Young Phachara eyes breakthrough #BBO

Mon 08 Feb 2016

Young Phachara eyes breakthrough #BBO

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Dhaka, February 8: Thai prodigy Phachara Khongwatmai will be eyeing a winning breakthrough on the Asian Tour when he tees up for another shot at glory at the second edition of the US$300,000 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open starting Wednesday.
Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand
The 16-year-old Thai, youngest winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), created headlines when he finished sixth at the prestigious Thailand Golf Championship last December to mark his best finish on the region’s premier Tour and earn a coveted spot in The Open this July.
With memories of his strong performance still firmly etched in his mind, Phachara is hopeful of securing that maiden win when the Asian Tour returns to the Kurmitola Golf Club from February 10-13.
“I am really excited about going to The Open this July. I am working on keeping my fitness and game at a certain standard right now. A good result or perhaps a win this week would definitely give me a boost of confidence heading to The Open.
“I am hitting my driver good. This is a narrow golf course so tee shots are crucial. The greens are very wide on this course so it’s not going to be easy. I am just going to enjoy my game. This is my second year playing on the Asian Tour. I am playing with more confidence now,” said Phachara, who just won his fourth professional title on home soil last month.
Phachara, however, knows he has to overcome a recent poor putting spell before harbouring hopes of contending in Bangladesh this week.
“I am struggling with my putting at the moment but other than that, the game feels alright. I missed the halfway cut in Myanmar last week because I wasn’t able to hole my putts. After playing the practice round today, I felt comfortable with the greens here and I quite like it. Hopefully I can get the putter working again,” added the two-time ADT winner.
Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe
Asian Tour freshman Scott Vincent, who became the first player from Zimbabwe to secure an Asian Tour card after coming through the Qualifying School last month, hopes to ride on his recent run of good form when he tees up for his first Asian Tour event this week.
“This is my first time in Bangladesh and it’s been an eye-opening experience. I am very excited to see how the week will pan out. I played on the ADT for the last couple of weeks and I am enjoying it in Asia so far. Players are really friendly here,” said Vincent, who enjoyed a tied-third finish on the ADT in Malaysia last week.
“I have heard a lot of good things about the Asian Tour back home and I thought I would give it a shot at the Qualifying School. There are still a lot more to go and a lot more to achieve. I just hope to keep growing as a player. I don’t want to have too many expectations this year. There is a lot to learn and a lot to look forward to,” added the 23-year-old Vincent, who joined the play-for-pay ranks last June.
India’s Chikkarangappa S, who regained his Tour card at the Qualifying School last month, is also eager to get his season off to a flying start. “I went back home to see my coach after the Qualifying School and we worked on a couple of things for this season. I am still riding on that good form and I hope to see some good results this week.
“I am pretty familiar with this golf course. I finished tied-22nd last year and I have played a few events on my local circuit here as well. It’s more of a traditional golf course. It is very narrow. I like the layout and it really suits my eyes. Tee shots would be really important to play well on this hole and if you can hole the putts, you will do well,” said the 23-year-old Indian.
Chikkarangappa S. of India Chikkarangappa S. of India
Other notable players to feature in the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open include local hero Siddikur Rahman, Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant and reigning Asian Development Tour Order of Merit champion Casey O’Toole of the United States, who claimed his first top-five finish on the Asian Tour in Myanmar last week.
With the Olympic Games looming in July where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open will be a good opportunity for players in the region to earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro with the Official World Golf Ranking points on offer.
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