THAI TEEN DENWIT BORIBOONSUB POISED FOR QUICK BLUE CANYON REBOUND
May 17, 2022
The 18-year-old happily hasn't had long to dwell on his near miss at last week's Blue Canyon Classic
By Kent Gray After coming within a whisker of his maiden Asian Development Tour (ADT) title two days ago, Denwit Boriboonsub cruelly understood what Jack Nicklaus meant when he uttered one of golf’s most famous quotes long before the Thai teen was born.
“Golf is not, and never has been, a fair game.”
With three successive 66s for an impressive -15 total on the Lakes layout at Blue Canyon Country Club, Boriboonsub looked to have produced the consummate front-runner's performance to capture the Blue Canyon Classic on Sunday. What no one had figured on, or could even account for due to the lack of live scoring, was China’s Chen Guxin storming home three groups ahead with seven birdies in his last eight holes to get to -16.
Boriboonsub was finally alerted to Guxin’s clubhouse lead after hitting his own approach into the 54th and final hole but could not coax in the resulting 10-footer for birdie to force a playoff. It stung but perhaps the talented Thai 18-year-old will take some solace from another timeless golf ditty.
"I never learned anything from a match I won,” said Bobby Jones.
Thankfully Boriboonsub doesn’t have long to dwell on his near-miss with the $75,000 Blue Canyon Open, the final event of the quickfire Beautiful Thailand Swing, getting underway on the adjoining Canyon course at Blue Canyon Country Club on Wednesday.
As Ben Hogan once said, “The most important shot in golf is the next one.”
"The Blue Canyon Classic, the final round, I mean I played pretty well but it was just not my day,” said Boriboonsub. "The winner, [Guxin] he shot seven birdies in his last nine holes. I shot five-under, yeah 66, but yeah, this is golf. I’m happy with the result to finish solo second.
"I thought I’d done enough, but there’s no live scoring and I think five-under was still pretty good.”
It seems it is only a matter of time before Boriboonsub captures his first Asian Tour title and it won’t be a surprise if it comes this week or on the main tour. The now world No.436 has already won on the All Thailand Golf Tour (ATGT) and finished joint runner-up behind countryman Phachara Khongwatmai at the Asian Tour's Laguna Phuket Championship in December.
"I think that one, it’s a confidence booster for me, for that young age, for a [then] 17-years-old, to get second place on the Asian Tour is huge. To get more confidence and I got world ranking points also, it’s a lot,” said Boriboonsub.
"My goal is to win this week but let's see, let’s hope it works."
Do you feel like you are closer to victory, especially after going so close two days ago?
"I’m not sure now. I’ll just play my best and hope for the results, hope they come my way.”
Like many young stars in waiting, Boriboonsub envisions a future crisscrossing the globe. Unlike others, the young Thai possesses the calm demeanour of a far more grizzled veteran. The way he emotionally flat-lined his way through the final round of the Blue Canyon Classic was as impressive as his ball-striking and patient course management.
"At the end of the year, I’ll go to Asian Tour Q-School and DP World Tour. This is the beginning of the journey. I’m pretty happy with the results in Thailand but my goal is to play in Europe or the PGA Tour.”
As Boriboonsub works his way through the Asian Tour eco-system, he’ll do well to remember the wise words of Nicklaus, Jones and Hogan along the way. It’s not the wins that shape you, rather how you respond to adversity. The first evidence of that will become evident when Boriboonsub makes his way to the 10th tee for his 7.40am tee time.