Pavit braced for new ad­ven­ture

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS -

QUEENSTOWN: Thai­land’s Pavit Tangkamol­prasert is look­ing for­ward to a new ex­pe­ri­ence when he heads to Queenstown for the New Zealand Open in a fort­night.

The 28-year-old, who earned his Asian Tour break­through in Ma­cao in 2016, will be play­ing in New Zealand for the first time.

Apart from set­ting his sights on a sec­ond Tour win at the US$1.2 mil­lion which will be sanc­tioned by the Asian Tour, PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia and the Ja­pan Golf Tour Or­gan­i­sa­tion (JGTO), the Thai is also ex­cited to be play­ing against a spec­tac­u­lar back­drop that the event is go­ing to of­fer.

“I can’t wait to get to New Zealand. This will be my first time play­ing there and I’ve heard so many good things about the coun­try. I did a google search on Queenstown and saw so many fas­ci­nat­ing and beau­ti­ful pic­tures on­line. I’m re­ally ex­cited about go­ing there,” said the Thai.

Pavit rose through the Asian De­vel­op­ment Tour (ADT) ranks where he won five times be­fore go­ing on to make his mark on the Asian Tour.

He reached a ca­reer high of 10th place on the Asian Tour Or­der of Merit in 2016 and is hop­ing to reach sim­i­lar heights this sea­son.

“It has been two years since my first Asian Tour vic­tory in Ma­cao and I’m hop­ing to win again. I know I have the game to do well and hope­fully that I can put four good rounds to­gether in New Zealand,” said Pavit.

The New Zealand Open will also in­cor­po­rate a unique Pro-Am for­mat which will be played with a two-ball best ball for­mat. It is an­other unique ex­pe­ri­ence where Pavit knows will cre­ate more hype for the event.

“I played in a sim­i­lar for­mat be­fore at Dun­hill Links where it’s good fun. So this will add an­other level of ex­cite­ment for the event,” said Pavit.

More than 15 Asian Tour cham­pi­ons in­clud­ing 2016 Or­der of Merit win­ner Scott Hend of Aus­tralia are ex­pected to con­test at New Zealand’s premier golf tour­na­ment.

The 99th New Zealand Open will be played at Mill­brook Re­sort and The Hills near Queenstown from March 1-4.

Pavit Tangkamol­prasert of Thai­land.

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