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Ariya chases after 3rd Major victory

Published June 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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 Ariya Jutanuagrn
Ariya Jutanuagrn

Ariya chases after 3rd Major victory

sports June 23, 2019 07:05

By PGA Tour

Thai star Ariya Jutanuagrn eyes on her third Major crown as she will enter the Sunday’s final round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship one shot behind Australian leader Hannah Green at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

Ariya’s 68 on Saturday cut into what had been a three-shot lead for Green to not only begin the day, but after 16 holes. Jutanugarn birdied No. 17, before Green closed out her round with a three-putt bogey on 18, to provide the 54-hole margin. Lizette Salas and Nelly Korda are tied for third, four shots off Green’s pace. Ten players are within six shots of the lead.

“I start to make the putt today so especially on my front-9 I have a lot better commitment. I felt like today I hit my irons so well. I missed a few tee shot. The first one was pretty tough. Hit in the bunker, second shot in the bunker, putt and got up and down. So, after I made par on the first hole, okay, let’s play golf,” the Thai said.

“I felt last year I have great year but I keep thinking about the outcome, especially after you become No. 1 and you come back and play this season. I just feel like a lot of expectation not from others but myself.

It’s so tough for me to be happy. I felt like I have to say that golf is life because every time when I play bad I start to be unhappy. I start to like be disappoint and I have to learn and know that golf and life is different.

Even if I play bad, I still have the best family. My sister is always going to support me, my mom is going to always support me.” she said.

ARIYA COULD JOIN THE ELITE

If Ariya Jutanugarn finishes on top this week, she’ll join Se Ri Pak, Inbee Park, Annika Sörenstam and Karrie Webb as the only players to win a KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open and AIG Women’s British Open.

“To be honest, I don’t know and I don’t really think about it. I know what going on in my life right now, I know what I want to work on. I know tomorrow I want to play my own game. So I don’t know it’s going to help me, might not going to help,” Ariya said.

 

Green carded three birdies on Hazeltine’s front nine, but her bogey on No. 13 was her first blemish in 30 holes. Despite hitting less than half of her fairways (six of 14), Green reached 17 of 18 greens in regulation. She settled the day with a 70.

 

GREEN MEANS GO

If Hannah Green can maintain her lead and claim victory on Sunday, she’d become just the third player to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship wire-to-wire (no ties). Only two players have accomplished this to date: Yani Tseng (2011) and Se Ri Pak (1998).

Hannah Green 

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Hannah Green has led after each of the first three rounds of the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Since joining the LPGA Tour full time last year, she’d only held the lead after one round: 65 in the first round of the 2019 HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open.

 

PLAYING FROM BEHIND

While Ariya Jutanugarn, 23, will be pushing for her third major championship on Sunday, she will be doing so from an unfamiliar position. During the two majors she won — the 2016 AIG Women’s British Open and the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open — she led after 54 three rounds.

 

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE

While Hannah Green remains in search of her initial victory on the LPGA Tour, she is being pursued by four major champions, all of whom are within six shots of the lead: Ariya Jutanugarn (one shot back), Sung Hyun Park (five back), Inbee Park (six back) and Danielle Kang (six back).

 

SISTER ACT

Ariya (solo second) and Moriya (T-12) Jutanugarn enter Sunday in position to both finish inside the top 10 of the same major championship for the second time. They previously accomplished this at the 2018 ANA Inspiration, as Ariya and Moriya finished T-4 and T-6, respectively. The Korda sisters Jessica and Nelly, have yet to complete this dual top-10 feat in a major.

 

FOUR SCORE

Only four players have registered three sub-par rounds through 54 holes at Hazeltine (par 72): Hannah Green (68-69-70), Ariya Jutanugarn (70-70-68), Defending Champion Sung Hyun Park (70-71-71) and Angel Yin (71-71-71).

 

SEI YOUNG GOES LOW, MOVES HIGH

Sei Young Kim carded a third-round, 5-under 67 to move 21 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for fifth (211). Her 67 matches Jin Young Ko (second round) for the lowest round in this year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Kim owns two top-four finishes in her KPMG Women’s PGA Championship career (2015: 2nd; 2017: T-4).

 

PAST CHAMPS CHARGING

Three-time KPMG Women’s PGA champion Inbee Park (2013-’15) and 2017 winner Danielle Kang each made their move on Saturday, posting a pair of 4-under 68s to climb into the top 10. Park and Kang, both tied for seventh, trail the leader, Hannah Green, by six shots.

 

REACHABLE 16

The par-4 16th at Hazeltine played 385 yards the first two days and proved to be one of the more challenging holes on the course (R1: third toughest; R2: sixth toughest). The tees were moved up 140 yards on Saturday for a total of 245 yards and played as the third easiest hole. In fact, the total number of birdies on Saturday (29) matched the two-day total on Thursday (13) and Friday (16).

 

SATURDAY SCORING OPPORTUNTIES APLENTY

Hazeltine National played a bit more generous on Saturday than the first two rounds. Compared to just five players posting rounds in the 60s on Thursday and Friday combined, Saturday witnessed a total of 10 below-70 scores.

 

CHANGE IN PLANS

Due to anticipated bad weather overnight and into the early morning, final-round starting times (Sunday, June 23rd) will be in groups of 3 from tee #1 and tee #10 from 9:12 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.

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World Cup in Asean’s sights in ’15 years’: Thai FM

Published June 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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World Cup in Asean’s sights in ’15 years’: Thai FM

ASEAN+ June 23, 2019 01:00

By AFP

Southeast Asian nations could launch a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup, Thailand’s foreign minister said Saturday, a bold play to bring the biggest sporting show on earth to a football-mad region for the first time.

The only Asian hosts of the World Cup so far have been Japan and South Korea, in 2002.

China is widely seen as the next Asian frontrunner to hold the tournament, with its massive sporting market, wealth and infrastructure to match.

But the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc, meeting in Bangkok this weekend, is keen to steal a march on the regional superpower.

“Government sectors think this can happen… 15 years from now,” Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told reporters after talks with his counterparts.

A Thai Foreign ministry spokeswoman said “the idea will be proposed to the leaders” of ASEAN before the end of the summit on Sunday.

Since the inaugural World Cup in 1930, 17 countries have hosted the event, many of them in Europe and South America where millions of football-mad fans have descended to support their home country’s teams.

FIFA usually selects the country years in advance, and the 2026 event will go to the North American continent, with the United States, Canada and Mexico joint hosts.

But the years-long vetting process has been fraught with controversies in the past, as allegations of bribery and kickbacks have plagued FIFA over awarding the host position to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

Southeast Asia is home to tens of millions of passionate fans but it lacks high-level national teams, as well as the facilities to put on the massive event.

It is unclear which of the 10 members would host games or how FIFA would allocate the automatic qualification normally given to tournament hosts.

Teenager Atthaya scorches Phoenix course with record 63

Published June 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Atthaya Thitikul / Photo by Jirawat Srikong
Atthaya Thitikul / Photo by Jirawat Srikong

Teenager Atthaya scorches Phoenix course with record 63

sports June 22, 2019 17:59

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

Amateur Atthaya Thitikul relied on her hot putter to fire a tournament record 63, surging to a commanding eight-stroke lead over German Olivia Cowan and Esther Henseliet after round three of the Ladies European Thailand Championship at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya on Saturday.

The 16-year-old girl, winner at this course two years ago, sprinkled her dazzling round with seven birdies — five in succession from holes 7-11 — and an eagle on the seventh without a single bogey to lead with a 17-under-par 199 which was also the new record after 54 holes.

“I didn’t start well until I made my first birdie on the fifth and an eagle on the seventh, which gave me the confidence going into the back nine,” said Atthaya, after scoring the lowest round in the tournament’s history. Her round of 63 is also a course record.

“Then I started playing better, hitting close to the pins which allowed me to make easy putts,” added the teenager who kept herself relaxed by singing songs.

The local prodigy had made it clear at the start of the week that she had entered the tournament mainly to learn from the professionals. Ironically, she has outperformed the rest of the field and set herself as the heavy favourite to win on Sunday. However, she was humble and insisted she still needed to learn more from the experienced players.

“There are some tough shots that professional players can play which I need to learn. The pros also fight their way back after they make easy mistakes. I think I have so much to learn from them,” said the teenager who is on the verge of becoming the youngest player to win twice on the LET.

“There’s no guarantee yet. The two German players are also playing well. I just need to concentrate on my game plan by hitting the fairways, the greens and make putts.”

Cowan, a 23-year-old from Hamburg, shot a 67 for a total nine-under-par 207

“It was a lot cooler than the last two days. I was hitting some good shots close. My putting is a lot better than yesterday [Friday]. I was reading them better,” said Cowan who needs a runner-up finish in this week’s Ladies European Thailand Championship if she is to move into the top five on the LET order of merit and seal a place in The Evian Championship next month

“I saw on the board she [Atthaya] was 15 at that point. I was like ‘What’s going on there?’ and then I got to the next board and it’s -17. I’m like ‘wow she’s playing some really good golf’. Anything can happen on the last day. But I’m probably going to have to play for second unless she doesn’t play as well as she did today,” Cowan added.

Tour rookie Henseliet was at one point on 11-under but two bogeys in the last three holes pushed her back to nine-under.

“I was playing well but sadly I finished quite poorly. But eight shots back going into the final round wasn’t what I would expect,” said the 20-year-old winner of the Skafto Open in Sweden last week.

“Eight shots behind isn’t easy to catch up. I will play aggressive tomorrow and we will see what’s going to happen,” the German said.

Jazz moves into 54-hole lead at Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship

Published June 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Jazz Janewattananond
Jazz Janewattananond

Jazz moves into 54-hole lead at Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship

sports June 22, 2019 17:36

By Asian Tour

Cheonan, Korea  – Thai rising star Jazz Janewattananond put himself in prime position to secure a fourth Asian Tour title after carding a two-under-par 69 to grab a two-shot lead following the penultimate round of the Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Jazz, who started the round one shot back, fired five birdies against three bogeys on a tough scoring day to move atop the leaderboard with a three-day total of seven-under-par 206 at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.

Songgyu Yoo emerged as the highest-placed Korean in second place after signing for a 69. His compatriots Dongkyu Jang (69) and overnight leader Innchoon Hwang (73) shared third place on matching 209s in their National Open.

American Berry Henson and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat surged into a share of fifth place with local duo Kyongjun Moon (70) and Soomin Lee (71) on 210, thanks to superb finishes on the 570-yard par-five 18th hole.

Henson soared with an eagle on the last where he made a 30-footer from off the green for a 69 while Prom coolly sank a 35-foot long birdie putt for a battling 71 at the KRW 1,200 million (approximately US$1,067,000) event.

Despite stumbling with an outward four-over-par 40, Korean American Kevin Na bounced back with four birdies on his way home, including three straight ones from the 10th hole. He would sign for a 71 to sit in ninth place with Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai (74) on 211.

The 62nd Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Korea Golf Association (KGA), is part of The Open Qualifying Series for the third year in a row.

Two spots to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush will be awarded to the leading two players (not otherwise exempt) finishing in the top-eight and ties.

Asean may bid for 2034 Fifa World Cup

Published June 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Asean may bid for 2034 Fifa World Cup

Breaking News June 22, 2019 14:56

Asean will make a collective bid to host the Fifa World Cup in 2034, Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said on Saturday.

He was speaking after chairing the 34th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting during which, he said, Asean countries’ national football associations agreed to join hands in the bid to host the tournament.

The proposal will be forwarded for approval to leaders attending the Asean Summit on Sunday

Federer hoping to avoid three sets in 15th Halle semi-final

Published June 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Roger Federer from Switzerland returns during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain.
Roger Federer from Switzerland returns during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain.

Federer hoping to avoid three sets in 15th Halle semi-final

sports June 22, 2019 11:57

By AFP

Roger Federer said he was hoping for some easier victories after a battling 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the last four of the ATP event in Halle for the 15th time.

World number three Federer is chasing a record-extending tenth title on the Halle grass as he warms up for Wimbledon next month, but has had to scrap to stay in the tournament this week.

He prevailed in a gruelling three-set encounter with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday, and was taken the distance again by Bautista Agut in Friday’s quarter-final.

“My body is reacting well to the grass, so I would prefer the matches to be shorter,” said Federer.

“But if not, it’s no problem. I have enough time to recover before Wimbledon.”

The Swiss next faces Andy Murray’s Wimbledon doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert in Saturday’s semi-finals.

“I know Pierre-Hugues well. He returns well and looks to get to the net, which makes him a great grass player,” said Federer.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has now reached the last four in each of his last 15 appearances at Halle since losing to Pat Rafter in the 2001 quarters.

The 37-year-old will be aiming for his ninth Wimbledon triumph in July, having seen Rafael Nadal cut his lead in the all-time Grand Slam title winners’ list to two with victory at the French Open earlier this month, when the Spaniard beat Federer in the semi-finals.

 

– ‘Unbelievable energy’ for Herbert –

 

Herbert won the first set of his quarter-final 7-5 against reigning champion Borna Coric, before the Croatian retired with a back problem.

The 28-year-old Frenchman said that he felt an “unbelievable energy” going into his first-ever meeting with Federer.

“It will be unbelievable for me to face Roger. I have played against Nadal, against Djokovic, against Murray, but never against him,” said Herbert.

Earlier on Friday, world number five Alexander Zverev suffered a surprise 6-3, 1-6, 6-7 (3/7) quarter-final defeat by Belgium’s David Goffin.

Home favourite Zverev was playing with a swollen knee after slipping and hurting himself in the first round, and the Halle crowd watched on in dismay as he struggled to find his rhythm against world number 33 Goffin.

“You can look at things negatively or positively. I played three good matches here, and it’s not as if he blew me away today,” said Zverev.

The defeat compounds a disappointing grass season so far for the German, who suffered another early exit on home soil in Stuttgart last week at the hands of compatriot Dustin Brown.

The 22-year-old is hoping to rediscover his form and fitness in time for the beginning of Wimbledon on July 1.

“I am not at 100 percent, but I think I’ll be ok,” he said.

Goffin will face Italian talent Matteo Berrettini in the semi-finals.

Berrettini continued his excellent 2019 form with a 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Russian third seed Karen Khachanov.

Berrettini, 23, won his third ATP title of the season in Stuttgart last week, and has soared up to 22 in the world rankings this year.

Sanchez sends Chile into Copa America quarter-finals

Published June 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Chile's Alexis Sanchez (L) takes a free-kick against Ecuador during their Copa America football tournament. / AFP
Chile’s Alexis Sanchez (L) takes a free-kick against Ecuador during their Copa America football tournament. / AFP

Sanchez sends Chile into Copa America quarter-finals

sports June 22, 2019 11:25

By AFP

Alexis Sanchez put a miserable club season with Manchester United behind him as he sent Chile into the Copa America quarter-finals with the winning goal in Friday’s 2-1 win over Ecuador.

Jose Fuenzalida gave reigning champions Chile an eighth-minute lead but Enner Valencia equalized for Ecuador from the spot.

Sanchez bagged the winner, his 43rd goal for his country, but Chile finished with 10 men after Gabriel Achilier’s red card a minute from time.

The 30-year-old Sanchez started only nine Premier League matches, scoring just once, in an injury-interrupted season for the Red Devils in which he struggled to make an impact when he did play.

But he scored for the second game running in Salvador as Chile joined Colombia as the only teams to qualify for the knock-out stages after their first two games.

However, he revealed afterwards that he turned his ankle during the first half, aggravating an old injury.

“I think I have a sprain, I hope it’s not too serious. At half-time they strapped it up, I played on with a bit of pain,” he said.

Chile top Group C with a perfect six points ahead of their clash with Uruguay at Rio’s iconic Maracana on Monday.

Ecuador are left staring elimination in the face after a second straight defeat, knowing they must beat Japan in Belo Horizonte on Monday to stand any chance of progressing.

“We put in a huge effort but we’re making the mistake of switching off and that’s why they scored silly goals,” moaned Valencia.

“We’ll try and beat Japan and then see where that takes us.”

Chile began as they had left off in their 4-0 thrashing of Japan last Monday, opening the scoring after just eight minutes.

Ecuador made a hash of clearing a corner and Fuenzalida sent an angled volley from the edge of the area into the far bottom corner.

Ecuador brought the same muscular approach to the game that had seen them reduced to 10 men in their opener against Uruguay — a 4-0 loss.

Sebastian Mendez found himself in the referee’s book after just three minutes for a robust challenge on Charles Aranguiz.

 

– Rushes of blood –

 

However, it was Chile who were lucky to reach the break with a full complement after goalkeeper Gabriel Arias suffered two rushes of blood to the head.

First he clattered into Mendez inside the area, allowing Valencia to chip home the equalizer from the spot on 28 minutes.

Arias escaped further sanction, though, and that saved him five minutes before the break when he charged rashly out of his area to try to beat the speedy Romario Ibarra to the ball on the flank.

Ibarra went down from the slightest brush of contact and after a lengthy VAR delay, Arias was shown a yellow card.

In what proved a niggly encounter, referee Patricio Loustau showed nine yellow cards and a red.

“We lacked the intelligence to control the game after the first goal,” said Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda.

“Ecuador reacted really well and equalized in a moment in which we lost our shape.”

Chile were back in front early in the second period after more poor Ecuador defending.

Aranguiz was allowed to turn and cross far too easily on the right and Sanchez was left unmarked at the back post to side-foot a volley beyond the despairing dive of Alexander Dominguez.

Ecuador were bossing possession but were toothless up front, while Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas provided far greater cut and thrust for Chile.

Awesome Ariya trails Green three shots at Women’s PGA Championship

Published June 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Awesome Ariya trails Green three shots at Women’s PGA Championship

sports June 22, 2019 11:06

By The Nation

Former world No 1  Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand shot a second round 70 to fall three strokes behind Hannah Green of Australia after the midway stage at the Women’s PGA Championship on Friday.

The two-time Major champion shot two birdies and an eagle on the seventh hole in the second round and will go into the weekend actions with an overall score of four under-par-140.

“I need to really be me today and be tough today. Just like I feel so much better because I learned to be patient,” said Ariya who won the British Women’s Open in 2017 and the U.S. Women’s Open last year.

The Thai is looking for her first title since winning the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open last July.

“The course going to be very tough and I don’t know it’s going to be raining or windy. Just this course is tough. You need to be patient and I feel I did pretty good job today to be patient,” added the 10-time LPGA winer.

Green has both momentum and luck on her side as she extended her lead after shooting two-under 70 at the Hazeltine National golf course in Chaska, Minnesota.

The 22-year-old Aussie maintained her momentum from a superb opening round in which she needed just 23 putts. On Friday she made 27 putts en route to a three-under 69 and a seven-under 137 total.

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, who shot 70, and defending champion Park Sung-hyun, who shot 71, are tied for third at 141.

Nelly Korda is at 142 with Angel Yin while Lizette Salas, Moriya Jutanugarn, Lin Xiyu, Kang Ji-min, Caroline Hedwall, Nuria Iturrioz, Kim Hyo-joo, Pernilla Lindberg and Lexi Thompson are at 143.

Green also holed a shot for the second straight day, this time after putting her second shot on the par-four 12th in the water. After a penalty drop, her ball ended up tucked down in the rough. But she gouged it out with a wedge, and it rolled straight in for a par save.

“When it went in, I just laughed,” she said of the lucky break. “I guess with the hole-out on seven yesterday and the hole-out today, it’s really going my way.”

Green’s best previous finish at a major was a tie for 16th at last year’s ANA Inspiration.

Green started her round with a bogey on the first hole –- the lone blemish on her scorecard -– but birdied Nos. 2, 6, 8 and 14.

American Michelle Wie returned to competition for the first time in two months and stumbled to the finish for the second straight day with a shocking 10-over 82.

Wie, who is coming off wrist surgery, had one of the worst performances of her career finishing in 147th place with a 22-over 166 score.

“Not great,” Wie said when asked how her hand felt. “In an ideal world, I’d wake up and be fine and play next week. Going to go back and figure out what’s next.”

Shock resignations rock beaten Thais

Published June 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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MANAGERS in sport Exiting together: Nuengrutai Srathongvian and team manager Nualphan Lamsam.
MANAGERS in sport Exiting together: Nuengrutai Srathongvian and team manager Nualphan Lamsam.

Shock resignations rock beaten Thais

sports June 22, 2019 01:00

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation Weekend

Coach and manager quit as World Cup exit is confirmed.

The future of women’s football in Thailand has been thrown into doubt after coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian and team benefactor Nualphan Lamsam quit their jobs in the wake of the World Cup exit in Rennes on Friday (Thailand time).

The two key figures in the women’s game announced their resignations after Thailand lost 2-0 to Chile in their third and last Group F game.

The Chaba Kaew entered the match knowing they were already out of the tournament, their slimmest of hopes snuffed having been earlier snuffed out by Cameroon’s last-gasp 2-1 win over New Zealand in Group E.

Only a draw between those the two countries, followed by a Thai win over Chile, would have sent the Kingdom into the round of 16.

The Thai women are coming home on the back of three straight losses: the record 13-0 mauling at the hands of the USA, the reigning champions, 5-1 to Sweden and 2-0 to Chile. Four years ago in Canada, they did at least muster one victory, 3-2 over Ivory Coast, combined with 4-0 defeats by Norway and Germany.

“We were unable to improve our results from the last World Cup. We have to accept that the other teams in our group were better than us,” said Nuengrutai, 47, who has coached the team since 2014.

“We were pushed to the limit in every game, which was so tough. We don’t have many female football players [in Thailand]. With several restrictions, it’s hard for us to keep going.”

Nuengrutai and Nualphan had made a deal some time ago that if they helped Thailand qualify for the World Cup for the second time, they would leave the team afterwards, no matter how well they performed in France.

Nuengrutai said she would return to work for a sports school in Khon Kaen, while team manager Nualphan said: “Being the manager of the women’s football team for 12 years has been the highlight of my career. The coach and I have already agreed that we will leave our roles. Thank you to all the players for the hard work and for their support.”

The departure of the two leading lights leaves a big question mark over the women’s – Nuengrutai led Thailand to consecutive World Cup Finals and Nualphan had always been the team’s main financial backer.

She is the president and chief executive of Muang Thai Insurance, which has been the main sponsor of the women’s team but whose contract with the Football Association of Thailand ends in December.

“I hope that the government and the private sector will pay more attention to women’s football as it can also build the country’s reputation,” Nualphan said.

“We still see a big gap between the women’s team and men’s team, which has a lot more support.”

Singing in the sun – Atthaya surges to halfway lead

Published June 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Atthaya Thitikul / Photo by Jirawat Srikong
Atthaya Thitikul / Photo by Jirawat Srikong

Singing in the sun – Atthaya surges to halfway lead

sports June 22, 2019 01:00

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation Weekend

Pattaya – Former champion Atthaya Thitikul will head into the weekend rounds of the Ladies European Thailand Championship with a two-shot lead over German rookie Esther Henseliet after a best-of-day 67 at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club on Friday.

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The youngest winner on the LET at only 14 in the inaugural edition here two years ago, Atthaya opened round two in style with back-to-back birdies and shot four more against a lone bogey on the 12th for a halfway score of eight under-par 136.Now 16, the teen prodigy was a picture of fun and relaxation on the course, singing and humming songs to help herself enjoy the greens and rid herself of pressure and expectations.

“I love to sing songs while playing,” said the teenager, who is playing her first event on home soil since the Amata Friendship Cup in December. “I feel relaxed to do that and it helps me play well.

“I hit the irons well and got close to the pins, which made it easier to shoot scores. I hit the ball wherever I wanted to.”

Atthaya who won the Youth Olympics gold medal in a mixed event with Vanchai Luangnitikul in Buenos Aires last year, is now in pole position to repeat her 2017 success on her home course but insisted winning for the second time was not yet in her mind.

“You cannot help feeling excited being in the lead on a Ladies European Tour. However, I don’t think too far ahead as for me it’s still an opportunity for me to learn from the pros,” said the 16-year-old.

Esther Henseliet

In-form Henseliet, 20, recovered from a triple bogey on the second hole to fire three birdies and a bogey by the turn, followed by four more birdies, one eagle and a bogey on the way back to card a 68 and stand on six under-par-138.

“It was an adventure today. I had a triple bogey on the second, so not the start you’re hoping for,” said the German, who claimed her first title on the LET Access Series, the Skafto Open in Sweden only last week.

She is another youngster promising great things – earlier this month she performed creditably to finish tied 30th in the US Women’s Open, her first major appearance.

“It’s been a great year so far. I was a bit jet-lagged and tired from the last few weeks, but I really like this course,” she said. “It’s very hot but I like the warm weather. I’ll keep trying to continue doing what I’ve been doing the last few days.”

Two shots further back on 140 are Carmen Alonso of Spain (69), American Beth Allen  (71) and German Olivia Cowan (72).

Australian-Thai Whitney Hillier recovered from an opening 73 to hit a second-round 68 for a two-day total of three under-par-141 to share sixth along with overnight leader Lina Boqvist of Sweden (74), 18-year-old Thai Onkanok Soisuwan (72), Filippa Moork of Sweden (71), and Tonje Daffinrud of Norway (70).

“I played well today to give myself lots of birdies and one eagle. I’m happy to make it to the weekend rounds in my motherland,” said Hillier from Joondalup in Perth.

Hyun Ju Yoo 

Defending champion Kanyalak Preedasuttijit slipped back with a 74 to sit seven strokes off the lead as a total of 69 players, including South Korean poster girl Hyun Ju Yoo made made the four-over-par cut.

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