Sentosa, Singapore, October 16: Pavit Tangkamolprasert who hails from Thailand, is a name to remember on the Asian Tour.
While not necessarily a big name yet, the Thai has established himself to be a force to reckon with on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) since he turned professional in 2007.
With five wins on the ADT in the bag, Pavit shares the same record with Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang for the most number of ADT victories.
The Thai broke into the Asian Tour winners’ circle for the first time in 2016 when he won the Venetian Macao Open. He had three top 10 finishes in 2016 at the Queen’s cup, Venetian Macao Open and BANK BRI-JCB Indonesian Open.
To top it off, the 28-year-old ended the season on a high when he became the only Thai to finish in the top 10 on the order of merit.
“Winning the 2016 Venetian Macao Open was the best memory of my life,” said Pavit.
His success from the win served as an inspiration to his peers on the ADT, that it was certainly a platform for these younger players to chase their dreams.
The win moved him up the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) from 414th before the tournament to 244th where he would end the season at 240th on the OWGR, which was the second lowest in his career.
“The ADT gave me the opportunity to become a better player,” said Pavit.
The transition for many of the players from ADT to the Asian Tour is huge on many different levels.
For one, you’re playing in a lot more events with a quality field. This next level is daunting for any ADT golfer, to be playing against the big boys and competing with the best in Asia.
Pavit was able to find that same source of confidence he had to close tournaments on the ADT, to draw on the different conditions he had experienced, and replicate it on the Asian Tour.
Pavit also owes the rise in his ranks to his change in mindset when he plays on the Asian Tour.
“I enjoy every week when I play on the Asian Tour,” said Pavit.
Surrounded by his peers and familiar faces who he grew up competing with on the ADT, is a source of comfort for the Thai as the Tour continues to remain a competitive learning ground for him.
“As the Tour keeps growing, more people will come to play in Asia,” added Pavit.