Rising stars eye breakthrough

Mon 24 Jun 2013

Rising stars eye breakthrough

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Singapore, June 24: Asian Tour rising stars, Baek Seuk-hyun of Korea and Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul, vowed to fight on for their first Asian Tour win despite falling short at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Baek, who held the lead up till the 15th hole, rued costly double-bogey and bogey on holes 16 and 17 to finish in third place alongside Namchok, who staged a late comeback by storming up the leaderboard with a 65 at the Seri Selangor Golf Club.
While feeling disappointed with his finish, Baek believes his near-miss will serve as a motivation as he continues his push for a career breakthrough on the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its 10th season in 2013.
“I know I can do it (win) but the timing and situation just didn’t work in my favour. I got tired and was under pressure since number 15. Overall, it is a good experience for me,” said Baek, who moved to fifth place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit after posting his season’s best result.
“I hope I can have another chance to win it,” added the Korean, who is based in Thailand.
While Baek was left to reflect on his near-miss on Sunday, eventual winner Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand is confident the tide will turn in his good friend’s favour one day.
“It was very hard for me. It was an awkward situation. I was in the lead after he dropped a shot on 16. It is really tough to see your friend having a difficult time coming down the stretch,” said Pariya.
“He came to me to congratulate me and I was overwhelmed. I gave him a pat on the back at the score recording area and told him that it is okay. I told him he played great and I’m sorry that happened to him. He will get his chance because he is a great player. He will come out on top one day,” added the Thai, who moved up to 16th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit after pocketing US$68,954, courtesy of his second Asian Tour victory.
Meanwhile, Namchok surprised even himself despite failing to win his maiden title on the Asian Tour.
The Thai has been training hard with Asian Tour veterans, Thaworn Wiratchant and Boonchu Ruangkit, to improve his course management and mental game since the start of the year.
His efforts paid off after he moved up 21 spots on the Order of Merit to the 44th place with his season haul of US$42,461.
“My iron and putter were really good. I got off to a hot start, which was good. I hit my nine iron from the fairway to 170 yards which landed 10 feet. I practised very hard for a couple of months with Boonchu and Thaworn. This is a tough course. I’m not sure how I played so well!” said Namchok.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat continues to lead the Merit race with US$664,620 with India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and Australia’s Scott Hend taking the second and third place respectively.
ASIAN TOUR ORDER OF MERIT - TOP-20
Pos      Player                                                             Earnings (US$)







































































































1Kiradech APHIBARNRAT   (THA)664,620.99
2Gaganjeet BHULLAR   (IND)269,066.43
3Scott HEND   (AUS)246,868.83
4LIANG Wen-chong   (CHN)185,383.29
5BAEK Seuk-hyun   (KOR)171,198.54
6Thongchai JAIDEE   (THA)160,172.53
7Wade ORMSBY   (AUS)145,317.27
8Anirban LAHIRI   (IND)139,380.5
9KIM Gi-whan   (KOR)115,108.94
10Prayad MARKSAENG   (THA)113,864.15
11SIDDIKUR   (BAN)100,605.37
12Berry HENSON   (USA)95,877.43
13Shiv KAPUR   (IND)94,841.75
14Joonas GRANBERG   (FIN)86,437.83
15Bryce EASTON   (RSA)86,159.05
16Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL   (THA)86,103.31
17Chawalit PLAPHOL   (THA)84,229.08
18Arnond VONGVANIJ   (THA)81,627.45
19KIM Hyung-sung   (KOR)76,024.03
20Daisuke KATAOKA   (JPN)75,397.09

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