Thitiphun ready for final round charge

Sat 18 Jan 2014

Thitiphun ready for final round charge

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Hua Hin, Thailand, January 18: Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand is confident that his goal of securing his Tour card is still within reach despite shooting a third round two-over-par 74 at the King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin on Saturday.
Thitiphun, ranked 65th on the Order of Merit, is in a battle for survival to finish inside the top-60 on the final Merit list which will earn him full playing rights in 2014.
Gutsy wind conditions at the Black Mountain Golf Club did not help Thitiphun’s cause as he was blown off course and had to settle for tied 20th position on one-under-par 215 at the season-ending US$1 million Asian Tour event.
“I’ve come to Hua Hin on many occasions but I have never experienced these sort of windy conditions before. It was a tough day in office but I’m still comfortable with my position. I just need to shoot under-par to give myself a chance to improve on my Order of Merit ranking,” said Thitiphun.
The 21-year-old Thai, nicknamed Tote because he does things at a slow pace, reckons that he needs at least a top-15 result to retain his Tour card for the new season. Should he finish in 15th place, Thitiphun will earn at least US$13,850 which should be enough to put him inside the safety zone.
“It won’t be easy but if the wind continues to blow then I know I will have a chance. I think my game plan works well and I just need to stick to it,” said Thitiphun.
Darren Beck of Australia (OOM – 63rd), Lam Chih Bing of Singapore (OOM – 66th), Sam Brazel of Australia (OOM-67th) are tied for 32nd position while Chinese Taipei’s Hung Chien-yao (OOM-71st) was ranked 44th.
The quartet will need to produce a sensational finish to give themselves a chance to break into the top-60 on the Order of Merit.
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