#TeamTHA struggles to hit form #WorldCupofGolf

Sat 26 Nov 2016

#TeamTHA struggles to hit form #WorldCupofGolf

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Melbourne, Australia, November 26: Thai stars Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat were searching for answers after a disappointing five-over-par 77 in Saturday’s foursomes left them well down the leaderboard at the US$8 million ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf.


Rated at as one of the contenders from Asia, the Asian Tour stalwarts have failed to click at Kingston Heath Golf CLub, with a three-day total of level par 216 placing them in 23rd position from out of 28 nations competing.


They swapped the teeing order from Thursday’s fourball session but it did not reap any rewards, which left Kiradech and Thongchai well disappointed with their campaign this week.


Chikkarangappa S. Chikkarangappa S.


“We played so bad. We had two three putts and one bad hole. It’s been a difficult week. We changed the strategy today by switching the holes that we were driving on. We changed the plan but it didn’t work,” said triple Asian Tour number one, Thongchai.


“Kiradech and I wanted to be aggressive on the par fives with him driving on those holes but we got confused instead. It was the wrong game plan. We can’t change anything now. We’re just not in form. In golf, you can never say anything. Sometimes it’s a good day, sometimes it’s a bad day.”


Big-hitting Kiradech was hopeful his second appearance in the World Cup of Golf would have seen them challenging for the title. Instead, it has been a struggle to find any momentum in the prestigious team event.


“It’s a bit disappointing as we expected to play better than this. We have a good team but I think we’ve been playing too much golf around the world and the body is feeling a bit tired and we’re not striking the ball too well,” said the 29-year-old.


“It’s good to be here with Thongchai though. Hopefully we can go low tomorrow. We’ll just try to enjoy it and try to make more birdies to finish up the week.”


India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia and Chikkarangappa S. started off strongly with two birdies in their first five holes in the alternate shot format but their round unraveled with some costly errors.


"It’s a bit disappointing as we expected to play better than this. We have a good team but I think we’ve been playing too much golf around the world and the body is feeling a bit tired and we’re not striking the ball too well." - Kiradech Aphibarnrat.


Chawrasia, who has won twice on the Asian Tour this season, said: “We started good, got to two under and then we bogeyed six. We made a few mistakes, it wasn’t a good round. On 15, he hit it to the left and it was a tough bunker shot from there and we made bogey. He hit a good second shot into 16 which went over the green and then I hit a poor putter from the back of the green and then missed another short put. Just made a double bogey from out of nothing.


Chikkarangappa added: “A couple of shots, we made some wrong decisions. I guess we could have finished better. We didn’t finish nice. Had a bogey on 15 and doubled on 16. If we had finished with pars, it would have been a lot better. Hope we can catch fire tomorrow, try to get a nice number to finish off the tournament. I think we’re playing solid.”


About ISPS HANDA


ISPS, the International Sports Promotion Society, is a charitable organization that promotes sports, such as golf, polo and rowing, in a belief that sports and sporting platforms can help achieve world peace. It also supports blind golf as its founder and chairman Haruhisa Handa, dubbed the father of blind golf in Japan, is the first person in Japan to establish a blind golf club, which is now called the Japan Blind Golf Association.


Dr Handa also serves as founder and chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, or IFAC, a nonprofit organization established to promote social welfare activities through music and art events. IFAC is title sponsor to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, one of the most celebrated events in the arts calendar in Australia and internationally, which takes place between the end of March and the end of April every year.


About Melbourne, Victoria


Voted the world’s most livable city for the past six years, Melbourne is a leader in staging international sporting and cultural events, with its super-friendly people ready to welcome World Cup of Golf visitors. The city is famed for its laneways and cafe culture, known as Australia's coffee capital, and is home to vibrant arts, music and fashion scenes. Melbourne's food credentials are attracting global attention and the city is the gateway to Victoria, including 21 wine regions, the stunning Great Ocean Road scenic drive and abundant native Australian wildlife. Victoria's landscapes offer everything from international surf beaches, islands and coastal experiences to Alpine mountain ranges and inland lakes. Victoria is also a popular destination for domestic and international golfing.


Media assistance is available for World Cup media wishing to develop destination related content, research locations for outside broadcasts, interview local personalities and access rights free footage. Please contact destinationpr@tourism.vic.gov.au with any requests. Destination information is also available at www.visitmelbourne.com


About the International Federation of PGA Tours


The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis. As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999. The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999.


In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.


About the International Golf Association


The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956. IGA is governed by its six-member Board of Directors. Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman. Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2016 return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne and a new Sandbelt region course in historic Kingston Heath Golf Club.