18th Singha Masters

Local Aces Join Title Hunt At Singha Masters 2017

BY N ON April Mon, 2017 15:07

 Local Aces Join Title Hunt At Singha Masters 2017


The country’s leading players will be in Chiang Rai this week for the Singha Masters which will be staged at the Santiburi Country Club on April 6-9.


In his 18th edition of the All Thailand Golf Tour (ATGT), the Singha Masters, which is the tour’s most lucrative tournament with 5.3 million baht for grabs, will feature 120 players in the men’s event and 24 players in the women’s one.


Leading the field are defending champion Prayad Marksaeng, Pavit Tangkramolprasert,  Thaworn Wiratchant, Chapchai Nirat, Prom Meesawat, Danthai Boonma, Phachara Khongwatmai and Chanachok Dejpiratanamongkol, who is fresh from winning the Singha Championship in Rayong a few week ago. The 51-year-old Prayad is sure to be the litmus test for the young guns.  The prolific player  holds a record 19 wins on the tour and seven of them are at Singha Masters. At the 2016 edition, he successfully defended the title by three shots on a 15-under 273.  Last year, the Singha Masters was not contested due to the tour’s busy schedule.


The prestigious Singha Masters was among five events staged when the tour was established in 1999. Other four events are Singha Hua Hin Open, Singha Classic, Singha Championship and Thailand Masters.  Interestingly, only eight players landed the titles at the 19-year-old tournament. There are Prayad Marksaeng (2000,2003,2008,2012,2015,2016), Thammanoon Srirot (2001,2002,2005,2009), Prom Meesawat (1999), Thaworn Wiratchant(2007),  Lam Chih Bing, Singapore (2010), Kang Min-Woong, South Korea (2011), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (2013) and Poom Saksansin (2014)


Lam and Kang Min-Woong are also among six foreigners to have won on the Al Thailand Golf Tour.


The 18th Singha Masters is serving as the third leg of the ATGT 2017 which will stage a minimum of  10 events with more than 31-million baht in prize money.


The tournament will be played in a 72-hole stroke play format for both the men’s and women’s events. After 36 holes, the men’s top-50 and ties and the women’s top-9 and ties  will qualify for the final two rounds.