THAI SENSATION RATCHANON ‘TK’ CHANTANANUWAT TURNS TEACHER AS HE HOSTS GOLF LESSON AT HIS SCHOOL AHEAD OF LIV GOLF’S ASIAN DEBUT

World’s youngest ever male tour winner, just 15, leads Q&A session and fun golf lessons ahead of this week’s LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok at Stonehill

PATHUM THANI, THAILAND – OCTOBER 04: Ratchanon Chantananuwat runs a clinic at the Shrewsbury International School of Bangkok Riverside prior to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bangkok at Stonehill Golf Course on October 04, 2022 in Pathum Thani, . (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf/via Getty Images)

Bangkok, Thailand (October 5, 2022): Thai teenager Ratchanon Chantananuwat, the youngest ever male player to win an official Tour event, took time out of his usual school day at the Shrewsbury International School Bangkok Riverside on Tuesday to host a special golfing clinic with the school’s younger pupils to raise awareness about the sport ahead of this week’s LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, the biggest event ever to be staged in Asia.

PATHUM THANI, THAILAND – OCTOBER 04: Ratchanon Chantananuwat runs a clinic at the Shrewsbury International School of Bangkok Riverside prior to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bangkok at Stonehill Golf Course on October 04, 2022 in Pathum Thani, . (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf/via Getty Images)

The 15-year-old, known as TK, made headlines in the sporting world earlier this year by roaring to victory as an amateur in the Asian Tour’s US$750,000 Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup at Siam Country Club’s Waterside Course in April.

PATHUM THANI, THAILAND – OCTOBER 04: Ratchanon Chantananuwat runs a clinic at the Shrewsbury International School of Bangkok Riverside prior to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bangkok at Stonehill Golf Course on October 04, 2022 in Pathum Thani, . (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf/via Getty Images)

TK competed in the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational London, June 9-11, and has since served as a reserve player and golfing ambassador for the LIV Golf series. While not competing in this week’s $25 million LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, which takes place from October 7-9 at Stonehill in the northern outskirts of the city, he’ll be on hand alongside some of the world’s best players. The event features this year’s Open winner Cameron Smith and multiple major winners Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka, to name just some of the 48 superstars set to battle it out in Bangkok.

LIV Golf has a commitment to bringing new audiences to the game through its supercharged product, and ahead of the tournament – which includes an individual and team format – TK took time out from his studies to host a special masterclass and Q&A session, offering tips to those who wanted to follow in his footsteps.

PATHUM THANI, THAILAND – OCTOBER 04: Ratchanon Chantananuwat runs a clinic at the Shrewsbury International School of Bangkok Riverside prior to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bangkok at Stonehill Golf Course on October 04, 2022 in Pathum Thani, . (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf/via Getty Images)

He also put 14 lucky members of Shrewsbury’s after-school beginner golf programme through their paces, before distributing caps to the budding young golfers aged between six and 10.

TK said: “The school has helped me so much, so giving back to them is good; I can give them a favour back in return. Everywhere I go, people are actively trying to help – whether that’s the Asian Tour or the guys at LIV Golf. So it’s really nice that I can do that for the next generation.”

While some golfers might be in awe of such a promising young talent, TK’s current Physical Education teacher Ian Radcliffe explained how down-to-earth the Thai sensation – who used his visit to distribute some free tickets to his peers and their families – really is.

Radcliffe said: “When I first arrived (as a teacher), TK was in Year 2 alongside my son. They have become friends over the years and are now in the same class.

“Obviously, I followed TK’s golf right from the early competitions we used to go to, right up to now playing on the full tour. It’s great to see. He is such a nice lad, he has still got that humility. He’s just TK to us. A world-class golfer, but when you see him in class with the other students, he’s just like everyone else.”

There was a real buzz around the school at the prospect of watching some of the world’s best tee it up over three days at Stonehill, and TK said: “I know a lot of the Thai fans are hyped. I have never seen this much media attention. I’ve gotten so many texts from friends saying ‘I want to go to this LIV Golf event’.

“I think the LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For aspiring juniors especially, I definitely urge all of you to come watch it because you’re going to see so much good golf. As they say, ‘seeing is believing’ and I think from watching, you will be able to learn a lot of things. With how LIV Golf is designed, the players are really accessible to the fans. You might be able to get a signature from Phil Mickelson, or Dustin Johnson, Cam Smith or all of the other big players.” 

The LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok takes place at Stonehill from October 7-9, and tickets are available now. General admission price for a single-day grounds pass is 800THB, with three-day passes on sale for 1600THB at LIVGolf.com or at thaiticketmajor.com. Single day and three-day hospitality packages for the popular Club 54 and Gallery Club experiences are also available. Those under 15 are able to enter for free.

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