The story of a 14-year-old Thai golf prodigy

Ratchanon Chantananuwat. Joo-hyung Kim (-4) is a Korean golfer that we must not lose track of. He is barely

Ratchanon Chantananuwat.

Joo-hyung Kim (-4) is a Korean golfer that we must not lose track of. He is barely 19 years old and has already accumulated six victories in world ranking tournaments. The last one has arrived this same Sunday after winning the The Singapore International of asian-tour, disputed in Tampines course of Tanah Merah Country Club. Kim has defeated the Thai in the tiebreaker Rattanon Wannasrichan. In addition, he is placed leader in the order of merit of the Asian circuit and gets for the first time in his career among the 100 best in the world.

It is undeniable that Kim’s future is more than promising. He has already played 57 tournaments between the Korean, Australian, American and Asian circuits and has six wins, seven second places and 29 top tens. More than half the time he finishes in the top ten and has already made his debut in a Big. He played the 2020 PGA Championship and missed the cut.

However, the precocity and talent of Joo-hyung Kim have been overshadowed this week by the irruption of Ratchanon Chantananuwat, a 14-year-old Thai amateur golfer who finished third. It is the first time he has played a professional tournament outside of Thailand and he has fought for victory until the end. He finished just two shots from tiebreak three to deliver one of the very few laps below 70 shots this Sunday.

Chantananuwat is 14 years, three months and four days old. Had he won, he would have set a new world record. Nobody has conquered an elite professional tournament at that age. The brand is held by Atthaya Thitikul, her compatriot, who won the Ladies European Tour at the age of 14 years, four months and 19 days.

Chantananuwat has played thirteen world ranking tournaments and has four top 5 finishes. Most of his forays have been on the Thai pro circuit, though he has also played three Asian Tour tournaments and his worst finish is 30th. We will have to be very aware of the evolution of this child because what he is doing is not normal.

With his third place in Singapore, he will enter the top 500 of the world ranking for the first time in his career. He will become the youngest player in history to achieve this goal.

At Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, a tournament on the PGA Tour Australasia, has won Jed Morgan (-22) with eleven shots ahead of Andrew Dodt. Min Woo Lee has finished fourth.