Veteran Prayad charged up for #CIMBClassic

Wed 28 Oct 2015

Veteran Prayad charged up for #CIMBClassic

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Kuala Lumpur, October 28: Prayad Marksaeng, the oldest man at the CIMB Classic at 49 years young, believes he can keep on winning golf tournaments even until he reaches 60.
The smooth-swinging Thai will tee up at the star-studded US$7 million CIMB Classic which starts on Thursday as one of the darkhorses after a rewarding past 10 months.
[pullquote align="left "]"I think I can still win when I’m 60." - Prayad Marksaeng[/pullquote]
A win each on the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour, four titles on the domestic Thailand circuit and 12 top-20s across the region are indication that the Thai veteran star is not slowing down despite turning 50 in January.
“I still feel like a young player,” said the world number 89 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club today. “My swing is quite natural and I don’t get injured easily. Physically, I feel good, I feel fit.”
Prayad, who still walks with a sprightly spring in his step, is keen to improve on his tied 44th outing in his previous CIMB Classic outing in 2013 although he feels the West course favours the bombers.
“KLGCC is suited for long hitters, especially for holes 12 and 13 which are critical holes. For me, I’ll be playing a lot of long irons. If the greens are firm, it will be tough. (But) I’m charged up seeing the top players here. I want to play well,” he said.
He earned his ninth Asian Tour title at the Queen’s Cup on home soil in June and went on to win a fifth career title in Japan at the Fukushima Open in the following month. He’s also not missed the cut in his last 11 starts in Asia and Japan.
Prayad feels he can keep winning on the main Tours and is not planning to switch to the senior tour. He said maintaining a strict stretching
Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand
regime every morning and taking dips in the Japanese hot spring have helps protect his body.
“I’ve played steady golf this year. I can still keep winning even though I’m turning 50 in January. I want to keep going. I feel normal, I feel I can still win on the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour,” he said.
“I think I can still win when I’m 60. It’s all about the putting for me. My driving, iron play are very good. My eyesight is not so good although I’ve done the Lasik surgery some years ago and I have a tendency of missing the shorter putts. My driving distance has come down a bit but I’ve adjusted my game and I accept it that I am hitting it shorter.”
As expected, Prayad doesn’t spend hours at the range hitting balls but has a routine with his caddie to work on his accuracy and distance control whenever he’s back in Thailand.
“My caddie would go down the range and stand at a specific yardage and I’ll work on my distance control and accuracy and he’ll try to catch the balls that I hit. I’d work through my irons with this technique and it’s worked for me. Kiradech (Aphibarnrat) is also now following my practice routine,” he said.
Kiradech, Asia’s number in 2013, enjoyed a third place finish at the CIMB Classic two years ago. But don’t be surprised if Prayad matches or betters the performance this week.
About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately USD 12.4 billion as at 30 June 2015 and over 44,000 employees located in 17 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.
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About the 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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
About PGA of Malaysia (PGAM)
The PGA of Malaysia is the umbrella body for all professional golfers in Malaysia. As the governing body, the PGA of Malaysia is the sole sanctioning authority for professional tournaments in the country. It is also tasked with the promotion and development of the game of golf at all levels and provides training, education and professional development for its members.