All Thailand Tour Order of Merit winner Prayad Marksaeng viewed players of his generation still have the edge over the young bloods who are distracted by modern gadget and lack of determination.
The 50-year-old from Hua Hin who was announced the 2015 All Thailand Tour No 1 following a total of BT2.19 Million in prize money during the press conference of the 2016 season yesterday said the senior players including Thai No 1 Thongchai Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant would still be the odds against the young guns who are addicted to communicative device.
“Although the young players are getting better, players my age are still better. I’ve seen several young ones playing game on their mobile phones at lunch which is something I have never done,” said Prayad , winner of nine Asian Tour titles.
Prayad said players of his generation were more focused and took the game more seriously which explained why older players are more successful on the tour.
“For me, all I think about at lunch is a game plan to play. All my focus is on strategies to play in order to give myself a good position on the leader’s board. I don’t understand how could these kids play a game on a lunch table where they are supposed to eat,” Prayad made his remark.
The veteran said as long as the seniors are in great shape, it would be hard for the young ones to catch up with. He now runs every morning to stay fit with a tight schedule lying ahead this year both in the open and senior tours.
“The young guys have the strength while we have the game. To play against them we have to remain physically strong. I concentrate more on my fitness this year as I have so many upcoming events like the Japan Tour, Senior Japan Tour and two Senior PGA events. If they do not overlap with the All Thailand Tour programme, I would play at home for sure,” added Prayad.
While Prayad won the men’s top prize money last year, Saranporn Langkulgasettrin took home the Order of Merit title in the women’s category after she earned a total of BT161,000 in 2015. Thongchai won the Player of the Year award while young Danthai Boonma was named the 2015 Rookie of the Year.
A total of 12 tournaments are included in the 2016 All Thailand Tour with the first stop already finished and won by teenage sensation Phachara Khongwatmai on Sunday at the Singha Khon Kaen Golf Club. The remaining events are due in Hua Hin, Nakhon Nayok, Rayong, Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Phuket, Samui, Hua Hin and Chiang Rai.
The already finished Singha E San Open and the upcoming Singha Hua Hin Open (in April in Hua Hin) and Singha Pattaya Open (July) are Asean Tour co-sanctioned events while the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation (September in Hua Hin) and Boonchu Runagkit Championship (December in Nakhon Ratchasima) are ATDT co-sanctioned events.