Shoot for the Stars

Asia’s reservoir of golfing talent continues to grow deeper with the exciting emergence of new and young rising stars

18-year-old Phachara Khongwatmai

He joined fellow youngsters Jazz Janewattananond, 21, Danthai Boonma, also 21, and 23-year-old Natipong Sritong in the exclusive Asian Tour champions club which prompted experienced Indian Shiv Kapur, who finished second to Rattanon, to marvel at the rise of the Thai kids.

“There’s just a big bunch of young kids coming up from Thailand and India especially,” said the double Asian Tour winner.

In addition, 18-year-old Phachara Khongwatmai was ranked an impressive third on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit at the time of writing following two runner-up finishes in the SMBC Singapore Open, which featured Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia, and the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.


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