Pavit, who turns 28 next week, is excited to return to the National Golf Country Club (NGCC), the venue where he won his fifth Asian Development Tour (ADT) title by defeating home favourite Lin Wen-tang on the fourth play-off hole last year.
The talented Thai came of age when he claimed a breakthrough win on the Asian Tour in Macao last season and is feeling positive and confident of his title chances this week.
“Mentally, I feel that I’m a better player.” – Pavit Tangkamolprasert
He will challenge for the title against an elite cast which includes Filipino hotshot Miguel Tabuena, who returned to competitive golf last week after pulling an intercoastal muscle in March.
The 22-year-old Tabuena, who has one victory on the Asian Tour, is slowly finding his groove again after returning from a one month injury lay-off.
Playing in his fifth season on the Asian Tour, Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei is bracing for a low scoring week. He hopes to land a dream victory this week but will not force the issue or give himself added pressure.
- Pavit finished a career high of 10th place on the 2016 Order of Merit thanks to his victory at the Venetian Macao Open where he defeated Anirban Lahiri on the first play-off hole.
- Pavit is a five-time winner on the ADT, with two of his titles coming from Chinese Taipei. He holds the most number of wins on the ADT alongside Chan Shih-chang.
- He won an ADT event last year at the National Golf Country Club on the fourth play-off hole after forcing extra time thanks to three closing birdies. He ended regulation play tied with Lin Wen-tang on 20-under-par 268.
- Tabuena played at the National Golf Country Club in 2012 where he finished in a share of 12th place.
- The Filipino won his first Asian Tour title in his National Open in 2015 and has come close to winning in Chinese Taipei on numerous occasions. He settled for second place at the 2016 Mercuries Taiwan Masters and 2014 and 2015 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC).
- Hung is without an Asian Tour victory after playing in 64 events. He came close to his breakthrough win at the 2015 Resorts World Manila Masters before settling for tied third place.