Slick Putt on a roll in Faldo Series Thailand Championship
Bangkok, Thailand (May 17): Putt Sridama continued his remarkable sequence of Faldo Series Asia successes with a thrilling play-off victory in the 11th edition of the Faldo Series Thailand Championship [North].
In a dramatic denouement at Watermill Golf and Gardens, Putt prevailed in extra-time against Nopparat Panichphon in the third leg of the record-breaking 2016-17 Faldo Series Asia campaign.
It was Putt’s second triumph in four years in the Faldo Series Thailand Championship, having also emerged victorious at the Panorama Golf and Country Club in 2013-2014.
The following season, Putt had the distinction of winning the Faldo Series Cambodia Championship at the Angkor Golf Resort, sculpted by Faldo Design.
Now aged 17, Putt is the only player in the history of the Faldo Series Asia to have won two different national qualifiers.
Six-time Major champion Sir Nick Faldo, Britain’s most successful golfer, said: “Congratulations to Putt on another outstanding performance. He has an astonishing record in the Faldo Series Asia over the past four years.
“It would be wonderful if Putt went on to win the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Laguna Lang Co next year and become the first Thai boy to claim the overall title at the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final since Nakarin Ratanakul was crowned champion in 2007.”
Thanks to his latest triumph, Putt will lead a five-strong Thai contingent to the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick at Laguna Lang Co in Danang, Vietnam, in March, 2017.
Also making the trip will be age-group winners Pattarapon Lostapornpipit (Boys’ Under-21); Thongpipat Rattanayanon (Boys’ Under-18); Nattavadee Khunsri (Girls’ Under-21) and Naramol Nuchsira (Girls’ Under-16).
En route to his victory in Cambodia two years ago, Putt shot a course record 66 at Angkor Golf Resort.
At Watermill Golf and Gardens, he once more lived up to his name, using the short stick to good effect in an opening-day birdie blitz that saw him post a sparkling seven-under-par 65 – one shot behind Nopparat.
Again there was little between them on day two with Putt posting a 69 and Nopparat a 70 which meant they ended the 36-hole event tied at the top on 10-under 134.
In the three-hole play-off in which the aggregate score was counted, Putt reeled off three pars while Nopparat slipped up with a bogey at the second hole that ultimately proved the difference.
Supported by The R&A and endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the 2016-17 Faldo Series Asia campaign stretches over 11 months.
As well as three events in China and two each in India and Thailand, championships will be staged in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.
Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006.
Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching more than 7,000 golfers each year. Past winners include Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, both multiple Major winners.
Faldo Series Thailand Championship, leading final scores:
142 – Pattarapon Lostapornpipit (69-73)
144 – Pakorn Niamsang (74-70)
153 – Nasun Setabut (71-82)
134 – Putt Sridama* (65-69); Nopparat Panichphon (64-70)
143 – Aticom Sookvaree (73-70); Nipitphon Thiangtron (71-72)
143 – Thongpipat Rattanayanon (70-73)
147 – Athicha Popa (72-75)
148 – Poramin Inraksa (74-74)
143 - Nattavadee Khunsri (74-69)
145 – Watchaneeporn Keawsung (73-72)
147 – Papatsara Niamrungrueang (76-71)
138 – Naramol Nuchsira (68-70)
139 - Onkanok Soisuwan (74-65)
141 – Tunrada Piddon (71-70)
142 – Kultida Pramphun (68-74)
*Putt won play-off