Poom psyched for maiden Major   | Asian Tour

Poom psyched for maiden Major  

Published on July 14, 2021

Three-time Asian Tour winner Poom Saksansin says it will be a “great honour” to play in this week’s Open Championship, as it will mark the first time he has competed in one of golf’s four Majors.

“The Open is very important for me as it’s my first Major. It’s a very big event. I’m very happy to attend this tournament,” said the Thai star, who will tee off at 3.54pm (GMT) in the first round with American Kurt Kitayama, also a winner on the Asian Tour, and Deyen Lawson from Australia.

“When I was a junior, I used to play on the links course – it’s buffeted by strong winds and deep bunkers.”

The 28-year-old, who qualified via the 2020 SMBC Singapore Open, says he has been working on making his body stronger to deal with the more exacting conditions that come with links golf, and he has been practising his “straight shot”.

SANDWICH, ENGLAND – JULY 13: Poom Saksansin of Thailand tees off during a practice round for The 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 13, 2021 in Sandwich, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/R&A/R&A via Getty Images )

“I only got the course information from the internet. Although I have no idea about the course conditions, I aim to make the cut. I admit that I never played in the course conditions like that but I will try my best to play without pressure,” added Poom, who flew into the UK on Saturday.

“During the pandemic, I had a lot more time to practice and improve my flight ball. Also, I have been competing in golf tournaments in Thailand,” he added.

“I think I practiced too much as there were just a few local tournaments. My performance during the year was not very good – sometimes I have been playing with stress. I felt pressured while I was playing. I was not playing that well as I was playing before the pandemic.

“Although I practiced a lot, my game was not improving. I decided to practice less so I haven’t got back pain and I feel more comfortable. I’m a better player with less practice.”

The tournament tees-off on Thursday at Royal St George’s with Ireland’s Shane Lowry defending the title he won at Royal Portrush in 2019 (the event was cancelled last year because of the pandemic).

SINGAPORE- Poom Saksansin of Thailand an Open qualifier pictured on Sunday January 19,2020, during the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore. The USD$ 1 million event is co- sanctioned with the Asian Tour and Japan Tour, January 16-19, 2020. Picture by Paul Lakatos/Lagardére Sports.

Ten Asian Tour members are competing: Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond – the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion – Americans John Catlin and Johannes Veerman, Australian Brad Kennedy, Ryosuke Kinoshita and Rikuya Hoshino from Japan, Canadian Richard T. Lee, and Jaco Ahlers from South Africa.