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Ariffin shows grit and determination to clinch win


Shahriffuddin Ariffin

Malaysia’s Shahriffuddin Ariffin showed steely determination to clinch victory at the PKNS Selangor Masters today, shrugging off a double bogey on the par-five 13th hole to face down Thailand’s Denwit Boriboonsub at the finish.

Denwit, who started the day tied with Ariffin (275) at Kelab Golf Seri Selangor, was unable to take advantage of his playing partner’s misstep on 13, and instead posted a string of dropped shots in the closing holes as he watched his title chance slip away.

The pair, who had traded birdies and bogeys to remain in lockstep throughout most of the day at the US$150,000 Asian Development Tour event, were eventually parted in the finishing stretch. Denwit finished in second, two shots back of Ariffin with 277.

Lloyd Jefferson Go of the Philippines briefly held second place with Denwit until a final hole bogey dropped him into a share of third with veteran Danny Chia. Malaysia’s Chia, who posted par for the day, for a closing score of 278. They were followed by Zimbabwe’s Kieran Vincent in solo fifth with 279 and Australia’s Jack Murdoch in sixth with 280.

Joe Heraty of England finished with 283 strokes and a share of seventh place, together with Singapore’s Gregory Foo and Malaysia’s Amir Nazrin. Nazrin, who was the early tournament leader after round one with a score of 65, was unable to repeat his opening day heroics and posted his third plus par score of 73.

Suteepat Prateeptienchai of Thailand rounded out the top 10 for a par tournament score of 284, followed by compatriots Chanat Sakulpolphaisan and Varanyu Rattanaphiboonkij on 285 in 11th place, together with Malaysia’s Edven Ying.

Joshua Greville-Wood of England finished in 14th spot with a score of 286, a position he shared with Thai duo Chonlatit Chuenboonngam and Puwit Anupansuebsai.

Filling the remain places in the top 20 were Kemarol Baharin and Ervin Chang of Malaysia, and Thailand’s Nirun See-ueng and Peradol Panyathanasedh, who shared 17th spot with a score of 287.


Shahriffuddin Ariffin

Malaysia’s Shahriffuddin Ariffin seized the initiative in round three of the PKNS Selangor Masters, posting a five-under-par score of 66 to grab a share of the lead at Kebab Golf Seri Selangor on Friday with a combined score of 205.

Denwit Boriboonsub of Thailand, who had a share of the lead at the start of play, managed to keep pace with Ariffin by posting a 68, but his fellow overnight leader Amir Nazrin of Malaysia had a disappointing day, dropping five shots in the last four hole to finish with a 73.

Lloyd Jefferson Go of the Philippines also posted a 66 to move into third place, a position he shares with Malaysia’s Danny Chia who shot 67 to make it to six under (207) for the US$150,000 Asian Development Tour event.

Australia’s Jack Murdoch scored a round of par, with just a birdie/bogey combo on the pair of par fives on the front nine and holds solo fifth on 209, followed by Nazrin in sixth with 210 shots after three rounds.

Thailand’s Sutteepat Prateeptienchai carded the low round of the day with a bogey-free score of 65 to move into seventh spot, followed by Gregory Foo of Singapore, who lost ground with a disappointing 74 to drop into solo eight spot.

Zimbabwe’s Kieran Vincent, fresh from his adventures in Africa at the International Series Morocco and International Series Egypt, moved up into ninth spot with a 69 today, and joined England’s Joe Heraty who had an up and down day but ended up with a par score to remain on 213, par score for the three days.

Malaysia’s Edvin Ying, tied for third overnight, had an unfortunate reversal of fortunes, scoring five over in his round to drop into a share of 11th, which he shares with Abdul Hadi of Singapore and Puwit Anupansuebsai of Thailand.


Denwit Boriboonsub of Thailand closed the gap on overnight leader Amir Nazrin during Round Two of the PKNS Selangor Masters in Petaling Jaya on Friday, posting a one under score of 70 to tie the lead going into the final rounds.

Malaysia’s Nazrin, who posted a six under score of 65 yesterday, was not able to maintain the pace for a second day, scoring bogeys on the final hole of each nine at Kebab Golf Seri Selangor for a two round total of 137.

Amir Nazrin

Amir Nazrin

His compatriot Edven Ying, who held a share of second place in the US$150,000 Asian development Tour event overnight, managed to keep in touch with the leaders, but after a colorful round with five birdies and as many bogeys, drops to third on four under.

Sharing the group in third place were two overnight movers, Jack Murdoch of Australia and Singapore’s Gregory Foo, who both carded rounds of 68 to add to their first round totals of 70. Both posted one of the few eagles on the board, Foo on the par five fifth hole, and Murdoch on the equally lengthy par five sixth.

Edven Ying

Edven Ying

Shariffuddin Ariffin holds solo sixth after his one over par round, which although it included six birdies, also saw too many dropped shots, including a double on the par 3 third hole.

Fellow Malaysian Danny Chia matched his first round score of 70, as dis Van Thomas of the USA, and the pair share seventh spot with a combined score of 140, three shots back of the leaders.

Gregory Foo

Gregory Foo

The Philippine duo of Lloyd Jefferson Go and Ira Alido occupy ninth place on the board at one under par, Alido posting a four under score of 67 to make up for his three over 74 in Round One.

In a group of four in 11th place, Abdul Hadi of Singapore and England’s Joe Heraty are joined by Thailand’s Nattawat Suvajanakorn and Nirun Sae-ueng, all on even par after two rounds with a score of 142.

The cut after Round Two was set at eight over par, and 50 golfers will continue into Round Three.


Amir Nazrin

Malaysia’s Amir Nazrin overcame a shaky start to set the early pace at the PKNS Selangor Masters on Wednesday, recovering from a first hole bogey to claim a final score of 65 and a lead of two strokes in the first round.

A powerful closing stretch with five birdies in seven holes set him apart from his nearest contenders, Thailand’s Denwit Boriboonsub and fellow Malaysian Shariffuddin Ariffin, who each posted a four-under 67.

Edven Ying, also of Malaysia, was part of the afternoon wave and joined the group in second place as play drew to a close at the par 71 Seri Selangor course.

Shahriffuddin Ariffin

England’s Joe Heraty leads a group in fifth place on three under, joined by Lloyd Jefferson Go of the Philippines, Malaysia’s Galven Green and Suttjet Kooratanapisan of Thailand.

Chonlatit Chuenboonngam of Thailand sits in solo ninth place at two under, with a big group in joint 10th on one under par, including Varanyu Rattanaphiboonkij of Thailand, England’s Joshua Grenville-Wood, Singapore’s Gregory Foo, Jack Murdoch of Australia, America’s Van Thomas and the Malaysian trio of veteran Danny Chia, Leunkwang Kim and amateur Hariz Hezri.

Joe Heraty

Japanese amateur Daichi Hayashi, only 12 years old, set a new record as the event got underway, becoming the youngest ever to tee it up on tour. The previous record was set by Malaysia’s Gavin Green at 13 when he started in the Iskandar Johor Open.

The Japanese youngster, who posted a first round score of 82, has quite a bit of work to do to break his next record, that of Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond.

In 2010, the 2019 Order of Merit winner became the youngest player ever to make the halfway cut in an Asian Tour event, playing the weekend as an amateur at the age of 14 years, 71 days.


Asian Development Tour (ADT) players can look forward to a bumper end-of-season bonanza.

Making a welcome return to the schedule after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taifong Open will act as the decisive, final event on the 2022 ADT.

With the leading 10 players, not otherwise exempted, on the final 2022 ADT Order of Merit following the conclusion of the Taifong Open earning their Asian Tour cards for the 2023 season, it promises to be a memorable week in Chinese Taipei.

Further good news for participants at the Taifong Golf Club from December 22-25 is that the prize fund is being increased by 25 per cent to US$200,000, becoming the joint richest event on the ADT.

When the tournament was last staged on the ADT at the end of 2019, the purse was US$160,000.

Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and CEO, Asian Tour, said: “Given that the Taifong Open will once more bring down the curtain on the ADT season, it’s a fabulous development that we’ll have a significant rise in prize money.

2019 Taifong Open winner Donlaphatchai Niyomchon.

“With Asian Tour cards on the line and so much at stake, it’s fitting that the Taifong Open will offer the equal highest purse on the Tour, reflecting the importance of the week.”

When the Taifong Open was last held on the Asian Development Tour in the final week of 2019 it was Thai Donlaphatchai Niyomchon who emerged triumphant.

It was the sixth year in succession that the Taifong Open had been part of the ADT.

Previous winners of the Taifong Open were Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang (2018 and 2014); Thai Pannakorn Uthaipas (2017); American Johannes Veerman (2016) and Thai Rattanon Wannasrichan (2015).

Thailand’s Suteepat Prateeptienchai sensationally made it three wins within a month in Indonesia on the ADT when he triumphed in the US$100,000 Combiphar Players Championship, at Parahyangan Golf, in September.

He tops the Order of Merit and his three brilliant victories meant he earned a battlefield promotion on to the Asian Tour for the remainder of this season.

Three events remain this season: the Selangor Masters, the Saudi Open and the Taifong Open.


The Asian Development Tour (ADT) is set to make its eagerly awaited return to Malaysia this season, following a break of three years, for the Selangor Masters.

The popular event will be held at the highly rated Seri Selangor Golf Club from November 23 to 26 (Wednesday to Saturday) and will offer an overall purse of US$150,000 – making it one of the most lucrative ADT tournaments this season.

The tournament, which was previously held on the Asian Tour from 2008 to 2014, will play a key role in determining the final positions on the ADT Order of Merit, with players vying to finish inside the top-10 to earn playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2023.

Jointly sanctioned with Asian Tour’s long-time partner Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour, the Selangor Masters will feature a 144-man field consisting of 98 players from the ADT and 40 players from the PGM, along with six sponsor invitations.

It will also be the first international golf tournament to be held in Malaysia since the Malaysia Open, which was the last event to be held on the Asian Tour in March 2020 before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last ADT event in Malaysia, a country that used to host multiple ADT events in previous years, was held in November 2019 and won by Thailand’s Nirun Sae-Ueng.

The Selangor Masters has celebrated many worthy champions in Ben Leong (2008), the only Malaysian to have won an Asian Tour event in Malaysia, Australian Rick Kulacz (2009), Angelo Que (2010) of the Philippines and Joonas Granberg (2011) of Finland.

Thai trio Thaworn Wiratchant (2012), main picture, Pariya Junhasavasdikul (2013) and Chapchai Nirat (2014), who emerged victorious in a play-off to end a five-year title drought for his fourth win on Tour, claimed the last three editions of the Selangor Masters.

The Selangor Masters will mark the 14th leg of the current ADT season which celebrated the rise of Order of Merit leader Suteepat Prateeptienchai, who spectacularly won three titles to earn playing rights for the remainder of the current season on the Asian Tour.

The 29-year-old is attempting to become the third player from Thailand to lift the Order of Merit crown following Pavit Tangkamolprasert (2014) and Pannakorn Uthaipas (2017) since the ADT was inaugurated in 2010.

The ADT is set to stage a minimum of 14 tournaments this year across seven countries – Chinese Taipei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Thailand’s Suteepat Prateeptienchai sensationally made it three wins within a month in Indonesia on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) when he triumphed in the US$100,000 Combiphar Players Championship, at Parahyangan Golf.

His three brilliant victories means he earns a battlefield promotion on to the Asian Tour for the remainder of this season.

He came from two shots behind overnight leader Chonlatit Chuenboonngam to beat his compatriot by two shots.

Suteepat carded a four-under-par 68 for a winning total of 15 under par, while Chonlatit returned a 72.

Australian Kade McBride finished in outright third place three behind the winner after also closing with a 72.

Suteepat quickly took control of the tournament on the final day by going out in three under with birdies on two, five and seven, while Chonlatit went in the other direction by dropping shots to make the turn in three over. A one under back nine proved good enough for Suteepat to hold off a late charge from Chonlatit who rallied with birdies on 13, 15 and 17.

Said Suteepat: “I didn’t think about the score after nine holes. My driver, tee shots, were the key, but it was difficult, pin positions were tough. I am so happy to make it through and win again, I can’t describe the feeling.”

The victory means he moves to the top of the ADT Order of Merit, with Chonlatit slipping back into second.

At the end of August Suteepat claimed the BNI Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament and just last week that OB Golf Invitational presented by Jababeka.

This week was the 13th event of the ADT season, which will see the top-10 players from the Final ADT Order of Merit secure right of passage onto the Asian Tour next year.


Thailand’s Chonlatit Chuenboonngam, the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit leader, staked his claim for a second victory this season by posting a five-under-par 67 to take the third-round lead in the US$100,000 Combiphar Players Championship.

Six birdies and just one dropped shot saw him move to 13 under par at Parahyangan Golf, for a one-shot advantage over Kade McBride from Australia, who carded a 68.

Thailand’s Suteepat Prateeptienchai, the overnight leader, fired a 70 and is one stroke further behind – in what is the 13th stop on this year’s ADT and the sixth and final visit of the year to Indonesia.

“I putted really well today, compared with yesterday and the first day,” said Chonlatit.

“It’s a tough course! The pin positions are difficult but at least the greens are soft so you can stop the ball. I found all the par fives in two and two putted.”

Chonlatit won The 2nd Gunung Geulis Golf Invitational supported by Nomura in August for his maiden ADT win and has also amassed four other top-10s, including a joint runner-up finish in the Blue Canyon Open.

McBride eagled the par-five second to make his move and while he was able to make four birdies later on, he did make two bogeys.

Suteepat, who sits in third place on the Order of Merit following two victories in Indonesia over the last one month, was on course to stay out in front but made double on the par-four 13th, which were his only dropped shots of the day.

He won the BNI Ciputra Golfpreneur in August, and the following month the OB Golf Invitational Jababeka.

Thailand’s Chanat Sakulpolphaisan is in solo fourth, three behind the leader, after a 69, one ahead of countryman Denwit Boriboonsub, in with a 73.

With the season starting to draw to a conclusion, the pressure is mounting as the top-10 on the Final Order of Merit earn playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2023.


Thai talent Suteepat Prateeptienchai propelled to the top of the leaderboard after firing a second-round seven-under-par 65 to grab the clubhouse lead on nine-under-par 135 total at the weather-disrupted Combiphar Players Championship on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Thai, who opened his campaign with a 70, fired two eagles in five holes and nailed four birdies against a bogey to put himself in prime position to chase for a third consecutive victory in his last three starts on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).

Suteepat, who sits in third place on the Order of Merit following two victories in Indonesia over the last one month, holds a one-shot advantage over compatriot and Order of Merit leader Chonlatit Chuenboonngam, who returned a 66, in the US$100,000 ADT event held at the Parahyangan Golf.

Denwit Boriboonsub, also of Thailand, lurked one shot off the pace after posting a sizzling front-nine 30 which saw him notch six birdies, including four in-a-row from the sixth. He will be among the 57 players who will return to complete their rounds at 6.15am local time on Thursday.

The second round of the Combiphar Players Championship was suspended at 12.30pm local time due to lightning threats before resuming two hours later. The halfway cut is projected to be at two-over-par 146 with players inside top-50 and ties progressing into the next two rounds.

The Combiphar Players Championship is the ADT’s sixth and final stop in Indonesia this season. With a prize money of US$100,000 on offer, players will have everything to play for as they aim to finish inside top-10 on the final Order of Merit to earn playing rights on the Asian Tour in 2023.

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Indonesia’s Jonathan Wijono set a blistering pace at the start of the Combiphar Players Championship in Bandung today, posting a six-under-par 66 to establish a two shot lead after an early start and only a double bogey at his last hole prevented him opening an even bigger lead.

He was joined at the top by Thailand’s Suttijet Kooratanapisan during a weather-disrupted afternoon at the US$100,000 Asian Development Tour event, which is being held at Parahyangan Golf Club in Bandung from September 20-23.

“My game today was very good,” said Wijono after his round. “I’ve been playing really solid so far in practice and my goal is to maintain this level for the week. A few mistakes but I think today was very solid.”

“I was going well until I made a double bogey on nine. Second shot I hit it a bit too hard and the ball went in the bunker, that was one of the mistakes, but overall today was very solid, I’m very happy,” he added.

Kade McBride
Kade McBride of Australia. Picture by Yulius Martinus / OB Golf

The threat of lightning forced a two-hour weather delay during the afternoon and play was stopped due to failing light at 5.40pm. Suttijet has six holes to complete his round when play restarts at 6.15am tomorrow. Six groups on each nine still have to complete their rounds, and Round Two will start at 7am.

Indonesia’s Joshua Andrew Wirawan leads a group in third place on four under par, together with Australia’s Kade McBride and Chanat Sakulpolphaisan of Thailand. The three players were part of the morning wave and were able to complete their rounds without incident and posted a score of 68.

In sixth place on three under par, Malaysia’s Ervin Chang, Shinichi Mizuno of Japan and England’s Joshua Grenville-Wood posted early scores of 69, together with Tawit Polthai of Thailand and Indonesia’s Benita Kasiadi.

Ervin Chang
Ervin Chang of Malaysia. Picture by Yulius Martinus / OB Golf

They were joined later in the day by Malaysia’s Shahriffuddin Ariffin and Pannakorn Uthaipas of Thailand who made a promising start in the afternoon wave before progress was halted by the weather. They will resume in the morning with three holes to play.

Thailand’s Varanyu Rattanaphiboonkij also sits in sixth with one hole to complete his first round, followed by Harrison Gilbert of Australia who has another six holes to go.