BANGKOK, August 10 - Two-time winner Boonchu Ruangkit, the “Godfather” of Thai golf, has advised countryman Prom Meesawat to forgot about the importance of winning the Thailand Open and play his own game in the final two rounds.
“I wont be speaking to him directly as he knows this course so well and is playing good golf,” said Boonchu, the Thailand Open champion in 1992 and 2004.
But with Thai players believing that winning the “King’s Trophy” is as much a spiritual test as a physical one, the 56-year-old Boonchu warned Prom not to muddle his mind with premature thoughts of victory.
“My idea is that he does not have to change anything in his approach or game,” said Boonchu, a five-time winner on the Asian Tour who has enjoyed a new lease of life on the Seniors circuit in Europe.
“He should try not to think about the importance of winning the trophy. It will be difficult as his father won the Thailand Open and he wants to do the same.”
Boonchu is playing the Thailand Open for the first time since the prestigious tournament joined OneAsia in 2010 and has not written off his chances of a historic third victory.
He added a sizzling 66 to his opening round of 69 to lie six shots behind clubhouse leader Prom after the morning session on Friday.
“There are so many young boys out there playing well,” said Boonchu. “But this event holds a lot of importance for me – it is the “King’s Trophy” we are competing for– so I am pleased to be playing well.
“If I am to win, I have to go really low on Saturday. Let’s see”