Sattaya looks to end title drought at Richard Mille Brunei Championships

Tue 06 Mar 2018

Sattaya looks to end title drought at Richard Mille Brunei Championships


Bandar Seri Begawan, March 6: Newly-wed Sattaya Supupramai of Thailand hopes marital bliss will drive him towards a fourth Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory and a first since 2014 when he tees off for the Richard Mille Brunei Championship on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Sattaya, who tied the knot with sweetheart Mameau last December, is looking to give himself yet another reason to celebrate by winning the US$60,000 ADT event, which gets underway at the Empire Golf and Country Club from March 7 to 10.

Having found new motivation and determination to play well, Sattaya is eager to find his way back into the winner’s circle at the event, which is the Sultanate’s first professional tournament in six years.

“My wife, Mameau, is very supportive of me travelling for golf. Her father plays golf almost every day and she is an avid golfer as well. We got married last December and held the ceremony in Thailand earlier this year. Since then, I realised I am not playing for myself anymore. I have to think about doing well for my family,” said Sattaya.

“I have been working out more and I have put in a lot of work in my game these past couple of weeks. I am trying my best to get back in good form. I hope to be able to play a few events on the Asian Tour and the Japan Tour later this year so these ADT events will help me gain competitive experience and build up momentum for that,” Sattaya added.

Sattaya’s younger brother, Poosit, is also eyeing for glory in the event, which is the third leg of the ADT schedule this season. Poosit broke through on the ADT when he won in Pakistan last November. They are the only brothers to have tasted victory on the ADT.

“Sattaya always tells me to keep it simple and not think too much during a round. We practise based on what we know about the course and the conditions that we foresee but we always make sure our pre-shot routine is the same no matter where we play,” said Poosit.

“I am pretty close to my brother and he always helps me with my mental game. He’s very strong in that aspect and he gives me advice on how to be free of thoughts and just play my game. I am lucky to have someone going through the same thing as me and I want to learn as much as I can from him,” added the 24-year-old Poosit.

Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski, who finished second in Bangladesh in January, will take another shot at glory in Brunei as he continues to chase for his maiden win.

I had a wrist injury in 2016 and I had to be off from competitive golf so I went back to Sweden to recuperate. I felt really good about my swing in Bangladesh and I finished well that week which was a good start to the year.

“I have been practising a lot back in Thailand alongside Asian Tour players like Simon Yates and Berry Henson before coming here. I think this will be a good week for me,” added the 26-year-old Kokocinski, who is based in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat, world number 36th and Asian Tour number one in 2013, will headline the 115-man field at the Richard Mille Brunei Championships this week. Asian Tour winners Marcus Both of Australia and Steve Lewton of England will also feature in the event.

All ADT events are afforded Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) status. The winner of each tournament receives a minimum 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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About Asian Development Tour

The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.