• Chapchai NIRAT

    THA

    • Date of birth Jun 05, 1983
    • Turned Pro 1998
    • Residence Pitsanulok, Bangkok
    • Family Married

Biography

Chapchai turned professional at a tender age of 15, playing on the mini circuits across the region. Said he turned professional early on to try and make a living for himself. His father Chucheep was also a top golfer, playing for the Thai national team.Chapchai was introduced to the game by his father when he was four and says the best advice from his father was to be fearless. He also learned to become a monk in 2007 when he spent two weeks in the monastery and says the meditation has helped him to relax on the golf course.Nicknamed “King Kong” by his peers for his big-hitting game. Said getting fitter and trimmer was the key to his success in 2014.

Career Highlights

  1. Chapchai holds the world 72-hole scoring record with a stunning 32-under-par 256 winning total at the SAIL Open in India in 2009
  2. He also established new scoring records for 36 and 54 holes on the Asian Tour en route to an emphatic 11-stroke triumph at the Classic Golf Resort
  3. He carded rounds of 62, 62, 65 and 67
  4. He ended a five-year title drought when he defeated Filipino Antonio Lascuna in a play-off to win the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in 2014
  5. Came close again to wining at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in 2015 but was defeated by England’s Lee Westwood in a play-off
  6. In 2013, he finished tied second at the Indonesia Open
  7. In 2007, he produced a season to remember where he broke through with a wire-to-wire maiden success at the co-sanctioned TCL Classic in China and followed that up with a second victory in the Hana Bank Vietnam Masters later in the season
  8. His China win, which saw him shoot an opening 11-under-par 61, made him the third Thai player to win a co-sanctioned Asian Tour and European Tour event.Chapchai went on to register seven other top-10s and challenged Liang Wen-chong of China for the Order of Merit title before settling for second place
  9. He enjoyed a sensational rookie season in 2005 where he burst onto the scene at the Singapore Open, grabbing a share of the first round lead before settling for tied 11th place.

Asian Tour Victories

  1. Asian Tour victories: (4)
  2. 2007 TCL Classic, China
  3. 2007 Hana Bank Vietnam Masters
  4. 2009 SAIL Open, India
  5. 2014 Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters, Malaysia

Other wins

  1. Other wins: (2)
  2. 2004 Genting Masters, Malaysia
  3. 2014 Singha Chiangmai Open, Thailand

  4. Asian Development Tour victories: (1) 2016 Thongchai Jaidee Foundation, Thailand
 

Tournament Results

Tournament Pos R1 R2 R3 R4 Score TO PAR Earnings
SMBC Singapore Open T16 71 64 68 77 280 -4 US$ 12,950
Leopalace21 Myanmar Open 65 71 71 72 79 293 9 US$ 2,025
The 37th GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship MC 76 73 - - 149 7 -
AB Bank Bangladesh Open RET 77 - - - 77 7 -
Asia-Pacific Classic T10 71 71 72 66 280 -8 US$ 5,482
Thailand Open 5 68 68 64 71 271 -9 US$ 12,300
Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship T45 72 72 72 73 289 5 US$ 4,983
Queen's Cup presented by Bangchak MC 72 70 - - 142 0 -
Sarawak Championship MC 74 71 - - 145 1 -
Bank BRI Indonesia Open T3 69 67 68 68 272 -16 US$ 28,250
Royal Cup T2 68 69 67 68 272 -8 US$ 33,000
TAKE Solutions Masters MC 73 70 - - 143 1 -
The 34th Shinhan Donghae Open MC 73 72 - - 145 3 -
Mercuries Taiwan Masters 53 73 74 76 79 302 14 US$ 2,500
Yeangder TPC T21 73 73 67 72 285 -3 US$ 5,075
Panasonic Open India 65 70 69 75 79 293 5 US$ 1,080

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