#MondayRewind: 5 things we learnt in Samui

Mon 20 Jun 2016

#MondayRewind: 5 things we learnt in Samui

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June 20: It was a fantastic week at the Queen’s Cup with Scott Hend claiming the prestigious trophy. We took time away from the beautiful beach in Koh Samui to scribble five interesting facts from the tournament.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]1[/dropcap]Scott Hend arrived for the Queen’s Cup with several mini goals in mind, plus he needed to prove a point after missing out on several wins in recent weeks with the most notable being the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth where he led into the final round. The big-hitting Hend has the Olympic Games in his mind, and the win in Samui saw him overtake Marcus Fraser in the world rankings and into the current top-two spots allocated to Australia for Rio. Another mini goal is the coming week where he hopes to qualify for the British Open with a strong finish at the BMW International in Munich via the European Tour Race to Dubai. Judging by his form, Hend could tick off another of his mini goals this weekend.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]2[/dropcap]It is interesting to note that Scott Hend has now won nine Asian Tour titles, eight of which came since 2012, making him the most successful golfer on the region’s premier Tour in the last five years. Thaworn Wiratchant and Anirban Lahiri have both won six titles each during the same duration of time.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]3[/dropcap]Gunn Charoenkul has been struggling with form, injuries and confidence since earning his full Asian Tour card in 2012 through seven starts. But starting this season, he decided to stop putting high expectations on himself to perform. The result was his career best finish on the Asian Tour where he finished in second place at the Queen’s Cup. “I have to start enjoying the game if I want to make golf my career,” the 24-year-old said during the week.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]4[/dropcap]A superb nine-under-par 62 in the third round was Korea’s Jeunghun Wang’s career low score. It matched the Santiburi Samui Country Club course record held by countryman Lee Sung who shot the mark nearly 10 years ago. However, Wang’s effort did not count as an official record as the preferred lie ruling was in effect due to thunderstorms that hit the tournament in the first and second days.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]5[/dropcap]Santiburi Samui is known as the Beast of Samui, due to its narrow fairways especially on the front nine, undulating fairways, small greens and drop offs which penalizes errant drives. But last week, the Beast did not quite bare its fangs with softer course conditions caused by the rain and a surprising lack of wind which has been a trademark of the venue. Hend’s winning score of 15-under-par 269 was the second lowest ever in the tournament, one shot higher than the tournament record held by Chinnarat Phadungsil when the Thai won the event in 2009.
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