Thanyakorn takes one-shot lead after first-round 66
Thanyakorn Khrongpha fired a sizzling six-under-componen 66 to consider a 1-shot lead in the Singha-Sitting Championship 2016 in Prachuap Khiri Khan yesterday.
The Khon Kaen native made six birdies inside a bogey-free round at Regal Creek Club and Resort, and it was one stroke in front of Sutijet Kooratanapisan who’d seven birdies and 2 bogeys.
The 3-million-baht tournament may be the first event under new Professional Golf Association of Thailand president Methee Sudhasa.
Vying for that winner’s cheque of 435,000 baht and the 4th ThaiPGA Tour title, Thanyakorn stated he has been around form since he began playing in Japan lately.
“My experience of Japan helps us a lot,” he stated. “Should you keep your ball within the fairway, you’ve got a good possibility of having a birdie.”
Six players were tied for third — Udorn Duangdecha, Pariya Junhasavasdikul, Ronnachai Jamnong, Peradol Panyathanasedh, Phiphatphong Naewsuk and Wisut Artjanawat.
Chapchai Nirat, who missed the cut in the All Thailand Golf Tour’s Hua Hin Open a week ago, was tied for 13th on 70 together with Thaworn Wiratchant, Poom Saksansin, Nacha Patchana and Thepbadin Amaranan.
In another development, Kiradech Aphibarnrat will tee off in the Players Championship in Florida today.
Because of his world ranking, Kiradech is qualified to participate in the lucrative tournament the very first time. The planet No.42 is grouped with England’s Greg Owen and Scott Pinckney of the usa.
It will likely be his fifth PGA Tour event this season because he aims to have a tour card in the finish of the season.
Together with his top-50 position on the planet rankings in the finish of this past year, he’s qualified to experience in a minimum of 12 PGA Tour occasions this season.
For world No.49 Thongchai Jaidee, he’s going for a break and can go back to action at next week’s Irish Open.