The age of innocence | Asian Tour

The age of innocence

By Calvin Koh, Head of Press Operations and Media Partnerships

It’s always refreshing to talk to the next generation of talented golfers.

Unlike some of your mega superstars, often hidden behind security, agents and utter practised answers, they are often ready to offer you an uncensored account of their lives, goals and ambitions.

Australia’s Zach Murray is one of them.

The towering Aussie is part of a new generation of Tour rookies who are taking the Asian Tour by storm.

He signaled his arrival on the biggest stage by becoming the third fastest Qualifying School graduate to win on the Asian Tour with his victory at the New Zealand Open in March.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Murray ‘just wants to keep playing well and capitalise on that win.’

It’s an honest answer that speaks volume of his career ambitions.

“Obviously that win in New Zealand has changed my life and I’m trying to take it all in now,” said the Australian.

Not to be outdone in the tale of rookies, young Thai talent Sadom Kaewkanjana surpassed Murray’s earlier feat by becoming the record fastest Qualifying School graduate to win on the Asian Tour in his very first start at the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open.

Just four months after coming through Asian Tour Qualifying School with a tied-13th result, the 20-year-old Thai claimed his maiden Tour victory in his very first start at the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open.

He wears a smile all the time and his dedication to his craft makes him admirable.

He wants to ‘work even harder and get better all the time’.

The young Thai speaks with the innocence that comes with his age but competes with the confidence of a hardened Tour veteran.

It has been an unbelievable journey for Sadom, who has now made history by becoming the fastest Qualifying School graduate to win on the Asian Tour.

“Winning in my first start on the Asian Tour, I feel very happy. I will take a lot of positives from this week and this win will give me a lot of confidence in my game. It’s been an unbelievable journey since turning professional last December,” said Sadom after his win in Dhaka.

Despite his success, Sadom believes his best is yet to come as he sets his sights on fulfilling his full potential in the big leagues.

“My initial goal was just to keep my Asian Tour card for the next season but now I have won on both the Asian Development Tour and the Asian Tour.

“I am really happy, I didn’t expect to do so well and I will have to work harder to get even better after this,” said the Thai.

So watch this space as Murray and Sadom could well strike again very soon.



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