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The youngest participant ever to win an Official World Golf Rating occasion may flip professional and money in on the LIV Golf Invitational. So why he’s decided to remain on the novice circuit?

Because the youngest ever winner of an Official World Golf Rating occasion, Ratchanon Chantananuwat has received the golf world at his toes – and he’s simply 15 years of age.

The Asian Tour sensation may have been raking huge bucks on the LIV Golf Invitational at Centurion this week, however the meteoric rise of TK – as he likes to be identified – won’t see him chasing greenback payments simply but.

For he’s resisting the lures of the skilled sport to tick off his “bucket record” of huge novice occasions, and that begins subsequent week on the Beginner Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

“The primary motive I’m not turning professional is as a result of I wish to play the most important novice occasions – Beginner Championship, US Beginner and Asia Pacific – it’s like a bucket record of issues I wish to tick off,” stated the Thai teenager, who shot to fame when a final-round 65 secured a two-shot win the Belief Golf Combined Asian Cup in April.

“I’m lucky to have a whole lot of good individuals behind me, and so they’re actually smart. Aside from most likely from the followers, I’m not getting a whole lot of stress and the individuals I discuss to are simply serving to me make the fitting choice.”

TK performed his first event in Europe when the Asian Tour’s Worldwide Sequence England arrived at Slaley Corridor earlier within the month – having skilled English circumstances for the primary time in a follow spherical at St Annes Previous Hyperlinks, which hosts the stroke play rounds of the R&A’s flagship novice event alongside Lytham.

“I performed on Sunday earlier than coming to Newcastle,” he defined. “I landed in Manchester, drove to Blackpool, and performed St Annes Previous Hyperlinks.

“It was probably the most enjoyable follow spherical I’ve ever had in my life. It was so attention-grabbing – the infinite potentialities on how I may hit my photographs and the chips.

“Simply taking part in that has opened up a brand new realm of golf as a result of, in Asia, in every single place is so humid and moist. Whenever you stroll as much as the chip, the very first thing you say is, ‘The place can I land this on the inexperienced? How do I get it to cease?’

“However on hyperlinks it’s completely totally different. You’re considering, ‘I may use a pitching wedge. I may use a distinct wedge. I may even putt.’ It’s positively very attention-grabbing.”

TK has admitted the English circumstances have been one thing of a tradition shock, notably the poa greens at Slaley Corridor the place he completed in a tie for thirty sixth at 2-over par.

And springtime circumstances at St Annes Previous Hyperlinks additionally proved an eye-opener for the teenager.

“I’ve by no means actually been in circumstances this chilly and my fingers had been freezing on the first tee,” he defined.

“There have been truly about 20 individuals watching as a result of I’d requested to play by. I hit an excellent drive, hit an excellent second shot, however immediately every part was actually totally different. It was straight into the wind. I nearly needed to skinny my driver!”  

The world’s eighth ranked novice is predicted to have a huge impact within the skilled ranks wherever he performs in future years, following an anticipated scholarship at an American college.

However with the Asian Tour assisted by important funding by the Saudi Arabian arm behind LIV Golf, it could be to the sport’s latest enterprise the place he ultimately gravitates.

Forward of the inaugural occasion at Centurion, TK stated: “I’m simply excited to play and, clearly, didn’t count on Dustin Johnson to be there.”

Ratchanon Chantananuwat was talking on the Asian Tour’s Worldwide Sequence England occasion at Slaley Corridor, in Northumberland.

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