Nitithorn aims for back-to-back wins at Singha Laguna Phuket Open

Tue 08 May 2018

Nitithorn aims for back-to-back wins at Singha Laguna Phuket Open

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Phuket, May 8: 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, and ADT winners Oscar Zetterwall of Sweden, 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.

About Laguna Golf Phuket


Laguna Golf Phuket is an 18-hole, par 71 golf course situated in the heart of Asia’s first integrated resort – Laguna Phuket, conveniently accessible by complimentary shuttle service from the surrounding hotels. Thoroughly redesigned and reopened in 2015, the new landscaping with great emphasis on natural surroundings and wildlife provides golfers a whole new golfing experience. During the game, a tranquil journey into the native cultural experience with infused local elements creates a unique sense of place. The Thai villa design clubhouse offers a host of luxury facilities, including a well-stocked Pro Shop and international dining option. The course also features Southeast Asia’s first PGA-branded golf academy, offering a holistic learning experience by PGA instructors with a wide range of teaching packages, and extensive practice facilities including dedicated swing rooms with Trackman video analysis, as well as a purpose-built fitness studio with private sessions designed to improve your performance on the course.

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 Web.com 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.