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International Series England: TK Ratchanon Chantananuwat aims for a crowning achievement at Newcastle ahead of LIV Golf Invitational Series

By Matt Smith
Thailand’s Ratchanon ‘TK’ Chantananuwat is looking to set the record straight at the International Series England next week, to confirm to himself that he is the record-setting star in the making everyone else it touting.

The15-year-old heads to Slaley Hall after taking the Asian Tour by storm this year and became the youngest male golfer to win on one of the game’s main Tours when he claimed the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Thailand, last month.

But it simply hasn’t sunk in for the teenager.

“I thought I would wake up one day and think ‘hang on, I just won’. It did kind of come eventually but it didn’t hit as hard,” said the schoolkid.

“It doesn’t feel real, which is actually one reason that I want to win again because I want to know what it actually feels like, maybe this time it won’t feel as unreal. It did sink in eventually that I did set a world record — I just need to somehow make that more official.

“Now that I have won I am just going to try and win again. I don’t know what to expect playing in the UK, but I plan to enjoy it and play some great golf courses.”

TK flew to England for the first time to compete in the International Series at Slaley Hall, near Newcastle, and he will tee it up at the LIV Golf Invitational at Centurion Club, St Albans, the following week before heading to the Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes and St Anne’s Old Links.

“This will be my first-time playing golf outside of Asia, other than the US, and my first time in Europe,” TK said.

“I have been thinking about this trip for weeks. Every five minutes I am sitting in school I wish it was Thursday [the day he departed]. I just wanna go, I love travelling and flying. It’s just chill sitting on an aeroplane.”

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