tour. My heart needs to be stronger. Maybe I need more experience. My driver is still a little short, I carry about 250 yards. If I can carry 260 or 270, it will be very good.
“I’m going to play on the Asian Development Tour in Malaysia next week and another tournament the week after. I’ll try to go to Malaysia to win as my game is good now,” said Poom.
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