06 February 2019

Well Done, Poom!

Poom Saksansin proved himself to be a true champion at the BNI Indonesian Masters by taking the trophy at the US$750,000 event for the second time. Despite his overwhelming success, the Thai player had not been focused on victory and instead felt lucky to have won.

Three years ago, Poom won his first title at the Indonesian Masters. Overcoming all of the star players of Asia at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, Poom demonstrated he was a rising star but some insinuated his win was down to luck. It’s an opinion that could be argued as correct when referring to his performances following the 2016 Indonesian Masters; Poom only managed to add one Asian Tour title at the 2017 Take Solution Masters.

However, following the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN), PT Lautan Luas Tbk. and Bank Mandiri 2018, no one can deny he has the ability of a true champion. The 25-year-old Thai showed off why he is a class act by fending off challenges by his more illustrious rivals and fast-charging compatriots on December 13-16, 2018.

Despite only being ranked 239th in the world, Poom held his nerve against two of the world’s highest ranked players, England’s Justin Rose (World No. 2) and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (World No. 27), along with a host of Asian Tour champions who had assembled at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club for the Asian Tour season-finale.

Like his first Indonesian Masters victory in 2016, Poom had his uncle, Pratya Ployprapai, caddying for him. Together, they forged another formidable partnership to win the last event on the Asian Tour with a total of 20-under (268), three shots ahead of fellow countryman Jazz Janewattananond and five ahead of Panuphol Pittayarat.

“The course is very long for me. But I have won here before so I love coming back here. The greens are very nice this week and the course is in great condition. I always enjoy coming back to Royale Jakarta and Indonesia. I came into the week with no expectations. It depends on the conditions each day,” said Poom, as quoted by Asian Tour. “I am very excited right now and I look forward to a better season next year. I can’t wait to come back and defend my title!”

Leading by three shots over Stenson before heading to the final round, Poom, who played with the World No. 27, was visibly confident finishing the fourth round and stated that he even enjoyed the final hole.

“I really look up to Henrik. I was really happy when I saw his name in the field this week. I was hoping to play with him in the first two rounds actually. I was very happy when I finally get to play with him in the final round. I wasn’t even thinking about winning or losing. I was just thinking about playing alongside Henrik,” explained Poom.

Poom’s rise to the top of the Indonesian Masters’ leaderboard came in the second round. Breaking his personal record at Royale Jakarta Golf Club by shooting a near-flawless 9-under (63), Poom moved to the top of the leaderboard. And he never shifted from that position.

Despite his incredible victory at the tournament, Poom remains humble crediting his win to good luck. “The aim is just to keep playing under-par. This is not an easy course for me. I was just lucky today. I think I like this course. I won here before two years ago. My putting was very good today. My iron play was good too but my iron-play was the best,” said Poom.

Apart from taking home the title, Poom has proved his courage when competing at any level and facing anyone. He focused on the shots he made and the target he wanted to reach, doing it all once again at the Indonesian Masters!


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