Greater Noida: Thailand's Chinnarat Phadungsil set the stage alight when he opened his campaign at the USD 2.3 million Avantha Masters with a sensational 11-under-par 61 on Thursday. The 25-year-old was only one shot away from equalling the Asian Tour's low 18-hole score record as he amassed only 22 putts in his round to take a five-shot lead over five players bunched in second place at the Jaypee Greens Golf Course.
Bunched at the No. 2 spot were Thailand's Chapchai Nirat and current Order of Merit leader Chawalit Plaphol, India's Abhijit Chadha, China's Liang Wen-chong and Sweden's Magnus A Carlsson, who carded matching 66s at the Indian showpiece, tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).
Chinnarat became the youngest winner on the Asian Tour when he won his first title on home soil in 2005 at the age of 17 years and five days. Eight years later and armed with three titles on the region's premier Tour, the 25-year-old continues to create headlines with his performances on the golf course.