Teenage rising star Kim raring to go at Thailand Open

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-07 14:46:19|Editor: Liu
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BANGKOK, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's young talent Kim Joo-hyung will have a point to prove when he makes his second straight appearance at the Thailand Open, which opens at the Thai Country Club in Chachoengsao on Thursday.

Kim, the youngest player in the 144-man field this week at 17 years old, won his third Asian Development Tour (ADT) title this season at the RAYA Pakistan Open two weeks ago, to earn playing rights for the remainder of the 2019 Asian Tour season.

After missing the mark at the 2019 Asian Tour Qualifying School last December, Kim switched his focus to the ADT where he has enjoyed great successes with three wins over five months and six other top-10 finishes. He leads the ADT Order of Merit with a haul of 59,451 US dollars.

Kim, who is based in Bangkok with his family, will feature in the National Open alongside Thailand's Panuphol Pittayarat and Poom Saksansin, who came in first and second respectively last year, as well as newly-crowned Asian Tour champion Suradit Yongcharoenchai.

India's Rashid Khan hopes to recover lost ground this week after enduring several near misses as he seeks his third Asian Tour title and his first since 2014. Sitting in 243rd place on the Official World Golf Ranking, Khan is the highest-ranked player in the field.

The Thailand Open will also kick off the third edition of the Asian Tour's 2019/20 Panasonic Swing, which is based on an aggregate point race that spans five events, with the final top-three players chasing a share of a lucrative bonus pool.