New Asian Development Tour (ADT) champion Nitithorn Thippong of Thailand hopes to continue his winning ways at the Singha Laguna Phuket Open which gets underway on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Nitithorn enjoyed a breakthrough win at the PGM Penang Championship last week and he will now turn his attention to the BAHT2 million (approx. US$64,000) ADT event staged at the picturesque Laguna Golf Phuket.
Nitithorn, who currently sits in third position on the Order of Merit following his victory, will be joined by his younger brother Pisitchai, Malcolm Kokocinski, the current Merit leader, Singapore’s Johnson Poh, Poosit Supupramai of Thailand and Blake Snyder of the United States.
The young Thai came close to winning on the ADT on numerous occasions since turning professional in 2015 and was delighted to cross the finishing line in style last week.
“I came so close so many times this year and it’s so amazing that I can finally get the job done in Malaysia. There was so much pressure on the last three holes but I’m happy to win,” said Nitithorn, who pipped former PGA Tour player Miguel Carballo and Kokocinski by two shots.
He will be buoyant by his soaring confidence and will stick to the game plan which guided him to victory.
“I had a good game plan last week. My coach and I split the game into nine holes, five holes and then four holes. The first nine holes, I focused on my routine and the second five holes, I tried to be aggressive and make birdies. And finally the last four holes I played with a free and happy mind.
“This strategy really worked for me on the last day. My hands were shaking and I have never felt pressure like that in a long time so I was really proud of the fact that I managed myself so well on that last day,” said the Thai.
“I don’t think about whether I am on home ground I just think about my win last week and bringing over the experience I gained from playing in the final group so I can just have fun this week,” Nitithorn smiled.
The Singha Laguna Phuket Open is the eighth leg of the 2018 ADT schedule this year. Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points are offered on all ADT events with the winner earning a total of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.
The leading five players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2019 season.
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