Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Prom Meesawat of Thailand carded a final round 66 to secure a T14 spot at this year’s ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf, and finish nine strokes ahead of the Japanese pairing, represented by Satoshi Kodaira and Hideto Tanihara.
Although not an official head to head, the scores between stars of Team Thailand and Team Japan, all of whom will compete at Amata Spring Country Club from 21-23 December, was a close-run affair until late into the final round. The testing weather conditions and immaculate presentation of Metropolitan Golf Club near Melbourne, Australia, provided a stern test for pairings from both sides, with the Thai pairing showing their Sunday experience and fine form to soar clear of their soon to be Japanese rivals.
The global stars from both Team Thailand and Team Japan have all now been announced and consist of two world-class line-ups, including recent LPGA winner Nasa Hataoka, Women’s World #1 Ariya Jutanugarn, and Japan Golf Tour winners Kodai Ichihara and Masahiro Kawamura.
Speaking on the tournament, Team Japan member Satoshi Kodaira said: “It’ll be fun playing in this event. I’m really looking forward to it. We are up against some of the best players in Thailand, so it will be exciting to see what happens. Hopefully we can utilise our current form and rely on past experiences to win the first Amata Friendship Cup.”
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