Poom could do well in The Open

Poom could do well in The Open

The writer poses with golfer Poom Saksansin.
The writer poses with golfer Poom Saksansin.

When JH Taylor won the British Open back in 1894, he picked up a cheque of £30, and 120 years later Thailand's Poom Saksansin is hoping to become next month's winner and fill his suitcase with around 88 million baht for his success.

Poom will be travelling over with compatriot Jazz Janewattananond to play at Royal St George's -- the famous links course located on the South-East coast of England.

I've told him to find a good caddie as knowing where to hit, if the wind should blow, is essential for a good result.

Author Ian Fleming used the Royal St George's course under the name Royal St Marks in his 1959 James Bond novel Goldfinger.

When he died, Fleming was the captain-elect of the club.

This classic links course has hosted the British Open on 14 occasions since 1894 -- the last time being in 2011 when Darren Clarke hoisted the Claret Jug.

The par-70 course was established in 1887 and is situated on the same stretch of coastline as Royal Cinque Ports Club and neighbouring Prince's Golf Club, both former British Open venues.

The club was founded by surgeon Laidlaw Purves in 1887 in a setting of wild duneland.

Many holes feature blind or partially blind shots, although the unfairness element has been reduced somewhat, after several 20th century modifications.

The course also possesses the deepest bunker in championship golf, located on its fourth hole.

Poom has a low physical stature which might stand him in good stead in staying below the gusts that will knock others off balance.

I've witnessed him preparing hard and is a dark horse provided he doesn't let the scale and importance of playing in the British Open affect his talent at, arguably, golf's biggest tournament and I know that I speak for all readers in wishing him all the best for the championship.

Out of bounds: Poom Saksansin is soft-spoken and humble and at 28 years of age has won five tournaments, including three Asian Tour events. He turned pro in 2013 after representing Thailand at the 2010 Asian Games, the 2011 and 2013 SEA Games and the 2012 Eisenhower Trophy. At the 2011, SEA Games, he won the gold medal in the team event. At the 2013 SEA Games, he won bronze in the individual event and gold in the team competition.

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