Golf: Ex-tennis star Paradorn cut from Asian Tour Q School

Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan, former ATP tennis world number nine, hits a shot during the Asian Tour final stage qualifying school on Jan 12, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Former Thai tennis star Paradorn Srichaphan failed to break into professional golf this week after he was cut from the Asian Tour Qualifying School (Q School) following the second round.

The 36-year-old, a former top-10 tennis player who also had a stint as a Buddhist monk, was playing Q School for the first time after earlier bids to launch his golf career fell flat.

He needed to finish in the top 40 this week in Hua Hin to gain his Asian Tour card, which would have given him access to the region's biggest professional golf circuit.

But he quickly found himself trailing, shooting a one-over 72 in the first round, followed by a dismal 10-over 81 in the second that ended his hopes as he finished tied 220th of 242 players with only the top 110 making it through to the final two rounds.

Paradorn was forced to retire from tennis in 2010 after injuring his wrist while racing motorbikes, finishing a career that took him to ninth in the world.

He also tried to make the cut as a golfer in 2013, but flopped after being handed invitational appearances on the Asean PGA Tour.

Those who made the grade in Hua Hin were led by 22-year-old South Korean tournament winner Chang Yi Keun, who posted a final round four-under 67 for a 13-under four-round total of 271.

American Dodge Kemmer was one shot behind in second while Raphael De Sousa of Switzerland took third on 273.

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