Panuphol takes the top spot in the 2018/19 Panasonic Swing rankings

Tue 12 Jun 2018

Panuphol takes the top spot in the 2018/19 Panasonic Swing rankings

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Chachoengsao, Bangkok, June 11: Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat enjoyed an encouraging head start in Panasonic Swing race after his latest win at the Thailand Open took him to the top of the rankings.

The victory on home soil earned Panuphol 1,800 points and placed him in the top spot of the 2018/19 Panasonic Swing rankings. Compatriot Poom Saksansin, who finished second on Sunday, is in second place with 1,100 points while another Thai, Sarit Suwannarut is in third on 630 points.

The 25-year-old Panuphol had to endure a nervy end at the Thai Country Club as he dropped two shots in the final six holes of the tournament.

However, he held on valiantly for his second victory on the Asian Tour by closing with a winning total of 13-under-par 267 to capture his National Open by one shot.

The Panasonic Swing ranking is based on an aggregate point ranking earned by players at selected tournaments in Asia. The top-three finishers in the Panasonic Swing final ranking will earn US$70,000, US$50,000 and US$30,000 respectively via a bonus pool reward scheme.

The inaugural Panasonic Swing saw India’s Shiv Kapur winning the series with total points of 2922.90. His compatriot Rahil Gangjee came in second with 2805.00 while Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand finished third on 2380.50.

Following the series-opening Thailand Open, the next leg of the 2018/19 Panasonic Swing will take place at the Panasonic Open India in October. The Panasonic Swing will then head to Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand before concluding at the Panasonic Open Japan in 2019.

Leading players on the 2018/19 Panasonic Swing rankings

1            Panuphol PITTAYARAT   (THA)                 1800.00

2            Poom SAKSANSIN   (THA)                         1100.00

3            Sarit SUWANNARUT   (THA)                     630.00

4            Natipong SRITHONG   (THA)                     500.00

5            Chapchai NIRAT   (THA)                             410.00

6            Jazz JANEWATTANANOND   (THA)           253.60

6            Thanyakon KHRONGPHA   (THA)             253.60

6            Scott VINCENT   (ZIM)                                253.60

6            Scott HEND   (AUS)                                     253.60

6            David GLEESON   (AUS)                              253.60

11          Kurt KITAYAMA   (USA)                              168.00

11          Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI   (THA)      168.00

13          Jake HIGGINBOTTOM   (AUS)                   141.50

13          Chikkarangappa S.   (IND)                          141.50

13          Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT   (THA)         141.50

13          Pawin INGKHAPRADIT   (THA)                   141.50

17          Prom MEESAWAT   (THA)                          126.00

18          Rahil GANGJEE   (IND)                                 111.33

18          Rory HIE   (INA)                                            111.33

18          Doyeob MUN   (KOR)                                   111.33

18          Miguel CARBALLO   (ARG)                          111.33

18          Jack HARRISON   (ENG)                               111.33

18          Charng-Tai SUDSOM   (THA)                      111.33

About Panasonic Swing

The Panasonic Swing was initiated by the Asian Tour and the Panasonic Corporation to reinforce Panasonic’s support for professional golf across the region when it came on board as the Asian Tour’s Official Consumer Electronics in May 2017.

The Panasonic Swing ranking is based on an aggregate point ranking earned by players at selected tournaments in Asia. The top-three finishers in the Panasonic Swing final ranking will earn US$70,000, US$50,000 and US$30,000 respectively via a bonus pool reward scheme.

The inaugural Panasonic Swing, launched at the 2017 Thailand Open before concluding at the 2018 Panasonic Open Japan, saw India’s Shiv Kapur winning the Panasonic Swing with total points of 2922.90. His compatriot Rahil Gangjee came in second with 2805.00 while Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand finished third on 2380.50.

The second edition of the Panasonic Swing kicked off at the 2018 Thailand Open, which was staged at the Thai Country Club from June 7 to 10. It will feature tournaments in India, Malaysia and Indonesia before concluding at the Panasonic Open Japan in 2019.

About Asian Tour

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 Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Panasonic (Official Consumer Electronics), Habitat for Humanity (Official Sustainable Development Partner), ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), Titleist and FootJoy (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Partner), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official International Media Partner), Wall Street Journal (Official International Media Partner) and Sentosa in Singapore which is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.