QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand: Thailand has four golfers teeing it up at the 101st New Zealand Open which gets underway in the small hours of Thursday, Thailand time.
Pavit Tangkamolprasert will be looking to secure a third Asian Tour title this week after lifting the Sabah Masters crown in extra time during the 2019 campaign and the Macau Open back in season 2016.
All signs are good for Pavit, who tasted victory at the Asian Development Tour Boonchu Ruangkit Championship late last month. The big-hitting Thai – who is due to head off alongside Shiv Kapur at 1233 local time (0633 Bangkok) – will be looking to extend his hot run of form over the Millbrook Resorts and The Hills layouts.
Joining Pavit will be Panuphol Pittayarat, who heads into this week on the back of a missed cut at the SMBC Singapore Open. After winning his home open in 2018, Panuphol has struggled to make real inroads into the business end of tournaments, with only one top ten finish throughout 2019. Although a 24th place finish in the money list shows that there is potential bubbling under the surface.
He will join fellow Thai player Kosuke Hamamoto on the first tee at 0814 local time (0214 Bangkok time). Hamamoto, who is coming off a 14th place finish at the SMBC Singapore Open, secured his 2020 playing rights with at top-ten finish at last year’s Bank Bri Indonesian Open quickly followed up by a runner-up spot at the Yeangder TPC. The 2019 Tour rookie could well be one to watch at this week’s event.
Sadom Kaewkanjana completes the Thai quartet. The 21-year old holds the record for the fastest Qualifying School graduate to win on Tour at the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open, which was his first start on the Asian Tour. And he shows few signs of slowing down, getting his 2020 season off to a flying start with the tied-seventh finish at the Hong Kong Open.
He missed the cut at the recent SMBC Singapore Open and will be hoping for a quick bounce-back to form when he tees off at The Hills at 1338 local time – 0738 Bangkok time.
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