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Thai Chapchai eyes India success as gift to new son

Last Updated: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 13:33

Bangkok: Thailand`s Chapchai Nirat has the perfect present in mind for his new son Mew -- victory at this month`s SAIL Open with a world record score.

Chapchai scorched the field at the Asian Tour event last March with a 72-hole scoring record of 32-under-par 256 at the Classic Golf Resort in Gurgaon, near the Indian capital. It was the lowest aggregate across the Asian, European and PGA Tours.
"I`ll be aiming for 33-under-par this time!" the burly Thai said in an Asian Tour release on Monday ahead of the March 30-April 2 tournament.

"I was happy to set a new world scoring record last year and it was also a record for every one on the Asian Tour to savour," said Chapchai, one of the longest hitters on the Asian Tour.

"I hope to win for my son, Mew, who was born on Feb. 24. I`m happy to be a father. I`m not sure how it will affect me but it is a different feeling all together."

Chapchai fired a final-round 67 to continue his spectacular run after setting a 36-hole Asian Tour mark following two successive 62s and the 54-hole record of 27-under 189.

However, the Thai acknowledged that the tree-lined Delhi Golf Club would be a lot tougher to subdue as the third edition of the tournament moves to be different venue.

"The DGC is a tough course as it`s very tight," said Chapchai, who is aiming for his fourth Asian Tour title.
"You can`t miss your tee shots and you`ve got to be consistent off the tee. I may have to leave my driver behind in Bangkok."

"Last year, I could use my driver all the time and the second shots were easy into the greens. I`ll need to come up with a good game plan."

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 13:33

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