• Prayad MARKSAENG

    THA

    • Date of birth Jan 30, 1966
    • Turned Pro 1991
    • Residence Hua Hin
    • Family Married

Biography

Learned to play golf in Hua Hin as he had to walk through a golf course daily to get to school. His first club was made with bamboo and a piece of scrap metal. Said he is lucky to be alive today as he had mixed with the wrong crowd during his youth and golf helped save him. Tipped by Greg Norman to be a world-class player after the Aussie great played alongside him in the Dubai Desert Classic in 1996 and Norman again was impressed when the two played together in the BMW Asian Open in 2004. A laidback character. Owes his success to his mentor, Supphaporn Maphungphong, who passed away in November|2007.

Career Highlights

  1. Smooth-swinging Prayad is one of Thailand’s most successful golfers with 10 Asian Tour victories
  2. He won the 2017 SMBC Singapore Open for his 10th title, eight days before turning 51
  3. Claimed ninth title at the 2015 Queen’s Cup at the age of 49
  4. It was his second win in the event in three years
  5. Prayad started to ply his trade on the Japan Senior Tour in 2016 and he has won eight titles since. He was also crowned the Order of Merit champion on the Japan Senior Tour in 2016 and 2017.
  6. Claimed ninth title at the 2015 Queen’s Cup at the age of 49
  7. It was his second win in the event in three years
  8. Claimed three top-15s and one top-10 in 2016, despite turning 50
  9. Has since won four times on the Japan Senior Tour.Won the 2015 Fukushima Open in Japan and was a Captain’s pick to represent Team Asia at the 2016 EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM
  10. Was also part of the team in the inaugural edition in 2014
  11. He completed the Royal double in the 2013 season after winning the season-ending King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin in his hometown Hua Hin
  12. His best season remains in 2008 where he won three times in Japan and finished tied 15th in his US PGA Championship debut, the first time he had made the cut in four major appearances
  13. Also earned an invitation to the Masters Tournament earlier in the year but was forced to withdraw from the second round due to injury
  14. Enjoyed two second place finishes in early 2009 at the Maybank Malaysian Open and inaugural Black Mountain Masters in Thailand which pushed Prayad into the top-50 in the world.

Asian Tour Victories

  1. Asian Tour victories: (10)
  2. 1996 Volvo China Open
  3. 1997 Yokohama Singapore PGA Championship
  4. 1997 Thai International
  5. 2000 Casino Filipino Open, Philippines
  6. 2005 Crowne Plaza Open, Beijing
  7. 2007 Volvo Masters of Asia, Thailand
  8. 2013 Queen’s Cup, Thailand
  9. 2014 King’s Cup Golf Hua Hin, Thailand
  10. 2015 Queen's Cup, Thailand
  11. 2017 SMBC Singapore Open.

Other wins

  1. Other wins: (16)
  2. 2007 Singha E San Open, Thailand
  3. 2008 Mitsubishi Diamond Cup, Japan
  4. 2008 Mizuno Open, Japan
  5. 2008 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament, Japan
  6. 2013 Thailand Open
  7. 2015 Singha Masters
  8. 2015 Pattaya Open
  9. 2015 Fukushima Open, Japan
  10. 2016 Maruhan Cup Taiheiyo Club Senior, Japan
  11. 2016 Komatsu Open, Japan
  12. 2016 Japan Senior Open Golf Championship, Japan
  13. 2016 Japan PGA Senior Championship, Japan
  14. 2017 Sumida Cup Senior Golf Tournament, Japan
  15. 2017 Starts Senior Golf Tournament, Japan
  16. 2017 Japan Senior Open Golf Championship
  17. 2017 Fujifilm Senior Championship
 

Tournament Results

Tournament Pos R1 R2 R3 R4 Score TO PAR Earnings
SMBC Singapore Open MC 72 71 - - 143 1 -
Leopalace21 Myanmar Open RET 78 - - - 78 9 -
Maybank Championship T27 71 65 67 74 277 -11 US$ 26,700
Hero Indian Open MC 70 78 - - 148 4 -

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