Rising star Sadom leads Thai charge in Singapore

Rising star Sadom leads Thai charge in Singapore

Sadom Kaewkanchana, right, meets Boon Rawd Brewery chief Santi Bhirombhakdi to thank him for his support. (Photo supplied)
Sadom Kaewkanchana, right, meets Boon Rawd Brewery chief Santi Bhirombhakdi to thank him for his support. (Photo supplied)

Sadom Kaewkanjana will lead the Thai challenge at the International Series Singapore this week.

Other Thais in the Asian Tour event include Phachara Khongwatmai, Jazz Janewattananond, Thaworn Wiratchant and Prayad Marksaeng.

The US$1.5 million tournament, which tees off on Thursday at Tanah Merah Country Club, features 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed.

Sadom, who is one of the fastest rising golfers this year, is now Thailand's highest-ranked player at No 95.

The 24-year-old cracked into the world's top 100 after finishing joint 11th at the British Open last month.

His result at St Andrews was the best performance by a Thai player in the majors, eclipsing Thongchai Jaidee's previous best of T13 at the 2009 British Open.

It was in Singapore where Sadom claimed the biggest prize of his career so far.

The Narathiwat native started the year ranked 223rd before winning the Singapore Open in January.

"I have gained experience and confidence from playing at the [British] Open," he said.

Sadom also plays in the LIV Golf Invitational Series and said the circuit gives him chances to play with some world-class players.

"I have learned many things [from the LIV series]," he said.

Phachara also competes in the breakaway circuit.

Meanwhile, current Asian Tour No.1 Sihwan Kim said he is gradually starting to fix his game after a surprising loss of form which has on occasion put him in "no man's land".

"Game is getting better," said the 33-year-old, who has missed the cut in his last two Asian Tour events, as well as the British Open.

"I got some coaching over the last three weeks. Trying to fix some things in my swing. It's getting better."

During the Open and the week after he worked with renowned coach Jamie Gough.

"It's just old habits I have, just getting too narrow throughout my swing. I don't know why it happened, obviously your ball striking goes off and on. I am just missing it to both sides, and it wasn't looking pretty. I just had to get it looked at," he said.

"It's going right and left. If it's going right all the time, you just aim left and hit that shot but when I hit that shot and it goes left I am in no man's land."

He currently leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit with earnings of US$517,858 having won the International Series Thailand in March and Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge in April, also in Thailand.


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