14-year-old cuts at Asian Tour event | Golf News and Tour Information

There are a handful of names golf fans might recognize on the course at this week’s Blue Canyon Phuket Championship in Thailand, the Asian Tour’s first official event in 20 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And a name they might want to remember.

American John Catlin, a three-time European Tour winner, holds one of Sadom Kaewkanjana’s lead 36 holes at the Blue Canyon Golf Club in Bangkok. Former U.S. junior champion Shiwan Kim and Euro Tour winner Wade Ormsby are in the top 10. And 11 strokes off the lead is Ratchanon Chantananuwat, a 14-year-old Thai man ranked 211th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, who only became the third. youngest golfer to make the cut in an Asian Tour event.

Chantananuwat’s one-under 143 total (71-72) came after hitting 29 of 36 greens and 23 of 28 fairways over the two rounds.

“My game is OK,” Chantananuwat said before the tournament. “I just want to make sure I’m connected because if I want to do well the driver has to be on point, hitting has to be on point, I have to make the putts, get my irons close, everything has to be as good as possible.”

Prior to making his Asian Tour debut, the teenager, who has father Tara on his bag this week, had competed in several professional events on the All Thailand Golf Tour, finishing low amateur in six straight matches, including a second and a fifth. place of arrival in two departures. He was the small amateur (T-16) at the Thailand Open.

At 14 years and 286 days, Chantananuwat is the third youngest player to make a cut on the Asian circuit, behind Jazz Janewattananond (who missed the cut in this event by four strokes) and Kuang Yang.

Michael C. Ford