"Panuphol, Chinnarat enjoy memorable day"

Sat 14 Dec 2013

"Panuphol, Chinnarat enjoy memorable day"

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Chonburi, Thailand, December 14: Panuphol Pittayarat fought to a five-under-par 67 in the third round of the Thailand Golf Championship to emerge as the top Thai on Saturday.
The 20-year-old, one of the many Thai youngsters making a name for themselves on the Asian Tour, traded six birdies against a lone bogey as he ended the day at Amata Spring Country Club in tied sixth place on 10-under-par 206, eight shots behind runaway leader Sergio Garcia of Spain.
Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand
Countryman Chinnarat Phadungsil had a day to remember with his first ever tournament hole- in-one on the par three fifth hole en route to a 65 which shot him up to equal ninth place on 207 in the US$1 million Asian Tour tournament.
“It was another great day,” said Panuphol, who is nicknamed “Coconut” by his family. “I had a great day yesterday as well, just the last final hole (where he dropped double bogey). I'm happy.”
The portly Panuphol stayed out of trouble and did not miss a single fairway at Amata Spring to set up his birdie chances. “I’m pretty confident with my tee shots this week. It's just a matter of time you have some good putts and overall this week, I have had more good putts than bad putts,” said Panuphol, who is currently ranked 44th on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit
Chinnarat produced the second hole-in-one at the Thailand Golf Championship as he made a big leap up the leaderboard. The 25-year-old Chinnarat holed his five iron on the par three 195-yard fifth hole. Without a top-10 all season, he wielded a hot putter and took only 25 putts to move into tied ninth place alongside American star Rickie Fowler.
“I hit a lot of fairways.  I got a birdie on two and it came very fast after that. On number three, I holed a putt like from 20 feet for birdie, and on four, I made birdie from 20 feet,” said Chinnarat, who is the youngest player to win on the Asian Tour back in 2005.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
“I hit it real good, everything was all straight and on five, I hit a very, very straight five iron at the pin and it pitched and rolled into the hole. It’s my first hole in one during a tournament.”
Chinnarat’s only blemish came on 18 when he tried to attack the pin but pulled his approach shot into the hazard. He managed to get it up and down for bogey. “I tried to attack the pin. But the pin is very tough, it's on the back left and I tried to play it right but the ball started at pin and the wind pushed it left into the water,” said Chinnarat.
Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot a 71 to slip down to equal 11th place alongside Arnond Vongvanij, who settled for a 69. They are 10 shots back of Garcia.
“I did not hit the ball today. The front nine, I was struggling, didn't roll the ball well and struggling with the irons,” lamented Kiradech. “I was struggling with my swing.”
About the Thailand Golf Championship
The primary organizers of the event are Gulf Sports Management, the Asian Tour and IMG. They have been well supported by both government and private organizations such as Siam Commercial Bank, Gulf JP, Toyota, Tourism Authority of Thailand, PTT Public Company Ltd, PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited, Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Thaioil, IRPC, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Omega, Nooter / Eriksen, Samithivej Hospital, Starwood, CNN, SuperSports, Heineken, Ricoh, Graham Beck Wines, EST Cola, Panasonic, Srixon, Central Pattana, Bangkok Post and Amata Spring Country Club.
Thailand Golf Championship tickets are available at Thaiticketmajor at Baht 300 each for Round 1 and 2 (December 12 and 13). The price for Round 3 (December 14) is Baht 400, and for the final day on December 15 the price is Baht 500. A 4-day package ticket is only Baht 800. Children below the age of 16 and senior citizens 60-years-old and over can enjoy Thailand Golf Championship for free. Special offers for SCB Credit Card, PTT Blue Card, SPG Member Card and Samitivej Patient and Staff Card holders are available till December 11, 2013. Please call 02-262-3456 or visit www.thaiticketmajor.com for details.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf